Watch: Police Officer's Cover of 'Folsom Prison Blues' Is a Viral Smash

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A Texas police officer’s stunning rendition of Johnny Cash’s famous 1957 track, “Folsom Prison Blues” is going viral.

San Antonio, Texas’ KENS5 News reports that officer Billy Morgan’s rendition of the country classic is becoming a viral sensation, raking in a combined 1.1 million views on the news agency’s Facebook page and original post, first shared by fellow San Antonio Police Department officer, Alexander Garza.

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“I know it’s a song about going to prison, but it’s one of my favorite Johnny Cash songs,” Morgan told the CBS News affiliate.

While roll call is usually straightforward and has officers signing and getting updates on the day from shift to shift, it got a little more lighthearted when Garza noticed Morgan’s guitar in the room.

Jokingly asking him to play a song for everyone, Morgan obliged and sure enough, started singing.

“He blew us all away with his voice,” Garza said. “I [posted the video] on Facebook because I thought he could bring a positive reflection on police, to show people that we have hobbies outside of policing.”

With a voice that’s uncanny to the Man in Black’s, Morgan reveals he has been singing since he was a teenager and worked as a professional singer for a few years after leaving the U.S. Air Force. Following graduation from the San Antonio Police Academy, Morgan has pursued law enforcement ever since.

“Our job is so serious. It’s fun to get a laugh in at roll call before we hit the streets,” Morgan said of the viral clip that happened right before his shift.

KENS5 reports that the officer is also an Elvis Presley impersonator in his downtime, proving that singing is a good way to “break the ice”

“We’re just regular blue collar folks, just like everyone else. We want everyone to know that we joke around. We have fun. We care about people just as much as they do,” he said.

Photo credit: Twitter / @kytzCBS


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Tania Hussain |

Tania Hussain is a native of Toronto and a Hoosier at heart, studying journalism at Ball State University in Indiana. She has a mad love for fine cheese, film, music, and meeting people upon her many travels. When Tania’s not writing at Womanista, she can be found going for long nature runs, rooting for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Cardinals, photographing sights and food, or writing for her online magazine, The Hudsucker. She is also a member of the Indy-based, Society of Professional Journalists—one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists.