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Stream: Johnny Cash Plays 'Wreck of the Old '97' at the White House

Preview a cut from 'Bootleg Vol. 3 - Live Around the World'

October 24, 2011 11:40 AM ET
Johnny Cash, ‘Wreck Of The Old '97’ From 'Bootleg 3: Live Around the World'
Johnny Cash, ‘Wreck Of The Old '97’ From 'Bootleg 3: Live Around the World'
John Hamilton

Click to listen to Johnny Cash's 'Wreck of the Old 97'

Bootleg Vol. 3 – Live Around the World, a collection of classic live performances by the late, great Johnny Cash, hit stores on October 11th. The set includes 50 tracks recorded between 1956 and 1979, including this charming rendition of "Wreck of the Old '97" recorded live at the White House on April 17th, 1970.

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