On this day, January 13 in 1968, the “Man in Black” played two shows at Folsom Prison. He was backed by June Carter, Carl Perkins, and The Tennessee Three. The live recordings from these performances would find themselves on an album later that year.
In May 1968, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison was released by Columbia Records. The album consisted of 15 tracks from Cash’s first performance that winter day at Folsom and two from the second.
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison was a hit. The album reached number one on the country charts. This album was a turning point in Johnny Cash’s career as he had seen a downturn due to his drug abuse problems.
Johnny Cash first found an interest in Folsom Prison while serving in the Air Force. His unit watched the 1951 film, Inside the Walls at Folsom Prison. Watching this film, was what inspired Johnny Cash to write the song, “Folsom Prison Blues.”
Inmates from all across the country could relate to Johnny Cash’s perception of what life as an inmate might be like. Some of these inmates wrote to Cash asking him to play for them at their prisons. The first prison Johnny was able to oblige this request was at Huntsville in Texas. Home of Texas death row. Way back in 1957.
Cash later would record other albums from inside prison walls. In 1969 he recorded At San Quentin. 1973 would see Johnny Cash record from a prison in Sweden called, Österåker Prison. From a prison inTennessee in 1974, Cash would join with Linda Ronstadt, Roy Clark, Foster Brooks and the Tennessee Threeto record the album, A Concert Behind Prison Walls.
Cash is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. His genre-spanning music embraced country, rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel sounds. This crossover appeal earned him the rare honor of being inducted into the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.-Wikipedia
“Life is the question and life is the answer, and God is the reason, and love is the way.”– Johnny Cash
The world needs more Johnny’s do what you love and love what you do and love people and follow your dreams.