At San Quentin

Johnny Money at San Quentin is the thirty first general album by Johnny Money, recorded dwell at San Quentin State Jail on February 24, 1969, and launched on June 16 of that very same 12 months. The live performance was filmed by Granada Tv, produced and directed by Michael Darlow.[3] The album was the second in Money’s conceptual sequence of dwell jail albums that additionally included At Folsom Jail (1968), På Österåker (1973), and A Live performance Behind Jail Partitions (1976).

The album was licensed gold on August 12, 1969, platinum and double platinum on November 21, 1986, and triple platinum on March 27, 2003, by the RIAA. The album was nominated for plenty of Grammy Awards, together with Album of the 12 months and received Finest Male Nation Vocal Efficiency for “A Boy Named Sue.”

There have been a number of releases with completely different songs and set order. The album cowl photograph by Jim Marshall is taken into account to be an iconic picture of Money, with Marshall Grant’s Epiphone Newport bass guitar famously silhouetted within the foreground.


Johnny Money had beforehand recorded a live performance at a jail in 1968 at Folsom State Jail. This live performance was recorded for a dwell LP and a tv documentary for the UK. On the unique LP launch, the track order was modified and several other songs have been minimize, presumably for area causes. Regardless of the timing limitations of the vinyl LP format, nevertheless, each performances of the track “San Quentin” (Money agreed to carry out an encore on the viewers’s request) are included on the unique album. Among the songs have been censored. Regardless of the title of the model launched on CD in 2000 – At San Quentin (The Full 1969 Live performance) – the CD doesn’t comprise your complete live performance uncut, however does function extra tracks and operating order that parallels the precise setlist. In 2010, the album was reissued on vinyl by Sundazed Information with the unique Columbia catalog quantity LP 5362. The reissued Sundazed vinyl is a precise copy of the unique report besides that the again cowl has a barcode and signifies it’s a Sundazed subject. Carried out however not included have been the songs “Jackson” and “Orange Blossom Particular”, that are included within the video launch of the present (each songs had been included in At Folsom Jail). Two songs have been someway slowed down by half a step (“Starkville Metropolis Jail” and “Blistered”), presumably attributable to utilizing one other tape machine whereas the tape on the unique machine was modified.

This was Money’s first album recorded with out his longtime lead guitar participant and Tennessee Two founder Luther Perkins, who had died a number of months earlier. On the album, Money is heard paying tribute to Perkins (who was not associated to Carl Perkins, who seems on the recording as lead guitarist on a number of tracks).

Two songs are carried out dwell on stage for the primary time in the course of the present: “San Quentin” and “A Boy Named Sue”. Based on biographer Robert Hilburn, the choice had already been made for Money to carry out “San Quentin” twice because it was thought of the main new track of the set, although on report Money makes it seem as if the encore is because of viewers demand; producer Bob Johnson finally selected to incorporate each variations of the track on the album. Based on Hilburn, Money spontaneously determined to carry out “A Boy Named Sue” in the course of the present and neither the TV crew nor his band knew he deliberate to do it (although he gave them advance warning by saying early within the present his intent to play it); he used a lyric sheet on stage whereas the band improvised the backing.[4]

European model

On the Dutch 1969 CBS Vinyl LP, is the CBS quantity 63629 printed on the high left of the duvet. The songs are the identical (together with “San Quentin” twice at facet two), however the track’s lengths aren’t introduced formally.[5]

TV particular and center finger photograph

A crew from Granada Tv within the UK filmed the live performance for broadcast on tv. Within the prolonged model of the live performance launched by Columbia/Legacy in 2000, Money is heard expressing frustration at being instructed what to sing and the place to face previous to his efficiency of “I Stroll the Line”. The well-known picture of an angry-looking Money giving the center finger gesture to a digicam originates from the efficiency; in his liner notes for the 2000 reissue, Money explains that he was annoyed at having Granada’s movie crew blocking his view of the viewers. When the crew ignored his request to “clear the stage”, he made the gesture.[6]


Skilled scores
Evaluation scores
Supply Ranking
AllMusic [7]
Blender (2000 version) [8]
Encyclopedia of Common Music [9]
The Nice Rock Discography 7/10[9]
Music Story [9]
MusicHound Nation 4.5/5[9]
PopMatters (2006 version) 10/10[1]
Q [10]

Reviewing for The Village Voice in 1969, Robert Christgau stated of the album, “A lot inferior to Folsom Jail and Best Hits, which is the place to begin should you’re simply entering into Money. Accommodates solely 9 songs, considered one of which is carried out twice. One other was written by Bob Dylan.”[11] Rolling Stone journal’s Phil Marsh wrote, “Money sounds very drained on this report (‘ol’ Johnny does finest below stress,’ he says), his voice on some songs simply straying off pitch. However the feeling that precise human communication is happening greater than compensates for this. Speaking to an viewers on the time is turning into a misplaced artwork due to the ascension of recorded music as the music of this tradition.”[12]

The album was nominated for plenty of Grammy Awards, together with Album of the 12 months and received Finest Male Nation Vocal Efficiency for “A Boy Named Sue”.

