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  • Nov 14, 1958
    Late guitarist Jay Perkins is honored with a memorial concert in Memphis. On the bill: Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Webb Pierce, Dickey Lee, Ernest Tubb, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Sonny Burgess, Merle Travis, Lefty Frizzell and Joe Maphis
    Dec 20, 1958
    Johnny Cash performs on ABC's "The Dick Clark Show." Elsewhere in the lineup are Lloyd Price and Neil Sedaka
    Dec 22, 1958
    Columbia releases Johnny Cash's "Don't Take Your Guns To Town"
    Dec 26, 1958
    Johnny Cash, Tex Ritter and The Sons Of The Pioneers open at the Showboat Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
    Jan 1, 1959
    Johnny Cash performs at San Quentin prison for an audience that includes Merle Haggard. The set list naturally includes "Folsom Prison Blues"
    Jan 13, 1959
    Johnny Cash records "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" at the Bradley Film & Recording Studios in Nashville. The song will be used in episode four of the 2019 PBS series "Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns"
    Feb 8, 1959
    Johnny Cash appears on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show," performing "Don't Take Your Guns To Town"
    Feb 23, 1959
    Johnny Cash earns a #1 country single in Billboard magazine with "Don't Take Your Guns To Town"
    Mar 2, 1959
    Sun releases a double-sided Johnny Cash single featuring "Luther Played The Boogie" and "Thanks A Lot." The former is a nod to Cash guitarist Luther Perkins
    Mar 8, 1959
    Country stars gather for a pair of concerts at Louisville's Freedom Hall to raise money for the newly-founded Country Music Association. On the bill: Johnny Cash, Ray Price, Ernest Tubb, Minnie Pearl, Carl Smith and Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs

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