On June 7, 1969, Johnny Cash launched his first episode of The Johnny Cash Show with special guests, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Doug Kershaw.
Cash had just finished recording his live At San Quentin album with his dream team of talent, including June Carter Cash, the Carter Family (Maybelle, Helen and Anita), Marshall Grant, W.S. Holland, Carl Perkins, Bob Wootton, and the Statler Brothers. He hired most of them as his House Band on the show and handpicked the majority of the talent, most of whom were friends. The shows were taped at Nashville’s famous Ryman Auditorium – home of the Grand Ole Opry.
Young Joni Mitchell, 26, had just won her first Grammy Award (Best Folk Performance) for her 1969 album, Clouds.
Cash and Mitchell sound amazing together on “I Still Miss Someone”:
Bob Dylan, who famously walked off the set of the Ed Sullivan show in 1963, set aside his distaste for television and sang "Girl From the North Country" with Cash, and “I Threw It All Away”:
Louisiana-native Doug Kershaw rocked the violin... or fiddle... on "Diggy, Liggy Lo":
Joni Mitchell continues to recover from her recent health issues. After being found unconscious on March 31, a number of stars sent well wishes on her Twitter feed. You can send her good thoughts here.
Read more about The Johnny Cash Showhere.