I hang my head and cry

Steve Kline Ages of Rock


July 30, 1955

CashJohnny Cash records the first version of Folsom Prison Blues at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Cash is inspired to write this song after seeing the movie Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951) while serving in West Germany in the United States Air Force at Landsberg, Bavaria (itself the location of a famous prison).

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