Today (1/13/1968), Johnny Cash recorded a live album while playing a concert at California’s Folsom Prison.

Cash had already been performing at prisons for several years before recording that album.

Johnny was joined by June Carter (not yet his wife), the Carter Family, Carl Perkins and the Statler Brothers.

'Folsom Prison Blues,' was one of the songs he played at the concert and of course wound up on the 'At Folsom Prison' album. The song, which was originally written and recorded in 1955, was first featured on Cash’s debut album. It wasn't until releasing the live version that the single became a No. 1 hit.

The live version of “Folsom Prison Blues” stayed at the top of the charts for four weeks and was a huge boost to Johnny's career. Before that, Cash had failed to have a No. 1 hit since topping the charts in 1964 with “Understand Your Man.”

Other well-known songs on At Folsom Prison include “Cocaine Blues,” “The Long Black Veil,” “Green, Green Grass of Home” and “Jackson,” - a duet with June.

This is a Great album to add to your collection!


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