Illness hasn't turned Johnny Cash into a shrinking violet, judging from an advertisement in the March 14 issue of the trade magazine Billboard.

In a full-page ad celebrating the singer's recent Grammy Award for "Unchained" as best country album, a photograph shows Cash making an obscene gesture.It reads: "American Recordings and Johnny Cash would like to acknowledge the Nashville music establishment and country radio for your support."

Cash, 66, receives scant radio play of his new music.