Bob Dylan’s best songs: Blind Willie McTell

Kurt Loder: I heard an outtake from the Infidels sessions called Blind Willie McTell. Is that ever going to come out? It’s a great song. Bob Dylan: I didn’t think I recorded it right. But I don’t know why that stuff gets out on me. I mean, it never seems to get out on other people. ~Bob Dylan (Kurt Loder interview 1984) …

Bob Dylan’s best songs: Call Letter Blues

The children cry for mother I tell ‘em, “Mother took a trip.” Well, the children cry for mother I tell ‘em, “Mother took a trip.” Well, I walk on pins and needles I hope my tongue don’t slip. ~Bob Dylan (Call Letter Blues) Such self-consciously autobiographical imagery probably told for it in the end. I just can’t imagine Dylan releasing the …

Townes Van Zandt: His 11 best songs

Marie she didn’t wake up this morning She didn’t even try She just rolled over and went to Heaven My little boy safe inside I laid them in the sun where somebody’d find them Caught a Chesapeak on the fly Marie will know I’m headed south So’s to meet me by and by Marie will know I’m headed south So …

The Best Songs: Tecumseh Valley – Townes Van Zandt

I first heard this song when Emmylou Harris sang it, then I heard Nanci Griffith’s version on the album, Other voices other rooms. Great interpretations both of them. It made me seek out Townes Van Zandt’s versions, they’re even better! John Townes Van Zandt I (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), best known as Townes Van Zandt, was an …

20 songs released in 1964 you must hear

– The Year 1964 world events Nelson Mandela sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa (June 11). Congress approves Gulf of Tonkin Resolution after North Vietnamese torpedo boats allegedly attack US destroyers (Aug. 7). Khrushchev is deposed; Kosygin becomes premier and Brezhnev becomes first secretary of the Communist Party (October). China detonates its first atomic bomb. Three civil rights workers—Schwerner, …

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