Did you know: Yesterday (September 12) marked the 8th anniversary of Johnny Cash’s death?

On Nov. 21, 1969, Johnny Cash graced the cover of LIFE Magazine — He had just released “At San Quentin,” his second live album recorded before inmates (the first, “At Folsom Prison,” was his breakthrough). Wrote LIFE of the king of country music, “He has been fascinated by railroads since childhood when his father would hop freights to look for work.”

see more Johnny Cash: LIFE’s Best Photos


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