Woody Guthrie had died (after fifteen years of illness) on October 3, 1967, and, apparently at Dylan’s suggestion, plans were made to hold a benefit concert in his honor. The concert took place January 20, 1968, at Carnegie Hall; Dylan appeared backed by the Band (other performers included Odetta, Pete Seeger, Jack Elliot, and Judy Collins), and played three Woody Guthrie songs: “Grand Coulee Dam,” “Dear Mrs. Roosevelt,” and “I Ain’t Got No Home.” These performances were later released on a Columbia album called A Tribute to Woody Guthrie, Part 1. Dylan and the Band are in fine form here – their performances are inventive, exuberant, and sublimely musical.
-Paul Williams (Bob Dylan Performing Artist I: The Early Years 1960-1973)
New York City, New York
20 January 1968
The Woody Guthrie Memorial Concert. Afternoon show.
- Bob Dylan (guitar & vocal)
- Robbie Robertson (guitar)
- Richard Manuel (piano)
- Garth Hudson (organ)
- Rick Danko (bass)
- Levon Helm (drums)
- I Ain’t Got No Home (Woody Guthrie)
- Dear Mrs Roosevelt (Woody Guthrie)
- The Grand Coulee Dam (Woody Guthrie)
Released on on “A TRIBUTE TO WOODY GUTHRIE, Part I”, Columbia KC-31171.
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