MR. TAMBOURINE MAN

Latest update on 14/07/2017

Artist: Brothers Four
Author: Bob Dylan
Label: Columbia
Year: 1965

The first version released. The first take Dylan recorded (with Ramblin' Jack Elliott) during the marathon session for the Another Side Of Bob Dylan lp (June 9th, 1964) was shelved and resurfaced on No Direction Home ('05). A copy of this 6+ minute version was send to The Byrds. Their cover triggered a never ending rush on the Dylan song canon. Dylan's Witmark demo (on Bootleg Series Vol 9) is not the oldest version nailed.

Covers:

1965:

Bob Dylan [author on lp Bringing It All Back Home; had been playing it live for seven months; there's footage of his performance during Newport '64 in Martin Scorsese's documentary No Direction Home]

1965:

Byrds [debut single, n°1 US & UK; intro inspired by the Rickenbacker outro of The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night]

1965:

Judy Collins

1965:

Chad & Jeremy

1965:

David Rose

1965:

Duane Eddy

1965:

Billy Strange

1965:

Gerry Mulligan

1965:

Glen Campbell

1965:

Johnny Rivers

1965:

Dino, Dezi & Billy

1965:

Lettermen

1965:

Barbarians

1965:

Odetta

1965:

Hunters

1965:

Hugues Aufray [as L'Homme orchestre]

1966:

Beau Brummels

1966:

Stevie Wonder

1966:

Billy Lee Riley

1966:

Four Seasons

1966:

Noel Harrison

1966:

New Christy Minstrels

1968:

Marmalade

1968:

Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs

1969:

Melanie

1975:

Con Funk Shun

1977:

Laurent Voulzy

1981:

STS [Austrian folk band as He, alter Liedersänger]

1982:

Julie Felix

1984:

Gene Clark

1987:

Tito Schipa Jr. [as Tu Col Tamburino]

1989:

Crowded House [with Roger McGuinn live]

1990:

Byrds & Bob Dylan [live on Roy Orbison Tribute]

1992:

Teenage Fanclub

2004:

Gregory Isaacs [on Is It Rolling Bob]

2007:

Mountain

2014:

Charlie Daniels Band

Written while driving across the USA from New York over New Orleans to San Francisco, just like Jack Kerouac indeed. Who was this Tambourine Man? According to Dylan biographer Howard Sounes in Down The Highway, Bruce Longhorne was the man. During the Freewheelin' sessions this guitarist always carried a big Turkish tambourine.

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