A Nobel Look at Bob Dylan on Viking Twang
Written by Randy Black on October 17, 2016
Viking Twang Show 105, October 19, 2016
Good morning, welcome to Viking Twang Episode 105. I’m Randy Black, happy to be here on your college radio station. Looks as if we all survived the weekend hurricane, huh?
You all know that Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature, though of course Bob should probably have a special Nobel just for him. We’re going to salute his accomplishment with a special show of Dylan cover songs. So, as the song says, you ain’t going nowhere.
1 – Turkey Red; W.C. Beck & the Portland Country Underground.
2 – You Ain’t Going Nowhere; Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Former Byrds bandmates Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman sing leads on the 1989 Will The Circle Be Unbroken II. Dylan recorded it in 1967 and it was released in 1975 on The Basement Tapes.
3 – If You Gotta Go; The Flying Burrito Brothers. Gram Parsons taking the lead from the Burritos’ Gilded Palace of Sin in 1967, the same year Dylan recorded it as a unreleased single.
4 – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue; Country Gentlemen. Recorded in 1966 with classic lineup members Charlie Waller, John Duffey, and Eddie Adcock, with Ed Ferris on bass. Dylan recorded it for 1965’s Bringing It All Back Home.
5 – One Too Many Mornings; Johnny Cash. This was an nreleased track from the mid-60s that he later released as a duet with June. Dylan recorded it for 1964’s The Times They Are A-Changin’.
6 – Simple Twist of Fate; Diana Krall. The Canadian jazz singer recorded this for a 2012 album, Chimes of Freedom, in honor of Amnesty International. It’s originally from 1971’s Blood on the Tracks.
Dylan from the start was known for his political songs, so we’re going to get into that this set, starting off with one of two times on this show you’ll hear the man himself.
7 – Troubled and I Don’t Know Why. This is Dylan and Joan Baez, live from Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York, Aug. 17, 1963.
8 – Political World; The Carolina Chocolate Drops. This is also from the Chimes of Freedom album. From Dylan’s 1989 album, Oh Mercy.
9 – Masters of War; Judy Collins. The first Dylan song Judy recorded, from 1964’s Judy Collins #3. Dylan recorded it on 1963’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.
10 – Who Killed Davey Moore? The story of a champion featherweight boxer who died in a 1963 fight with Cuban boxer Sugar Ramos. Seeger released it in 1963; Dylan not until 1991.
11 – With God On Our Side; Odetta. She was called The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement. Dylan released this in 1964; Odetta in 1965.
12 – The Times They Are A-Changing;’ Tracy Chapman. Another song from Chimes of Freedom. Dylan recorded it on Freewheelin.’
Now that we’ve got the folk singing out of the way, we’re going to get raucous, and who better to lead it off than Beck:
13 – Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat; Beck. This is from an album called “War Child – Heroes,” put out in 2009 to help child victims of war. Dylan put it out on 1966’s Blonde On Blonde.
14 – It Takes A Lot To Laugh; It Takes A Train To Cry; Taj Mahal. From a 2002 album of Dylan songs covered by various blues artists. It’s from Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisted in 1965.
15 – Girl From The North Country; Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. This is from the very first Johnny Cash Show on June 7, 1969.
16 – I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight; Little Sue & Lynn Conover. Our local sweethearts from their 2001 album, Belle of the Ball. Dylan had it on 1967’s John Wesley Harding.
17 – Twang Theme; The Countrypolitans.