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‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ turns 79 today

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We remember Robert Zimmerman, who was born in Minnesota on this day in 1941.  We know him as Bob Dylan.

As far as I know, Dylan has been quiet lately.  He seems to be enjoying retirement and having the rest of us listen to his songs.  (By the way, May is another anniversary of Dylan’s second album, the one that included “Blowing in the wind.”)

Dylan did win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016.  Eventually, he accepted the award, but his trip to Stockholm was typical Dylan, as I recall reading in The New Yorker:

When he finally showed up in Stockholm, during an April tour stop, to receive the Nobel medal, he looked more like a cat burglar than a laureate, sneaking into the private prize hand-off through a service door, wearing a hoodie, leather jacket, and gloves. 

Maybe he should have done a solo rendition of “Boots of Spanish Leather” with that outfit!  On second thought, maybe he should have asked Joan Baez to do it.

I never really liked Dylan singing his own songs, although “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Like a Rolling Stone” are obvious exceptions.  Nobody can sing those two songs like Dylan.  I love The Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man,” but Dylan is Dylan.

Nevertheless, I was one of those who loved others singing Dylan songs.  Nobody did it better than Peter Paul and Mary and Joan Baez.

Happy #79 to Dylan.

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May 24, 2020 at 5:45 am

A word about May 24

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We remember May 24: 

Hey Mr. Tambourine Man“:    We remember Robert Zimmerman who was born in Minnesota on this day in 1941.  We know him as Bob Dylan.

The bridge:    It took 14 years, and sadly 27 lives, but The Brooklyn Bridge opened on this day in 1883.   It connected Brooklyn and New York City and designed by John A. Roebling.

Baseball under the lights:   The first night game was on this day in 1935:   The Reds beat the Phillies 2-1 before 25,000 happy home team fans!

Tigers ’84:   Back in 1984, the Detroit Tigers got off to a 35-5 start.    That’s winning 87% of your first 40 games.     The Tigers ended up with 104 wins.   They beat KC in the ALCS and defeated San Diego in 5 games in the World Series.    Great team.

P.S.  You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.

Written by scantojr

May 24, 2020 at 4:00 am

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