Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Tag: Prison albums

"Alabama Women's Prison Blues"

First Women’s Prison Album?

As C. Eric Banister writes in Johnny Cash FAQ:  All That’s Left to Know About the Man in Black: Johnny Cash made history by being the first major artist to record an album in a prison.  Other country and blues artists followed:  Mack Vickery with Live at the Alabama Women’s

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"Village Queen"

Freddy Fender’s Prison Album of Mystery

In 1975 — the same year Gusto Records acquired Starday-King Records from Leiber and Stoller’s Tennessee Recording and Publishing — Gusto released an album entitled Freddy Fender – Recorded Inside Louisiana State Prison.  I suspect Gusto might have been trying to capitalize on the popularity (as well as notoriety) of

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