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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Joan Baez was born in 1941 Happy Birthday
And Joan Baez means more to me than 100 of these singers around today. She’s more powerful. That’s what we’re looking for. That’s what we respond to. She always had it and always will, power for the species, not just for a select group.
~Bob Dylan (to Neil Hickey, Sept. 1976)
“I’ve never had a humble opinion. If you’ve got an opinion, why be humble about it?”
― Joan Baez
I went to jail for 11 days for disturbing the peace; I was trying to disturb the war.
~Joan Baez (Pop Chronicles interview – 1967)
Down the street the dogs are barking And the day is a-getting dark As the night comes in a-falling The dogs will lose their bark And the silent night will shatter From the sounds inside my mind For I’m one too many mornings And a thousand miles behind
“One Too Many Mornings” is a song by Bob Dylan, released on his third studio album The Times They Are a-Changin’ in 1964. The chords and vocal melody are in some places very similar to the song “The Times They Are A-Changin'”.
We have picked 5 good covers of One Too Many Mornings:
On June 5, 1965, Joan Baez played a special concert at the BBC Television Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush, London. This is Joan Baez in her prime. The show was recorded less than a month after Dylan’s 1965 tour of England, depicted in Pennebaker’s film Don’t Look Back, in which Dylan failed to invite Baez onstage despite the fact that she had introduced him to national audiences in America.
Sometimes two voices or two musicians come together in an inspired pairing that is truly special and Bob Dylan has had several such inspired moments through the years. We have dug up some really special treats for you today.
Bob Dylan and Joan Baez – Never Let me go (Renaldo & Clara):
Written by Joseph C. Scott (but made famous by Johnny Ace) performed by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez during the first Rolling Thunder Revue (1975).