The 1980's were a difficult period for the Man in Black. His impact on the Country Music charts waned, his long time record company, Columbia
, stopped marketing his work, he had a relapse of drug addiction and underwent double bypass heart surgery. He was so frustrated with Columbia
that he actually recorded a song called Chicken in Black, about his brain being transplanted into a chicken. That tune helped sever the relationship between Cash and Columbia
. Despite his troubles, Cash did have some positive moments during the decade. In 1986, he teamed with Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins on the album Class of '55. He continued to tour successfully, with the Highwayman early in the decade, and later, with wife June Carter and the Carter family. This soundboard recording from March 20, 1989, 27 years ago today, captures Cash live in Minneapolis. Download this one to hear a fine performance by The Man in Black and to see why his work has influenced not just Country Music but also rockabilly, rock and roll, blues, folk, and gospel.