Music: Johnny ’59
John R. “Johnny” Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003), Johnny was 27 years old in 1959 though he looked about 40. By ’59 Johnny had gotten out of his contract with Sun Records and was touring on his first big hit Folsom Prison Blues. He’d recently performed and recorded his shows at Folsom Prison in 1958, which wouldn’t be released for 10 years and would later become one of his biggest selling LPs. He was also heavily addicted to amphetamines and considered a tad erratic (note pictures 12 and 13) due to his heavy drug use. Johnny would go on to be a true American icon and elder statesman of country and blues, but in ’59 he was young and ready to rock.