Looking Back 50 Years After Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Performance – NPR

“Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” Those words were uttered to wild applause in the cafeteria of Folsom Prison, a maximum security facility northeast of Sacramento, Calif. on Jan. 13, 1968.

… When the album At Folsom Prison was released the following May, it topped the Billboard country charts and Cash’s career took off again. He recorded another best-selling album from San Quentin Prison in 1969. Cash continued to perform in prisons around the country and use his celebrity to speak out on behalf of prisoners.

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