Tuesday, January 13, 2015

1/13/1968 Johnny Cash goes to prison

January 13, 1968.  On this day Johnny Cash recorded a live album at Folsom Prison in California.  He won his first Grammy Award for his live performance of "Folsom Prison Blues," a song he wrote while serving in the Air Force in Germany in the 1950s.

Cash said he came up with the famous line "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die," by thinking of the worst possible reason  to kill someone.  That line was yanked from the single version after Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June.  The song hit Number 1.

1 comment:

  1. I can't think who it was but there was some famous country singer who was touring with Cash and said he thought Cash's performance in Folsom Prison had been one of his best. Cash thought for a moment and said "I don't remember you playing with us when we played Folsom." The singer laughed and said "I was one of the inmates in the audience!"