January 13 - 1968 - Johnny Cash Records At Folsom Prison

Johnny Cash is an American cultural icon, and a large part of his mystique is the fact that one of his best, most famous albums was recorded at a maximum security prison. Yet when that fact is reflected on, the idea of recording an album in prison becomes more remarkable, which is only enhanced by the fact that it was his comeback album after getting over drug and alcohol addiction. The actual concert and album only adds to the strangeness of the event. Cash mostly sang songs about crime or murder, most notably "Greystone Chapel," which was actually written by a prisoner at Folsom named Glen Sherley.  This attitude about prisoners, that they were flawed humans to be bonded with, straddled a weird divide in 1968, but is largely absent from society today.

William Floyd