Bob Dylan: The Gospel Years, Part 9: Still Saved – 1980 Timeline

“It would have been easier, If I had become a Buddhist, or a Scientologist or if I had gone to Sing Sing. ..  At every point in my life I’ve had to make decisions for what I believed in. Sometimes I’ve ended up hurting people that I’ve loved. Other times I’ve ended up loving people that I never thought I would.”
-Bob Dylan (Karen Hughes Interview – May 1980)

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Jan 13

The second leg of the Gospel tour starts

The second leg of the Gospel tour starts with two shows in Seattle, Washington. Related

Feb 11

Recording Session for “Saved” (February 11-15)

Dylan returns to Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, AL to begin work on the follow up to Slow Train Coming. This time, though, he has brought his touring band with him. With Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett again producing. -Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995) Related

Feb 27

Wins His First Grammy Award

Dylan receives the Grammy for Best Vocal Performance 1979 (for his “Gotta Serve Somebody” single) at the 22nd Grammy Award at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In his acceptance speech he thanks “The Lord, Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett who believed”. Related

Mar 15

Plays harmonica on ‘”Pledge My Head to Heaven”

Dylan plays harmonica on ‘”Pledge My Head to Heaven,” a song on Keith Green’s So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt album. Related

Apr 17

Third and last leg of the Gospel Tour: April 17 – May 21

Third and last leg of the Gospel Tour starts with four shows in the Massey Hall in Toronto. Related

May 16

Pat Crosby interview – broadcast by KDKA

Dylan is interviewed by Pat Crosby. The interview is broadcast by KDKA. Crosby: How and why did Bob Dylan recently stop singing the older songs and start singing gospel and about the Lord? He said he would talk to us about it …. Dylan: I can understand why they feel rebellious about it because up until … Continue reading Pat Crosby interview – broadcast by KDKA

May 21

Karen Hughes Interview

Karen Hughes, the young Australian journalist conducted this session which was the first formal interview after Bob’s conversion. Her article was printed in the New Zealand newspapers The Star on 10 July 1980 and The Dominion on August 2 1980. “Being born again is a hard thing. You ever seen a mother give birth to … Continue reading Karen Hughes Interview

Jun 02

Solid Rock / Covenant Woman single release

“Solid Rock”/”Covenant Woman” – 7″ stereo singles, Columbia 1-11318 (USA/Canada), 2 Jun 1980 Related

Jun 23

Saved is released

Saved is the twentieth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on June 23, 1980, by Columbia Records. Saved was the second album of Dylan’s “Christian trilogy”, following his conversion to born-again Christianity. It expanded on themes explored on its predecessor Slow Train Coming, with gospel arrangements and lyrics extolling the importance of a … Continue reading Saved is released

Aug 01

Saved / Are You Ready – single release


Oct 15

Rehearsals for the upcoming tour takes place at the Rundown Studios in Santa Monica.

The rehearsals conducted at Rundown Studio, Santa Monica in the weeks leading up to the briefest of fall tours represent perhaps the most intriguing repertoire of Dylan’s career. The songs rehearsed include some eight brand-new Dylan compositions, five of which are copyrighted from tapes made at Rundown at this time. All five copyrighted songs are … Continue reading Rehearsals for the upcoming tour takes place at the Rundown Studios in Santa Monica.

Nov 09

1980 A Musical Retrospective Tour: November 9 – December 4

12 Warfield shows (November 9-22, 1980), plus the seven shows that followed in Tucson, San Diego, Seattle, Salem (Oregon), and Portland, are known as the “Musical Retrospective” tour because of the advertisements Bill Graham (the San Francisco promoter) ran to try to assure fans that the “old Dylan” was back in action. -Paul Williams (Bob … Continue reading 1980 A Musical Retrospective Tour: November 9 – December 4

Nov 12

The only known live version of “Caribbean Wind”

At a request from Paul Williams, who had met Bob Dylan backstage at one of the first Warfield shows. – Dylan unveils a major new work, probably his finest song in five years. It is entitled “Caribbean Wind.” He prefaces it with a story about Leadbelly writing children’s songs when he came out of prison that … Continue reading The only known live version of “Caribbean Wind”

Nov 15

Brings onstage special guest Michael Bloomfield

The audience gets a real treat tonight as Dylan brings onstage special guest Michael Bloomfield for an exhilarating version of “Like a Rolling Stone,” complete with those memorable guitar runs that graced the original version. After a smoking version of “Senor,” Bloomfield returns to play lead guitar on “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar,” … Continue reading Brings onstage special guest Michael Bloomfield

Nov 16

Jerry Garcia guests on 11 songs

Jerry Garcia turns up and plays guitar on eleven songs; To Ramona, Ain’t Gonna Go To Hell For Anybody, Girl From The North Country, Slow Train, Covenant Woman, Solid Rock, Just Like A Woman, Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power), Simple Twist Of Fate, The Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar & When You Gonna Wake Up. Related

Nov 18

Paul Vincent interviews Dylan backstage

Paul Vincent interviews Dylan backstage. The interview is broadcast the next day by KMEL-FM radio.  – – – It is a good interview, Dylan insisting at one point that, “this is a stage show we’re doing, it’s not a salvation ceremony. -Clinton Heylin (A Life In Stolen Moments) Related

Nov 22

Last Warfield 1980 concert

Dylan delivers one of his finest shows at the end of an historic Warfield residency, with a 24-song set. Between “Simple Twist of Fate” and “Girl from the North Country” he sings, in Paul Williams’s words, “one of the true high points of these shows . . . a knock-’em-dead rendition of Little Willie John’s … Continue reading Last Warfield 1980 concert

Dec 04

Last concert of the “1980 Musical Retrospective Tour”

@ Paramount Theater, Portland, OR – Dylan concludes one of his finest tours with a 25-song set, which includes “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” and a version of”To Ramona” featuring Cal- ifornia bluegrasser David Grisman on mandolin. The tour ends with a five- song encore: “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “City of Gold,” “Don’t Think Twice, … Continue reading Last concert of the “1980 Musical Retrospective Tour”

Dec 08

John Lennon shot dead

john Lennon is assassinated by Mark Chapman outside the Dakota building in New York, shortly after midnight, as he returns from a recording session. Related



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