When the Man in Black Went to Prison

On this very day in 1968, singer/songwriter Johnny Cash walked into Folsom Prison in California and lit the country music world on fire. We’ve all heard the phrase music soothes the savage beast. Well not in this case.

Inspired by a 1950s film of the same name, Cash wrote Folsom Prison Blues in 1955 and said that one day he would play that song inside its walls. Many of his peers thought he was crazy but thirteen years later he would do just that. And the rest, as they say is history. But what did this do for Johnny’s career?

Johnny was set with depression, in his personal life and with his music. This live performance and subsequent album release revived his career, his marriage, and his life. Johnny went on to have a career that would span decades and inspire so many.


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