Category Archives: Bob Dylan

May 20: Cher Covers Bob Dylan – Happy Birthday Cher

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Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) Recognized for having brought the sense of female autonomy and self-actualization into the entertainment industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in various areas of entertainment, as well as continuously reinventing both her music and image, which has led to her being nicknamed the Goddess of Pop.

In his MusiCares speak Bob Dylan thanked Sonny and Cher for helping getting his songs known in the early days of his career:

“The Byrds, the Turtles, Sonny & Cher – they made some of my songs Top 10 hits but I wasn’t a pop songwriter and I really didn’t want to be that, but it was good that it happened. Their versions of my songs were like commercials, but I didn’t really mind that, because 50 years later, my songs were being used in the commercials. So that was good too. I was glad it happened, and I was glad they’d done it.”

Cher has covered many Bob Dylan songs throughout her career:

All I Really Wanna Do, Blowin’ In The Wind, Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right, I Threw It All Away, Like A Rolling Stone,  Masters Of War, The Times, They Are A-Changin’, Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You, Lay, Baby, Lay (yes, really!) and I Want You (Please tell us if there are more).

Like a Rolling Stone (audio):

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May 20: The Late Joe Cocker (born May 20, 1944) Sings Bob Dylan

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John Robert Cocker OBE (born 20th May 1944– died  22nd Dec 2014) — known as Joe Cocker — was an English rock and blues singer, who came to popularity in the 1960s, and is known for his gritty voice, his spasmodic body movement in performance and his cover versions of popular songs, particularly those of The Beatles.

He covered many songs by Bob Dylan, here are those I managed to find today:

Seven Days, Live with Ron Wood and Eric Clapton (1983):

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Bob Dylan: 6 Brilliant live performances from the year 1997

A lot of people don’t like the road, but it’s as natural to me as breathing. I do it because I’m driven to do it, and I either hate it or love it. I’m mortified to be on the stage, but then again, it’s the only place where I’m happy. It’s the only place you can be who you want to be.
~Bob Dylan (John Pareles Interview, Sept. 1997)

I do a certain amount of concerts every year. But it’s not a constant never-ending tour. A part of me doesn’t wanna do it at all. Just want to quit right away. Playing is a job. My trade. Like you’re journalists. You are heading for the next news item, I’m heading for the next town.
~Bob Dylan (London press conference, 4 Oct 1997)

Never Ending Tour 1997

Start date February 9, 1997
End date December 20, 1997
Legs 6
No. of shows 11 in Asia
78 in North America
4 in Europe

93 in Total

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May 10: Tony Garnier was born in 1955 – Happy Birthday!




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Great photo taken by Frank Beacham in a small club in New York City in 2009

On stage he is always the lieutenant, ready for anything, clocking everything with equanimity, passing on to other musicians his accurate interpretations of Dylan’s often inscrutable nods and narrowings of eyes, yet at the same time smiling at fans and giving every appearance of a contented man who still enjoys his work…. By the end of 2007, he had played at 1900 Bob Dylan concerts, Uncannily, he doesn’t look a day older than when he played his first.
– Michael Gray (Bob Dylan encyclopedia)


Tony Garnier (born Saint Paul, Minnesota, May 10, 1955) is best known as an accompanist to Bob Dylan, with whom he has played since 1989. He is Dylan’s longest-running side-man, and has sometimes been characterized as his “musical director” as well.

In addition to his work with Dylan, Garnier has recorded with Tom Waits, Loudon Wainwright III, Paul Simon, Marc Ribot and Eric Andersen, and was a member of Asleep at the Wheel (from 1976–78) and The Lounge Lizards. He also played with Robert Gordon in the early 1980s. He was also a long-time side-man for David Johansen in his Buster Poindexter persona, and was also briefly a member of the Saturday Night Live house band.

 

Here are Dylan & Garnier @ the 70th birthday of Apollo Theater – A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke):

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Bob Dylan: 6 Brilliant Live Performances From The Year 1994





Edna Gundersen: Was playing at Woodstock [1994] a special moment?

Bob Dylan: Nah, it was just another show, really. We just blew in and blew out of there. You do wonder if you’re coming across, because you feel so small on a stage like that.

Never Ending Tour 1994

Start date February 5, 1994
End date November 13, 1994
Legs 5
No. of shows 14 in Asia
73 in North America
17 in Europe

104 in Total

A fine N.E.T. year with 3 very special moments:

  • Playing “Masters of War” in Hiroshima
  • The Great Music Experience – Nara, Japan
  • Woodstock 94

Please use the Comments section to  post your personal favourites from 1994.

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