Today, May 24th, is the Seventieth birthday of Bob Dylan. Is there a greater singer songwriter? I don’t think so, even if those of my generation are blessed in this regard compared with our sons and daughters. Apart from Bob, we have Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Nick Drake, Tom Waits, Carole King, Neil Young, Lou Reed, David Bowie, James Taylor, Elton John, Neil Diamond and Jackson Browne to name but a few. You young ‘uns have Paul Weller, Alanis Morrisette, Bjork and after that barrel scrapings like Badly Drawn Boy. Never mind – we can all share.
Dylan’s first of at least 34 albums came in 1962 and he is still recording and touring. Some of his interview answers alone sound like song titles and I also wonder if his recent series of themed radio shows on XM will ever see a wider audience. The few I heard were an education in popular music. Everyone has their favourite Dylan album or track where his songs are your more articulate voice. My favourites are the mid seventies output of Planet Waves, Blood on the Tracks and Desire. Blood on The Tracks is the best with my picks being Tangled up in blue and Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts.
Now I’ve told you mine , what’s your favourite Dylan song, album or moment ?? You can nominate cover versions too so you have The Byrds, Hendrix, Norah Jones, Bryan Ferry,Guns ‘n Roses, Pearl Jam, The White Stripes, Tracy Chapman and many more to choose from. Please feel free to comment.