Johnny Cash covers Bob Dylan – part 1

Dylan & Cash

“I love Bob Dylan, I really do. I love his early work, I love the first time he plugged in electrically, I love his Christian albums, I love his other albums.”
~Johnny Cash

In this series of post I’ll present all the Dylan covers by Johnny Cash I could find. They will be presented chronologically with facts related to the recording.

PS! duets are not included, rather check out:

As an intro, here is a nice video where Bob Dylan talks about Johnny Cash:

Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Date: July 26, 1964
Location: Newport Folk Festival, Freebody Park, Newport
Producer: Don Law – Frank Jones.
Released: The Man In Black 1963-1969, Plus (1996) – Bear Family CD box set & Bootleg Volume III: Live Around The World  (2011), Columbia

Johnny_Cash_-_Bootleg_3_-_Cover

  • Johnny Cash (v, acg)
  • Luther Perkins (eg)
  • Marshall Grant (b)
  • WS Holland (d)

Mama, You Been On My Mind (v1)
Date:
 July 27, 1964
Location: Columbia Recording Studio, Nashville, TN.
Producers: 
Don Law – Frank Jones.
Released: Orange Blossom Special  (1965), Columbia

johnny cash orrange blossom album

  • Johnny Cash (v, acg)
  • Bob Johnson (g)
  • Luther Perkins (eg)
  • Norman Blake (dbr)
  • Marshall Grant (b)
  • WS Holland (d)
  • Karl Garvin
  • William McElhiney (trp)

Mama, You Been On My Mind (v2 – with horns)
Date:
 July 27, 1964
Location: Columbia Recording Studio, Nashville, TN.
Producers:
Don Law – Frank Jones.
Released: The Man In Black 1963-1969, Plus (1996) – Bear Family CD box set

johnny cash bear family

  • Johnny Cash (v, acg)
  • Bob Johnson (g)
  • Luther Perkins (eg)
  • Norman Blake (dbr)
  • Marshall Grant (b)
  • WS Holland (d)
  • Karl Garvin
  • William McElhiney (trp)

It Ain’t Me Babe
Date:August 27, 1964
Location:Columbia Recording Studio, Nashville, TN. 
Producer:Don Law – Frank Jones
Released: included on many albums (first on “Orange Blossom Special”  (1965)).
Also released on an EP
Johnny+Cash i tain't me babe

  • Johnny Cash (v, acg)
  • Carter Family: Maybelle, Anita, Helen, June (vhm)
  • Norman Blake, Bob Johnson (g)
  • Luther Perkins (eg)
  • Marshall Grant (b)
  • WS Holland (d)
  • Karl Garvin
  • William McElhiney (trp)
  • Charlie McCoy (h)


Johnny Cash has performed “It Ain’t Me Babe” many times live.

Here are a couple of videos:

Australia 1973 with June Carter Cash:


somewhere else.. with June Carter Cash:


Austin, TX – December 08, 1994 (audio):

Check out:

-Egil

2 thoughts on “Johnny Cash covers Bob Dylan – part 1”

  1. Johnny Cash & Bob share some proclivities in their methods of making themselves famous. I believe from what I read by their friends , they both had a hard working side to them , as well as a touch of wanderlust in life. Both came out of their fall from grace via hard work and help of good friends.
    John does a great job on ” Bob’s song It ain’t me Babe” but I can only feel Bob in His song John sings ” Don’t Think Twice”. Two who admire each other but inevitably to each of us definitely one !

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