A 72-year-old country-and-western singer from Highland, Indiana, says that Johnny Cash stole his name.
[A]ccording to another Johnny Cash -- the former owner of the Country Porch tavern in Hammond -- the legendary singer was not the person he claimed to be.
"He was born with the initials 'J.R.' Cash; that is the name that was on his birth certificate," said the local Cash. "But when you go into the service, you need a first name, and that is when he added 'Johnny. Another guy took my name and made it famous." [Link]