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Johny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues

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In 1957 Johnny Cash was the first artist to release a long-playing album on Sun Records. The LP was called “Johnny Cash With His Hot and Blue Guitar”. This was one of 18 LPs released from Sun. Only two of them where released before Johnny Cash left Sun. With success came heavy drinking and addiction to amphetamines and barbiturates. In many ways cash was losing control of his life, but his creativity still kept delivering hits. In 1963 he released the major crossover hit “Ring of Fire”. The song was written by June Carter (who married John in 1968), and Merle Kilgore. While you’d think it would be referring to the drinking game “ring of fire”, it is really about falling in love. The song reached #1 on the Country Charts and made it to the top 20 (#17) at the Singles charts.

Cash had always felt great compassion for prisoners. Ever since he saw the movie “Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison” and wrote “Folsom Prison Blues”, Cash has worked for better rights for prisoners. Cash started performing in prisons in the late ‘50s, but the successfull live albums were not yet to come. But in 1968, Cash went to the prison that he used in one of his greatest hits, Folsom Prison. This concert resulted with the album “Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison”, with the powerfull rendition of “Folsom Prison Blues” as the introduction.Cash continued his prison concerts, and in 1969 he came to San Quentin. This also resulted in an album; “Johnny Cash at San Quentin”. This album contained the huge hit “A Boy Named Sue”.