“Just Like a Woman” is a song written by Bob Dylan and first released on his 1966 album, Blonde on Blonde. It was also released as a single in the U.S. during August 1966 and peaked at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100. Dylan’s recording of “Just Like a Woman” was not issued as a single in the United Kingdom but the British group, Manfred Mann, did release a hit single version of the song in July 1966, which peaked at #10 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Dylan’s version of the song at #232 in their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Today we are listening to some fantastic women doing their takes on this Dylan song.
Ellen Radka Toneff (25 June 1952 – 21 October 1982) was a Norwegian jazz singer, daughter of the Bulgarian folk singer, pilot and radio technician Toni Toneff, she was born in Oslo and grew up in Lambertseter and Kolbotn. She is still considered one of Norway’s most outstanding jazz singers. Her life flame burned short and intense, she left the world by her own hand at a young age, and was found dead in the woods of Bygdøy, with an overdose of sleeping pills in her blood, the autumn of 1982
Radka Toneff – Just Like A Woman:
Roberta Flack gives us a bit more soul flavour to the song, but the lush airy feel is still there, from the album, Chapter Two.
Roberta Flack – Just Like A Woman (1970):
Norah Jones covers the Bob Dylan classic at Dylanfest. May 28, 2010 at the Bowery Ballroom, much more in a way that Dylan himself would do:
Charlotte Gainsbourg also gets into the song in a very emotional way, just lovely!
Charlotte Gainsbourg – Just like a woman:
Let’s end with a real force of nature, the magnificent Nina Simone!
Nina Simone – Just Like A Woamn (Brazil, 2003):