February 13: Bob Dylan history

Bob Dylan - Los Angeles, Feb 13, 2011
Bob Dylan – Los Angeles, Feb 13, 2011


Anyway, on Nashville Skyline you had to read between the lines. I was trying to grasp something that would lead me on to where I thought I should be, and it didn’t go nowhere – it just went down, down, down.
~Bob Dylan (to Jonathan Cott, Sept 1978)

Historic event

Feb 13, 1961

Dylan turns up at Gerdes Folk City with his birth certificate and gets to play. It is very likely that he now starts to play every Monday night at the Gerdes hootenannies, until Porco finally books him for a paying gig.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Feb 13-14, 1964

Dylan and company drive on to Denver. When they reach Dallas, they pull over in Dealey Plaza and examine the site of Kennedy’s assassination. After this macabre diversion, they drive via Fort Worth through the Panhandle, and onto Wichita Falls. In southern Colorado, they stop in Ludlow, scene of a notorious massacre immortalized in one of Woody Guthrie’s ballads.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Feb 13, 1977

According to a statement by Sara Dylan’s lawyer, Marvin Mitchelson, in March 1977, it was on the above date that, “she came down to breakfast and found Dylan, the children, and a woman named Malka at the breakfast table … Dylan struck her on the face and ordered her to leave.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)


Studio work

Columbia Studio A
Nashville, Tennessee
13 February 1969
2nd Nashville Skyline session, produced by Bob Johnston.

Dylan begins recording his first album in 15 months at Columbia’s Nashville Music Row Studios. Bob Johnston is again producing and Charlie McCoy and Ken Buttrey are once again the rhythm section, augmented by Bob Wilson on piano, Pete Drake on pedal steel, and Norman Blake and Charlie Daniels as the guirarist. Six songs are recorded on this first day, three of which will appear on Nashville Skyline: “To Be Alone with You,” “One More Night,” and “I Threw It All Away.” “Lay, Lady, Lay” is attempted at this first session but Dylan is unhappy with the results. An untitled song and something identified simply as ‘blues’ occupy the remainder of the time.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Check out: The second recording session for “Nashville Skyline” – 13 February 1969

Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
Sheffield, Alabama
13 February 1980
3rd Saved recording session produced by Jerry Wexler & Barry Beckett.

1. Saving Grace
2. Saving Grace
3. Saving Grace
4. Saving Grace

5. Pressing On
6. Pressing On
7. Pressing On
8. Pressing On
9. Pressing On
10. Pressing On
11. Pressing On
12. Pressing On
13. Pressing On

14. Unidentified Song
15. Unidentified Song

The bulk of today’s Muscle Shoals session is taken up with working our a “studio” arrangement for “Pressing On” that conveys the same rollercoaster feel as the live encore. The “Pressing On” they secure in five takes is one of the highlights on Saved. Before “Pressing On,” Dylan and the band have already laid down “Saving Grace” (in two takes). Finally Dylan begins work on the central song of the live set, “In the Garden,” although he abandons it after a single cake.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Concerts – February 13

  • 1961 – Gerde’s Folk City, New York City, NY, USA
  • 1966 – Virginia Arena, Norfolk, VA, USA
  • 1974 – Inglewood Forum, CA
  • 1974 – The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 1986 – Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 1991  – Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK
  • 1993 – Hammersmith Apollo, London, England, UK
  • 1997 – Kurashiki Shimin Kaikan, Kurashiki, Japan
  • 1999 – Redbird Arena, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA
  • 2002 – BI-LO Center, Greenville, SC, USA
  • 2003 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA, Australia
  • 2011 – Staples Center, Los Angeles, California – 53rd Grammy Awards

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One thought on “February 13: Bob Dylan history”

  1. And there are an incredible number of his songs that many listeners probably aren t even aware that he wrote, since they were turned into big hits by others. Don t get me wrong, I m a huge Dylan fan, but Joni Mitchell isn t the only one to play the plagiarism card on Bob.

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