Five on Friday is the meme invented by our friend Travis of Trav’s Thoughts. To join in, visit his site, sign in and share your five musical picks for the week, then visit the other participants for an eclectic musical experience.
Taking the easy way out with an “On This Day in Music History” post.
1941, Born on this day, Robert Zimmerman, (Bob Dylan), US folk singer, songwriter. Released over 40 albums since 1964, major influence on The Beatles and The Rolling Stones during the 60’s. Biggest hit is 1965 US No.2 single ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, 1969 UK No.5 single ‘Lay Lady Lay’, 1964 UK No.1 album ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’. 2006 album ‘Modern Times’ entered the US chart at No.1. Also a member of The Traveling Wilburys.
1963, Elmore James US blues guitarist, singer, died of a heart attack aged 45. Wrote ‘Shake Your Money Maker’, Covered by Fleetwood Mac in 1968. Known as “The King of the Slide Guitar”, James influenced Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Keith Richards. (Content warning – this is “dirty blues” at its best.)
1969, Bob Dylan’s album Nashville Skyline peaked at No.3 in the US chart. The singer’s ninth album, it also scored Dylan his fourth UK No.1. The album featured ‘Lay Lady Lay’, which became one of Dylan’s biggest pop hits, reaching No.7 in the US, his biggest single in three years.
1969, The Beatles with Billy Preston started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Get Back’, the group’s 17th US No.1. Credited to “The Beatles with Billy Preston”, it was the Beatles’ only single that credited another artist, ‘Get Back’ was also the Beatles’ first single release in true stereo in the US.
Rosanne Cash born on this day singing with her father Johnny Cash
Bonus – This is also my father’s birth date … so in his honor, the song we danced to on my 18th birthday: