A Day in the Country — By Moon — July 20 — Johnny Cash, Ricochet, Toby Keith [Video]
On this date in 1968, Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" is number one. And, I -- Moon Mullins -- had something to do with it. Bob Johnston, who produced Johnny's music sent me two acetates (test copies) of "Folsom Prison Blues" recorded at Folsom Prison and a song called, "The Folk Singer". The label was more interested in the "Folksinger" as a hit. I was music director at an influential Kansas City radio station at that time. When I heard "Folsom" I immediately recommended that they release that as a single.
On this date in 1968 the song was #1! And, it revitalized Johnny Cash's career to such an extent he got his own TV show the next year. You can see Johnny open his TV show and sing that song right here.
And, Toby Keith had the #1 song nine years ago today with "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)"
And, Ricochet had their one and only hit "Daddy's Money" in 1996. The song was written by Bob DiPiero, about his wife at the time, Pam Tillis. And, her daddy was Mel Tillis.