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





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 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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Patti Smith sings 7 Bob Dylan songs

Patti Smith covers Bob Dylan

A writer, or any artist, can’t expect to be embraced by the people [but] you just keep doing your work — because you have to, because it’s your calling.
~Patti Smith

Punk rock’s poet laureate Patti Smith ranks among the most influential female rock & rollers of all time. Ambitious, unconventional, and challenging, Smith’s music was hailed as the most exciting fusion of rock and poetry since Bob Dylan’s heyday.
~Steve Huey (allmusic.com)

Let us kick off with the heartfelt touching performance from The Nobel Prize ceremony.

Patti Smith – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (2016):

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Bob Dylan – Great duets part 1

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A duet is a musical composition for two performers in which the performers have equal importance to the piece. It is often used to describe a composition involving two singers. It differs from a harmony, as the performers take turns performing a solo section rather than performing simultaneously.

Bob Dylan has done a lot of duets, we have collected some of our favourites and will present them in batches of three. This first post has three of his most beautiful duets with some strong female artists.

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez – Never Let me Go from the movie, Renaldo and Clara.

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The Best Dylan Covers: Patti Smith with Lenny Kaye – Boots of Spanish Leather

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Photo: Alldylan.com, Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye at Bergenfest 2015

Boots of Spanish Leather is a ballad written and performed by Bob Dylan, and released in 1964 on his album The Times They Are a-Changin’

Dylan’s recording features him solo on the acoustic guitar, playing the song using fingerpicking.

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September 2: The late great Billy Preston was born in 1946

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William Everett “Billy” Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American musician whose work included R&B, rock, soul, funk and gospel. A virtuoso keyboardist, particularly on Hammond organ, Preston was recognized as a top session musician in the 1960s, during which he backed artists such as Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and the Beatles. He then went on to achieve fame as a solo artist, with hit pop singles including “That’s the Way God Planned It”, “Outa-Space”, “Will It Go Round in Circles”, “Space Race”, and “Nothing from Nothing”.

In addition, Preston co-wrote “You Are So Beautiful”, which became a number 5 hit for Joe Cocker. Preston continued to record and perform with other artists, notably George Harrison after the Beatles’ break-up, and Eric Clapton, and he played keyboards for the Rolling Stones on many of the group’s albums and tours during the 1970s.

That’s the way God planned it(1980):

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