A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
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.