The Byrds, Dylan and a Tambourine

July 1, 2015

 The Byrds, a California-based folk rock band, hit paydirt with a Bob Dylan song in 1965. The group's first hit record, Mr. Tambourine Man, climbed to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

 

Mr. Tambourine Man was a landmark hit record in many ways. There had been folk-tinged artists like Peter, Paul, & Mary, and the Kingston Trio well before the Byrds, but none that had blended folk music with rock successfully. Mr. Tambourine Man was also one of the first Bob Dylan-written songs to find across-the-board popularity. The song changed the listening habits of rock & roll fans, making it not only acceptable, but popular to listen to songs with social relevance, rather than the "moon-June-swoon" lyrics of prior pop music.

 

Mr. Tambourine Man would be the first, but not the last time that the Byrds interpreted Bob Dylan's music.

 

Mr. Tamborine Man (remastered)

 

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