Reviewing the 2000 Columbia/Legacy reissue, Blender journal’s Phil Sutcliffe stated, “Money, simply 25 [sic], sings as outdated because the hills — and appears oddly Volcanic. Prisoners ‘have their hearts torn out,’ Money reckoned. Apparently he did too, wild-eyed and shuddering on the oppression of the partitions. The gang is a 1,000-strong caged animal. The reissue, with 9 additional tracks, surpasses the vinyl unique.”[8]

Monitor itemizing

Unique launch

Facet one
No. Title Author(s) Size
1. “Wished Man” Bob Dylan 3:24
2. “Wreck of the Outdated 97” organized by Money, Bob Johnston, Norman Blake 2:17
3. “I Stroll the Line” Johnny Money 3:13
4. “Darling Companion” John Sebastian 6:10
5. “Starkville Metropolis Jail” Johnny Money 2:01
Facet two
No. Title Author(s) Size
1. “San Quentin” Johnny Money 4:07
2. “San Quentin” (carried out a second time on the viewers’s request) Johnny Money 3:13
3. “A Boy Named Sue” Shel Silverstein 3:53
4. “(There’ll Be) Peace within the Valley” Thomas A. Dorsey 2:37
5. “Folsom Jail Blues” Johnny Money 1:29

2000 CD reissue

All tracks are written by Johnny Money besides the place famous.

No. Title Size
1. “Huge River” 1:56
2. “I Nonetheless Miss Somebody” (J. Money, Roy Money) 1:52
3. “Wreck of the Outdated 97” (*organized by Money, Johnston, Blake) 2:05
4. “I Stroll the Line” 3:29
5. “Darlin’ Companion” (Sebastian) 3:21
6. “I Do not Know The place I am Sure” (Terry Cuddy) 2:24
7. “Starkville Metropolis Jail” 6:15
8. “San Quentin” 4:07
9. “San Quentin” 3:13
10. “Wished Man” (Dylan) 3:24
11. “A Boy Named Sue” (Silverstein) 3:59
12. “(There’ll Be) Peace within the Valley” (Dorsey) 2:30
13. “Folsom Jail Blues” 4:24
14. “Ring of Fireplace” (June Carter, Merle Kilgore) 2:07
15. “He Turned the Water Into Wine” 4:01
16. “Daddy Sang Bass” (Carl Perkins) 2:43
17. “The Outdated Account Was Settled Lengthy In the past” (L.R. Dalton) 2:16
18. “Closing Medley: Folsom Jail Blues/I Stroll the Line/Ring of Fireplace/The Insurgent-Johnny Yuma” (Money/Money/Carter, Kilgore/R. Markowitz, A. Fenady) 5:08


Has no author-credit. Apparently David G. George didn’t win a lawsuit in opposition to RCA-Victor in 1933 over the copyrights for this track.

It’s value noting, nevertheless, that it appears to be extensively accepted that Henry Whitter wrote the music, as “The Ship That By no means Returned”; Fred Lewey wrote the unique phrases, and Charles Noell wrote the unique two extra verses.[13]

