Daniel Thompson's Johnny Cash Live: San Quentin 50 Years On
19 Margaret Street
Wyong NSW 2259
30th August 2019
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In 1969, off the back of the huge success of 1968's 'At Folsom Prison' album, Johnny Cash recorded the second of his legendary prison albums at California’s notorious maximum security prison, 'At San Quentin'.
With the 'Folsom' album kick starting a golden era of Cash’s career, 'At San Quentin' continued his meteoric rise to his place as a legendary figure and icon of 20th century popular music. During the February 24 recording session, in typical Johnny Cash fashion, he got the already enthusiastic inmates on side with his song 'San Quentin' which opens with the lyrics "San Quentin, you’ve been living hell to me" and he immediately replayed the song at the request of his cheering audience with both versions included on the original release of the 'At San Quentin' album.
Most notably the album included the worldwide smash hit single, A Boy Named Sue, which undeniably made Cash a global superstar and household name. Sue became Cash’s highest ever charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was only held out of the number one spot by the Rolling Stones ‘Honky Tonk Women’.
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