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Johnny Cash: American Recordings

Mark Cooper, MOJO, September 1994

SOMETIME IN THE LATE '80S, Columbia Records unceremoniously dropped Johnny Cash. No matter that Cash had been one of Sun's Million Dollar Quaret, alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, that he'd gone on to build Columbia's Nashville Division virtually single-handed, that he'd topped the pop charts in 1969 with his extraordinary Johnny Cash At San Quentin live album, and that he'd then hosted a TV show that had brought everyone from Bob Dylan to the Who to Nashville... Columbia had looked at the bottom line and decided that the Man In Black was history.

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