Bob Dylan – On This Day – February 12

From the recording of Saved
From the recording of Saved – 1980

At every point in my life I’ve had to make decisions for what I believed in. Sometimes I’ve ended up hurting people that I’ve loved. Other times I’ve ended up loving people that I never thought I would.
~Bob Dylan (to Karen Hughes, May 21, 1980)

Historic event

Feb 12, 1961

Dylan sends a second postcard to the Whitakers. In it he states that he visits Guthrie four times a week and that he has been playing The Commons
“where people clap for me.”
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Feb 12, 1964

Heading out of New Orleans in the morning, the happy band arrive in Tougaloo, MS by midafternoon. Dylan proceeds to play an unscheduled onehour
set at Tougaloo College. After a brief chat with various civil rights activists, they move on. In 1985, Dylan would recall beginning to write “Mr. Tambourine Man” on leaving New Orleans.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Feb 12, 1969

Bob Johnston goes over to the Nashville Ramada Inn, where Dylan is staying, so that Dylan can play him the songs he wants to record and discuss the musicians he wants to play on the forthcoming sessions.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Feb 12, 1989 – Guest appearance at a Grateful Dead concert

The Forum
Los Angeles, California
12 February 1989

  1. Iko-Iko (Anne Barbara Hawkins/Rosa Lee Hawkins/Joan Marie Johnson/
    Jessie Thomas-Joe Jones-Sharon Jones)
  2. Monkey And The Engineer (Jesse Fuller)
  3. Alabama Getaway (Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia)
  4. Dire Wolf (Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia)
  5. Cassidy (Bob Weir/John Barlow)
  6. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
  7. Drums
  8. Space
  9. The Other One
  10. Stella Blue
  11. Foolish Heart
  12. Not Fade Away (Norman Petty/Charles Hardin)
  13. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
  • Bob Dylan (guitar), Jerry Garcia (guitar), Bob Weir (guitar), Phil Lesh (bass), Brent Mydland (keyboards), Bill Kreutzman (drums), Mickey Hart (drums).
  • 6, 13 Bob Dylan (shared vocal)

Full concert:

Dylan makes a surprise appearance at a Grateful Dead show. Although he is onstage for some eight songs, he only contributes vocals on two: “Stuck Inside of Mobile,” on which he seems to lose interest halfway through, and a perfunctory encore of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Studio work

Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
Sheffield, Alabama
12 February 1980
2nd Saved recording session produced by Jerry Wexler & Barry Beckett.

    1. Solid Rock
    2. Solid Rock
    3. Solid Rock
    4. Solid Rock
    5. Solid Rock
    6. Solid Rock
    7. Solid Rock
    8. What Can I Do For You?
    9. What Can I Do For You?
    10. Saved (Bob Dylan/Tim Drummond)
    11. Saved (Bob Dylan/Tim Drummond)
    12. A Satisfied Mind (Red Hayes/Jack Rhodes)
    13. Saved (Bob Dylan/Tim Drummond)

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar), Fred Tackett (guitar), Spooner Oldham (organ), Tim Drummond (bass), Jim Keltner (drums)

 A far more productive session at Muscle Shoals yields three cuts on Saved, including the seemingly improvised opener, “Satisfied Mind,” which is cut
in a single rake, as is “Saved” (although according to Wexler this was one of two songs recur on the 15th). “Solid Rock” is cut in three takes, “What Can I Do for You!” in one, although that Muscle Shoals groove is sadly lacking on both.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Concerts – February 12

  • 1964 – Tougaloo College, Jackson, MS, USA
  • 1965 – Troy Armory, Troy, NY, USA
  • 1986 – Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 1991 – Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK
  • 1993 – Hammersmith Apollo, London, England, UK
  • 1994 – Osaka-jo Hall, Osaka, Japan
  • 1999 – S.I.U. Arena, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, USA


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