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In 1986, Columbia Records unceremoniously dropped the late, great Johnny Cash after decades of releasing some of his most classic recordings, including his seminal prison performances At San Quentin and At Folsom Prison.

Cash was at a low point in the late ’80s, but he would later come back as strong as ever, recording his critically acclaimed final series of albums for American Recordings.


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Let’s look back at a Columbia-era Cash dueting with a 26-year-old Joni Mitchell on “I Still Miss Someone,” from a 1969 episode of Cash’s popular TV show. — Mark Kemp