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Bob Dylan´s Gospel Years Part 5: Saturday Night Live Performance




In the autumn, Dylan made what many found a surprising appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live” on NBC-TV on October 20, performing three of the songs from the album, backed by five musicians and three female gospel singers ( and looking, despite the fire- and -brimstone lyrics sung, strangely tame: almost domesticated).
-Michael Gray (Bob Dylan Encyclopedia)

He sang three songs that night. The least memorable was the first, a reluctantly delivered “Gotta Serve Somebody,” complete with a botched lyric. The other two — a passionate acoustic “I Believe in You” and, finally, a proselytizingly blazing “When You Gonna Wake Up” highlighted by searing support from Terry Young (organ) and Fred Tackett (lead guitar) — remain transcendent to this day.
-Villagevoice (Saturday Night Live’s Forty Essential Music Moments, Ranked)

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Bob Dylan: House of Gold (Hank Williams) – Videos




Bob Dylan: House of Gold (Hank Williams)

I started writing songs after I heard Hank Williams.
~Bob Dylan (The Les Crane Show, Feb 1965)

If it wasn’t for Elvis and Hank Williams, I couldn’t be doing what I do today.
~Bob Dylan (to Robert Shelton, June 1978)

The tune utilized on ‘House Of Gold’ is an obvious variant of Williams’ own ‘Lost
Highway’. Williams’ original recording was made in 1949 as a demo and released, with
overdubs, in April 1951 (Polydor 833-752). It is currently available on the “Complete
Hank Williams” box set (Mercury Records, 2000).
~The songs he didn’t write (Derek Barker)

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9 Great Cover versions of Dylan´s “Like A Rolling Stone” (Video & Audio)





jimi hendrix Monterey 1967

 Once upon a time you dressed so fine
Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you?
People call say ‘beware doll, you’re bound to fall’
You thought they were all kidding you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hanging out
Now you don’t talk so loud
Now you don’t seem so proud
About having to be scrounging your next meal

Here are 9 great cover versions of “Like A Rolling Stone”

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – (winterland 1968)

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Bob Dylan and Earl Scruggs: East Virginia Blues

bob dylan earl scruggs 1970
Earl Scruggs and Bob Dylan

I was born in East Virginia
North Carolina I did go
There I courted a fair young maiden
But her age I did not know

Dylan records two songs with Randy, Gary, and Earl Scruggs at the New York home of Thomas B. Allen, for a documentary on Earl Scruggs. Playing harmonica and guitar on “Nashville Skyline Rag,” he then duets with Earl on “East Virginia Blues.” The first song is later released on Earl Scruggs Performing with His Family and Friends, both are included in a documentary of the same name screened by NBC in January 1971.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

The Home Of Thomas B. Allen
Carmel, New York
December 1970
Earl Scruggs Documentary

  • Bob Dylan (guitar & vocal)
  • Earl Scruggs (banjo)
  • Randy Scruggs (acoustic guitar)
  • Gary Scruggs (electric bass)

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Bob Dylan: Mr. Tambourine Man, Birmingham, England 1995 (Video)





bob dylan birmingham 1995

Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me
I’m not sleepy and there is no place I’m going to
Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning I’ll come followin’ you

Sublime Mr. Tambourine Man… incredible performance.

Aston Villa Leisure Centre
Birmingham, England
2 April 1995

  • Bob Dylan (vocal)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • John Jackson (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Winston Watson (drums & percussion)

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