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Johnny Cash Performs At The White House For President Nixon And Guests

President Richard Nixon, First Lady Patricia Nixon, June Carter Cash, Johnny Cash on stage after Evening at the White House concert performance April 17, 1970

President Nixon invites Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash to perform before 250 guests at an “Evening at the White House.” During the performance he sang “What Is Truth,” “Five Feet High And Rising,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and a selection of gospel material.

As the concert drew to a close Johnny Cash thanked the president and first lady for their hospitality and offered the following: “We pray, Mr. President, that you can end this war in Vietnam sooner than you hope or think it can be done, and we hope and pray that our boys will be back home and there will soon be peace in our mountains and valleys.”

Read more at the White House Historical Association.

Photo: Richard Nixon Presidential Library/NARA

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