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The Song Folsom Prison 

Johnny Cash 

After seeing the movie Inside the Walls Of Folsom Prison, Cash wrote the song in less than an hour during a flight to a concert in Memphis. It boasts the most famous country song beginning of them all: "Hello I'm Johnny Cash" 
This song contributed to the myth that Johnny Cash served prison time ( Not True ). It contains one of the most brutal lines in country music: "I Shot a man in Reno just to watch him die"

The song Folsom Prison Blues first charted on Feb 11, 1956 
And went to #4 on The Country charts. And again  rose on the 
country charts on June 1, 1968 only this time it was a number one 
hit for Johnny Cash

Johnny’s Never Been Part Of The Machine

The cool Man In Black, Johnny Cash – who’s hotter than hot thanks to his current American recordings album says he’s considered a bit of a rebel because he has never considered himself, and never will be, part of the Nashville record-making machine. I refuse to conform because “I think it greatly hampers and restricts artistic expression”, Johnny told a New York interviewer. “From day one in the music business, I wanted to do it the same way as Hank Snow – he’s one of my heroes. It’s is all about feel – the feel that comes from music 

Bitter Tears

Track list

The Pima Ira Hayes ( Arm upraised ) scaled heights of glory at Iwo Jima

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The song Ira Hayes by Johnny Cash got me started finding articles on the man that the song was written about ( Ira Hayes ), here is a referring link for some information on Ira Hayes’s life.                                          Ira Hayes link

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At a Johnny Cash Concert one night as the show started, the usual Hello I’m Johnny Cash, and then the roar of the crowd. Which was something I always looked forward too, and I might add, that part of the show  never  changed at a Johnny Cash concert. One of the songs the troubadour sang that night as I remember was ( Forty Shades of Green ) a song that I’d never heard him sing at a concert and in person before. At the end of the song I remember a heckler yelling out"Sing Ira Hayes", and in a very graceful voice Johnny Cash yells back yea I’ll do that one later. Happy to hear that I sat back in my seat and the heckler and myself prepared ourselves to enjoy the rest of a great concert. Later that night driving home from the concert, thinking to myself, you know he never sang that song Ira Hayes. I had to laugh at Johnny Cash he did a great job at handling that heckler and most of all ME.     Steven Menke

The Ballad Of Ira Hayes by Johnny Cash   ( # 3 HIT )   1964

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Tennessee Flat-TopBox

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Columbia 45 Single 4-42147

      July  19  1961   #11 peak pos. on Billboard charts for 14 weeks

I can't remember what Rosanne Cash had said about this record when she recorded it herself. It was either she couldn't remember that her Dad wrote it ,or had recorded Tennessee Flat-Top Box. Well this fan remembers, and liked it by Johnny Cash.  I fell in love with his song back then, and all over again when Rosanne Cash recorded it in 1987, for her album King's Record Shop. I've always liked it when Rosanne did one of her dad's songs, on her albums.   StevenM


Track List

Side #1 Tennessee Flat-Top Box
Side #2 Tall Men ( 20th Century Fox Movie Soundtrack )
Daughter Rosanne Cash's version hit pos #1 1988

lyrics - Tennessee Flat-Top Box

In a little cabaret in a South Texas border town,
Sat a boy and his guitar, and the people came from all around.
And all the girls from there to Austin,
Were slippin' away from home and puttin' jewelery in hock.
To take the trip, to go and listen,
To the little dark-haired boy who played the Tennessee flat top box.

And he would play: (Instrumental.)

Well, he couldn't ride or wrangle, and he never cared to make a dime.
But give him his guitar, and he'd be happy all the time.
And all the girls from nine to ninety,
Were snapping fingers, tapping toes, and begging him: "Don't stop."
And hypnotized and fascinated,
By the little dark-haired boy who played the Tennessee flat top box.

And he would play: (Instrumental.)

Then one day he was gone, and no one ever saw him 'round,
He'd vanished like the breeze, they forgot him in the little town.
But all the girls still dreamed about him.
And hung around the cabaret until the doors were locked.
And then one day on the Hit Parade,
Was a little dark-haired boy who played the Tennessee flat top box.

And he would play: (Instrumental.)

Johnny Cash The Rebel -Johnny Yuma

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Yes I remember it all very well Nick Adam’s starring in The Rebel or Johnny Yuma. It was a television weekly production in the early 60’s. And yes Johnny Cash did the sound track to these series. Johnny Cash’s song Johnny Yuma charted #24 Pos on Billboard charts and was on for two weeks. Johnny Cash recorded it on December 24 1959. I remember waiting all week long and watching every series of Johnny Yuma just so I could listen Johnny Cash's song Johnny Yuma., I was so thrilled when I was able to purchase the 45 EP

Side #1

  1. The Rebel - Johnny Yuma

  2. Remember The Alamo

Side #2

  1. The Ballad Of Boot Hill

  2. Loren

Looking Back At The House Of Cash 
Remember When !!!!

The House Of Cash Is No Longer Open To Public 
All Information Was Taken From An Old Scrapbook 

Welcome To the House Of Cash 

We've Been Here Twenty Years And We're Here To Stay. The Museum Was Planned With You In Mind. Many Of My Personal Mementos, Awards Gifts From Other Celebrities As Well As A Great Carter Family Exhibit are Here As Well. 

When you walk through the Johnny Cash Museum it's like a walk through Time And History, you'll See A Letter From Andrew Jackson, al Capone's Chair, A Desk Set Once Belonging To Chang Kai-Shek. we'll Take You Back to The Old West With Buffalo Bill's Winchester Rifle And John Wayne's Peacemaker. From Indian Artifacts To Buddy Holly's Motorcycle. From Fine Arts, To Johnny's Personal Photo gallery. From Props Out Of The Movie "The Gospel Road", To Real Life Memorabilia From The Legendary Carter Family. There's Even An Old train Station On the Grounds Call (Amqui), Home Of June's Antiques. 

It Was All There At The House Of Cash, Plus A Walk Through Johnny's Musical Career - Awards, Gold Records, Presidential Letters, And Personal Items From Around The World That Pay Tribute To The Man In Black And 35 Plus years In Music 

Note; It Has Been Said That The Cadillac That Was Used For The The Video "One Piece At A Time" Is Still Stored In The Back Of The House Of Cash  






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