The Most Influential Album Was Record Today In 1968
It was on this date, January 13th, in 1968 that one of the most influential "live" albums in music history was recorded in front of 2000 people.
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It was on this date back in 1968 that the legendary Johnny Cash, June Carter, and the Tennessee Three walked on stage in a heavily guarded prison and recorded one of the most influential "live" albums in musical history.
January 13th, 1968 was the day that Johnny Cash recorded, "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison" his first-ever live album, an album that would influence musical artists for years to come.
Cash had wanted to record at the Prison for years after releasing his huge hit "Folsom Prison Blues" in 1955.
Cash became interested in the prison while he served in the United States Air Force Security Service and his unit watched the 1951 film Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison which inspired him to write the hit song "Folsom Prison Blues"
The original album featured 16 songs including hits like "Cocaine Blues", "25 minutes To Go", "Jackson" and a song that was written by a prison inmate Glen Sherley "Greystone Chapel".
In 1999 the album was released and included 19 songs. "Busted", "Joe Bean" and "The Legend Of John Henry's Hammer" were added to the tracklist.
The originally "Live" album reached number 1 on the US Billboard Country charts and triple platinum in the United States, selling more than 3 million copies.