Photos Of Johnny Cash And June Carter At Folsom Prison

“I’m stuck in Folsom Prison, and time keeps draggin’ on…”

 

JOHNNY CASH FOLSOM PRISON

 

In 1953, Johnny Cash recorded with Folsom Prison Blues. In 1955, the song was released as a 45 and 78 by Sun Records. It was a hit.

On January 13, 1968, Cash and June Carter, the Statler Brothers, the Tennessee Three, with Carl Perkins on guitar, recorded a live version of the song before the prisoners of Folsom State Prison, Folsom, California.

Photographer Jim Marshall recalls:

“The granite walls in Folsom are about eight feet thick, and we had just gotten off the bus and gone through one giant gate into a holding area. Then we went through a second gate, and, when it clanked shut, John said, ‘Jim, there’s a feeling of permanence in that sound.’ After that, I started wondering when we were going to get out of there.”

The performances  – one in the morning, another in the afternoon – can be heard on the album Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison. A year later, Cash performed at another prison, leading to the At San Quentin album and that great Jim Marshall photograph. Said Marshall:

“There was a TV crew behind me and John was on the side of the stage. I said ‘John, let’s do a shot for the warden.’”

Cash didn’t skip a beat:

 

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JOHNNY CASH FOLSOM PRISON

JOHNNY CASH FOLSOM PRISON

JOHNNY CASH FOLSOM PRISON JOHNNY CASH FOLSOM PRISON JOHNNY CASH FOLSOM PRISON

JOHNNY CASH FOLSOM PRISON JOHNNY CASH FOLSOM PRISON