Johnny Cash decided to hold two performances on January 13, 1968, one at 9:40 AM and one at 12:40 PM, in case the first performance was unsatisfactory.

Cash had been planning a concert in a prison since 1955. Issues at his record label however delayed it for 13 years.

The albums that were released, from Folsom and St Quentin prisons, have become highlights both in Cash’s career and in the anthology of music per se.

By August 1968, Folsom had shipped over 300,000 copies; two months later it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipping over 500,000.

On May 27, 2003, At Folsom Prison was certified triple platinum by the RIAA for shipping over three million units.

50 years on at Folsom prison:

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