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May 24, 2018

Who remembers Johnny Cash “At Folsom Prison”?

Filed under: Music — furtherglory @ 12:55 pm

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2018/05/24/johnny-cash-folsom-prison-50th-anniversary/633332002/

Johnny Cash never actually shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.

But the rowdy inmates of California’s Folsom State Prison didn’t seem to mind, loudly cheering the country icon as he sang those famous words in Folsom Prison Blues, which hit the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 50 years ago on May 25, 1968.

The outlaw anthem is taken from Cash’s seminal live effort At Folsom Prison, which he recorded over two shows inside prison walls on Jan. 13, 1968, before releasing the album that May. He was inspired to write the song in 1953 while serving in the U.S. Air Force, after watching the 1951 movie Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison. He originally recorded and released it as a single in 1955 and it became a top-5 hit on country radio.

But it wasn’t until he recorded a live version of the track in 1968 — which he performed for an estimated 1,000 prisoners — that it managed to cross over onto the pop charts, peaking at No. 32 on the Hot 100 that summer.

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