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Recording a song in the studio can take hours of perfecting. It's not often that an artist can get onstage and capture something more spectacular in a single try. The A.V. Club has compiled a list of 20 live recordings that trump their studio counterparts. Topping the list at #1 is Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues," off 1968's At Folsom Prison.

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This week in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, people all over the world will be singing the Irish classic “Danny Boy.” American Songwriter has featured two versions of this classic song, as performed by Johnny Cash:

Johnny Cash recorded the song, with a spoken word intro, on his 1965 album Orange Blossom Special. Interestingly, on that version, he reworked the lyrics of the second verse so that, instead of singing as a person speaking of his own death, he is singing about visiting the grave of someone else who has died.

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What's Your Favorite Johnny Cash Tune?

25%
Folsom Prison Blues
17%
I Walk The Line
16%
Ring Of Fire
13%
Hurt
7%
Man In Black
6%
A Boy Named Sue
2%
San Quentin
2%
Hey Porter
3%
Don't Take Your Guns To Town
4%
One Piece At A Time
Total votes: 19113

Timeline

"I Walk the Line" b/w "Get Rhythm" by Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two is released, reportedly a 2 million seller, hits #1 C&W and top 20 pop. Cash signs his first management deal with Bob Neal, Presley's manager prior to Col. Tom Parker.

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