Music Diary – 13th January

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 13th January!

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On the 13th January 1968 a historic performancy by Johnny Cash happened: The Man in Black, featuring June Carter, Carl Perkins and the Tennessee Three, played a very special concert at Folsom Prison (near Sacramento, California). In front of 2,000 inmates, Johnny and his band played classics. like „Folsom Prison Blues„, „25 Minutes to go„, „Jackson“ and „Cocaine Blues„.


The concert was recorded and released under the moniker „At Folsom Prison“ by Columbia Records in May 1968. The LP became one of Johnny Cash’s most famous and successful albums and it reached number one the country chart and the top 15 on the regular album chart.

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Music Diary – 21st September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 21st September!

Leonard Cohen (born 21st September 1934)

Leonard Cohen (born 21st September 1934)

On the 21st September 1934 Mr. Leonard Norman Cohen was born in Montreal, Canada. Before Cohen became one of the most outstanding singer/songwriters in music history, he started as an author and wrote poetry in the first line. In 1956 his first book „Let Us Compare Mythologies“ was edited. Five years later his second book of poems „The Spice-Box of Earth“ hit the stores and Cohen became also well known outside Canada. He moved to Greece on the island Hydra and worked further on his career as an author. The novels „The Favourite Game“ (1963), the poems „Flowers for Hitler“ (1964) and more novels titled „Beautiful Losers“ (1966) were released.


In 1967 Leonard Cohen moved to New York and started his career as a musician. On the 27th December 1967 his debut album „Songs of Leonard Cohen“ was released followed by the legendary LPs „Songs from a Room“ (1969) and „Songs of Love and Hate“ (1971). Especially these three albums are still considered as milestones in singer/songwriter history. Over the years he released several albums and in 1994 the writer and musician  retreated to the Mt. Baldy Zen Center near Los Angeles. There Cohen was ordained as a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monk and took the Dharma name Jikan, which stands for „silence“.


2001 marks Cohen’s comeback as a musician: The album „Ten New Songs“ was released. „Dear Heather“ (2004) and „Old Ideas“ (2012) followed. And in time of his 80th birthday the album „Popular Problems“ will be released on the 22nd September 2014.

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Music Diary – 12th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 12th September!

 Johnny Cash (26th February 1932 – 12th September 2003)

Johnny Cash (26th February 1932 – 12th September 2003)

The 12th September 2003 is one of the saddest days in music history: The Man in BlackJohn R. „Johnny“ Cash, died at the age of 71 years in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cash was well known as the outstanding Country musician, but he was quite more than this. He knew no borders and especially his last albums, the legendary „American Recordings„, which were produced by Rick Rubin, prove that.


Beside his many hits like „Ring of Fire“ (which was written by his later wife June Carter), „I walk the Line„, „Folsom Prison Blues“ or “ A Boy named Sue“ the two jailhouse recordings „At Folsom Prison“ (1968) and „At San Quentin“ (1969) are still classics and timeless albums.

In 2004/2005 James Mangold directed the biographical film „Walk the Line“ based on the early life and career of Johnny Cash with Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash.

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