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Added 05-24-20 07:31:02am EST - “Bob Dylan is first and foremost a songwriter. He somehow absorbed the folk, rock, country and blues traditions as a precocious young man and then recapitulated them in his own voice many times over while adding a twist of modernist…” - Powerlineblog.com

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Bob Dylan is first and foremost a songwriter. He somehow absorbed the folk, rock, country and blues traditions as a precocious young man and then recapitulated them in his own voice many times over while adding a twist of modernist poetry to the mix. On his birthday, I want to take the liberty of reposting some notable cover versions of great songs you may not have heard before, at least in these versions. We can only scratch the surface here, and I’m dating myself with this selection, but these covers have all struck a deep chord with me over the years. As I have continued to think about it, the list has become an expanding universe. I regret the necessary omissions. Without further ado, we gratefully present…

From the first notable album of all-Dylan covers, Odetta’s version of “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.”

The Byrds launched Dylan into the top 10 with their brilliant version of “Mr. Tambourine Man” in 1965. The Byrds originally introduced “Lay Down Your Weary Tune” on Turn Turn Turn at the end of the year. You can hear Roger McGuinn’s ringing 12-string and the Byrds’ beautiful harmony parts in the chorus. Pick a part and join in.

Dion DiMucci included “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” on Kickin’ Child as one of three Dylan covers on his “lost album” of 1965 (released in 2017). I think Columbia Records put it on Dion’s Wonder Where I’m Bound. Van Morrison’s cover with Them is terrific, but this is my favorite of the covers with which I’m familiar.

Judy Collins picked up “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” from Dylan’s great Highway 61 Revisited album for her arty In My Life. The song lacks a chorus. The tale of woe keeps a-rollin’ in Judy’s deadpan delivery.

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