Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: A captive audience turns to gold

Last November I blogged about the opening of the second phase of Folsom, California’s  2.5-mile Johnny Cash Trail. There was a festival, two fun runs and a community bike ride. The first phase of the nearly $8 million project was completed three years before, when a 1.2-mile segment of the bike trail opened.

From that blog:

When Johnny Cash played at San Quentin State Prison in California on New Year’s Day, 1958, one of the inmates sitting in the audience was a future country music legend, 20-year old Merle Haggard.

“He had the right attitude. He chewed gum, looked arrogant and flipped the bird to the guards-he did everything the prisoners wanted to do. He was a mean mother from the South who was there because he loved us,” Haggard said. “When he walked away, everyone in that place had become a Johnny Cash fan.”

Then on January 13, 1968, Cash performed at Folsom Prison. A live album was recorded that went to #1.

Cash, an advocate for prisoners’ rights and prison reform, did the show for free.

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This Just In…, November 10, 2017

Note one of the above dates.

January 13, 1968.

That was 50 years ago last Saturday.

NPR reported on the anniversary.

 

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