Nashville music producer Bob Johnston dead at age 83

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Posted: Aug 18, 2015 2:20 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Music producer Bob Johnston, who played a key role in landmark recordings like Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" and Johnny Cash's "At Folsom Prison," is being remembered as a maverick who helped bring Nashville into the folk rock era.

Johnston died Friday. He was 83.

Peter Cooper, an editor at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Johnston helped open Nashville up to music and musicians from other places.

He said Johnston was responsible for Dylan coming to the Music City, and that Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" was one of at least three recordings Dylan and Johnston made in Nashville.

Johnston's influence is showcased in an exhibit at the museum called "Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City."