On This Date: Johnny Cash Releases Iconic “Folsom Prison Blues” 65 Years Ago

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65 years ago today…

65 years ago today, country music legend Johnny Cash released the iconic “Folsom Prison Blues.”

Originally written in 1953, it was recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis in 1955. And then, in January of 1968, Cash would go on to record a live version of the song from Folsom Prison itself. It was later released on Cash’s At Folsom Prison album, the most successful album of his entire career.

Featuring “Folsom Prison Blues,” “The Long Black Veil,” “Cocaine Blues,” “Greystone Chapel” and more, the album sold nearly 4 million copies.

And the rest is history.

A beer bottle on a dock


A beer bottle on a dock