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Johnny Cash in San Quentin (1969)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary | Music  -  6 September 1969 (UK)
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A unique concert given to the long term inmates of the famous jail. Johnny and June sing 'Wanted Man' ( written especially for the concert by Bob Dylan) and 'San Quentin', (written by Cash ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
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W.S. Holland ...
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The Tennessee Three ...
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Bob Wootton ...
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A unique concert given to the long term inmates of the famous jail. Johnny and June sing 'Wanted Man' ( written especially for the concert by Bob Dylan) and 'San Quentin', (written by Cash just in time for the concert). Also features the songs: 'I walk the line''Fulsom prison blues''Orange blossom special''Jackson''Darling companion''Daddy snag bass' 'A boy named Sue' 'Peace in the valley' 'He turned water into wine'. The audience are very appreciative. Written by grunsel

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6 September 1969 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Swing in-Rock in: Johnny Cash singt im Zuchthaus von San Quentin in Kalifornien  »

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Cash's release of "A Boy Named Sue" (recorded live for this special) was the #1 country song of 1969, and reached #2 on the pop/rock charts, making it the biggest hit of his career. See more »


Darlin' Companion
Written by John Sebastian
Performed by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
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Don't miss this, but be prepared for performance interruptus
10 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A little too much in the way of interviews with inmates about prison life, especially frustrating when they interrupt songs, but that's the only thing wrong with this picture. That and the fact that it doesn't include the whole concert, every note from beginning to end, because anything less leaves you knowing there was more where this came from, but you'll never see or hear it.

I always want to hear songs from start to finish, particularly when they're performed live. And oh, what a performance we have here. Johnny, the ex-con junkie, is absolutely at home and relaxed in front of a roomful of lifers, truly enjoying doing what he was born to do. Genuine, alive, connected every moment with his equally engaged audience. He's absolutely wondrous, and so is his band. I'm probably not the first to suggest this, but it almost would have been worth doing hard time just to be in the audience. (Almost. Life without parole is a pretty pricey ticket.) This is the real stuff, folks. They don't make 'em like this anymore, and when they did, they didn't make many.

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