Bob Dylan – On This Day – February 17

Bob Dylan Arriving in Tokyo, Feb 17, 1978
Bob Dylan Arriving in Tokyo, Feb 17, 1978

 

Well, protest songs are really love songs, too. They were my most brilliant love songs.
~Bob Dylan (Press conference, International Airport Haneda, Tokyo, Japan – Feb 17, 1978)

Historic event

Feb 17, 1965

Dylan gives a hilarious performance on Les Crane’s one-hour show for W ABC TV, singing a song at the beginning (“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”) and end of the show (“It’s Alright, Ma”), accompanied by Bruce Langhorne on second guitar. Between the songs, Dylan chats with Crane and his other guests. Crane finds it difficult to deal with Dylan’s razor-sharp repartee. Asking Dylan what his main message is, he is told: “Eat … Be. Period.”
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Albums/Singles

Feb 17, 1976

The single “Mozambique” was released.

bob dylan Mozambique_single_cover

“Mozambique” is a song written by Bob Dylan and Jacques Levy that was originally released on Dylan’s 1976 album Desire. It was also released as a single and reached #54 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Studio work

Feb 17, 1966

Columbia Music Row Studios
Nashville, Tennessee
The 9th Blonde On Blonde session, produced by Bob Johnston.

1. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
2. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
3. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
4. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
5. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
6. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
7. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
8. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
9. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
10. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
11. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
12. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
13. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
14. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
15. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
16. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
17. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
18. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again – released on BLONDE ON BLONDE, Columbia May 16, 1966.

Bob Dylan (guitar, harmonica, vocal), Charlie McCoy (guitar), Joe South (guitar, bass), Al Kooper (organ), Hargus ”Pig” Robbins (piano), Henry Strzelecki (bass), Kenneth Buttrey (drums).

Feb 17, 1969

Columbia Studio A
Nashville, Tennessee
4th Nashville Skyline session, produced by Bob Johnston.

Check out: Feb 17: Bob Dylan’s 4th recording session for “Nashville Skyline (w/Johnny Cash) in 1969

Press conference

Feb 17, 1978

Arriving in Tokyo, Dylan is subjected to his first foreign-language press conference in 12 years at Haneda International Airport. With the language difficulties, the conference quickly deteriorates into total chaos.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Interviews

Well, I started writing, y’know, a long time ago. You know how you write when you write these insane things down, y’know, when you really don’t know what else to do. That’s when I started writing. I started writing songs… that’s a different story, you know… I started writing songs after I heard Hank Williams.
~Bob Dylan (on The Les Crane Show, NYC – Feb 17, 1965)

WABC TV Studios
New York City, New York
17 February 1965
Les Crane Show.

  1. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
  2. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)Bob Dylan (vocal, harmonica & acoustic guitar). Bruce Langhorne (electric guitar).

Broadcast live by WABC-TV on February 17 1965. Odetta (OD) and Tommy Sands (TS) make the odd contribution. Bruce Langhorn provides back-up for Dylan on electric guitar.

Concerts

  • 1986 – Entertainment Centre, Perth, WA, Australia
  • 1991 – Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK
  • 1993 – Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    The Times They Are A-Changin’ w/Swiss Liz:
  • 1997 – Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan
  • 1998 – Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO, USA
    Absolutely Sweet Marie:
  • 1999 – CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, USA
  • 2002 – Senator Nat Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena, University Of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, USA
  • 2003 – Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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