2006 Legacy version

Disc one
No. Title Author(s) Performer Size
1. “Blue Suede Footwear” Carl Perkins Carl Perkins 3:52
2. “Flowers on the Wall” Lew DeWitt The Statler Brothers 3:27
3. “The Final Factor on My Thoughts” Tom Paxton The Carter Household 3:34
4. “June Carter Talks to The Viewers” June Carter June Carter 3:27
5. “Wildwood Flower” Maud Irving, Joseph Philbrick Webster The Carter Household 3:49
6. “Huge River” Johnny Money Johnny Money 1:43
7. “I Nonetheless Miss Somebody” Johnny Money, Roy Money Johnny Money 1:50
8. “Wreck of the Outdated ’97” Johnny Money, Johnston, Blake Johnny Money 3:24
9. “I Stroll The Line” Johnny Money Johnny Money 2:28
10. “Medley: Lengthy Black Veil/Give My Like to Rose” Danny Dill, Marijohn Wilkin Johnny Money 4:06
11. “Folsom Jail Blues” Johnny Money Johnny Money 3:00
12. “Orange Blossom Particular” Ervin T. Rouse Johnny Money 3:03
13. “Jackson” Jerry Leiber, Billy Edd Wheeler Johnny Money, June Carter and Carl Perkins 3:23
14. “Darlin’ Companion” John B. Sebastian Johnny Money, June Carter, Carl Perkins 2:24
15. “Break My Thoughts” John Loudermilk The Carter Household, Carl Perkins 2:56
16. “I Do not Know The place I am Sure” Terry Cuddy Johnny Money, Carl Perkins 5:14
17. “Starkville Metropolis Jail” Johnny Money Johnny Money, Carl Perkins 3:32
Disc two
No. Title Author(s) Performer Size
1. “San Quentin” Johnny Money Johnny Money 4.09
2. “San Quentin” Johnny Money Johnny Money 3:13
3. “Wished Man” Bob Dylan Johnny Money 3:29
4. “Stressed” Carl Perkins Carl Perkins 3:54
5. “A Boy Named Sue” Shel Silverstein Johnny Money, Carl Perkins 3:45
6. “Blistered” Billy Edd Wheeler Johnny Money, Carl Perkins 1:46
7. “(There’ll Be) Peace within the Valley” Thomas A. Dorsey Johnny Money, The Carter Household, Carl Perkins 3:13
8. “The Outdoors Trying In” Carl Perkins Carl Perkins 3:00
9. “Much less of Me” Glen Campbell The Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins 2:45
10. “Ring of Fireplace” June Carter, Merle Kilgore Johnny Money, The Carter Household, Carl Perkins 2:07
11. “He Turned The Water Into Wine” Johnny Money Johnny Money, The Carter Household, Carl Perkins 4:01
12. “Daddy Sang Bass” Carl Perkins Johnny Money, The Carter Household, Carl Perkins 2:43
13. “The Outdated Account Was Settled Lengthy In the past” Larry Dalton Johnny Money, The Carter Household, Carl Perkins 2:16
14. “Closing Medley: Folsom Jail Blues/I Stroll The Line/Ring of Fireplace/Folsom Jail Blues/The Insurgent – Johnny Yuma/Folsom Jail Blues” Johnny Money/June Carter, Merle Kilgore/Andrew Fenady, Richard Markowitz June Carter/The Carter Household/The Statler Brothers/Carl Perkins/Johnny Money 5:08

Disc three (DVD)

The unique 1969 documentary produced by Granada TV within the U.Okay. chronicles Money’s historic live performance on the most safety jail. Consists of footage of the live performance that grew to become the 1969 best-selling LP, and options an edited efficiency of the number one hit “A Boy Named Sue”. Additionally incorporates one-on-one interviews with a number of of the jail guards and inmates, speaking about their time and experiences behind bars. (Operating time: approx. 60 minutes)

Sundazed vinyl (2010)
No. Title Size
1. “Wished Man” 4:03
2. “Wreck of the Outdated 97” 3:24
3. “I Stroll the Line” 2:15
4. “Darling Companion” 7:08
5. “Starkville Metropolis Jail” 2:22
6. “San Quentin” 3:48
7. “San Quentin” 3:05
8. “A Boy Named Sue” 3:54
9. “Peace within the Valley” 2:37
10. “Folsom Jail Blues” 1:29

A number of tracks on the unique LP are preceded by a number of minutes of Money speaking to the viewers, together with a tangent the place Money is recorded attempting to get his guitar tuned on stage. The unique LP launch bleeps profanity, together with on “A Boy Named Sue” however later points together with the Legacy version are uncensored. The unique album’s closing observe “Folsom Jail Blues” is a partial efficiency of the track edited from an extended medley accessible in full kind in later reissues.


  • Johnny Money – vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
  • June Carter Money – vocals
  • Carter Household – vocals, autoharp, acoustic guitar
  • Marshall Grant – bass guitar
  • W.S. Holland – drums
  • Carl Perkins – rhythm guitar, lead guitar, vocals
  • Bob Wootton – lead guitar
  • The Statler Brothers – vocals


AlbumBillboard (United States)

12 months Chart Place
1969 Nation Albums 1
1969 Pop Albums 1

Certifications and gross sales

Area Certification Licensed models/gross sales
Australia (ARIA)[14] Platinum 50,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[15] Platinum 100,000^
Eire (IRMA)[16] Gold 7,500^
Sweden (GLF)[17] Platinum 130,000[17]
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Gold 100,000*
United States (RIAA)[19] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

* Gross sales figures primarily based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures primarily based on certification alone.

  • At San Quentin (2000 CD launch)[permanent dead link] (Adobe Flash) at Radio3Net (streamed copy the place licensed)
  • Sony/Columbia/Legacy Johnny Money At San Quentin liner notes
  • At San Quentin – Legacy Version
  • Daniel Geary, “‘The Method I Would Really feel About San Quentin’: Johnny Money and the Politics of Nation Music,” Daedalus, 142 (Fall 2013), 64-72.

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