July 20, 1965 ~ Orpheus releases “Like A Rolling Stone.”
Dylan struggled with the song. Al Kooper, his keyboard player, suggested a “rock” format and promptly improvised the famous organ riff.
Over the years, it became clear the song was revolutionary in more than its lyrics. It’s considered one of the most influential compositions in rock. It’s #1 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Perhaps the greatest homage comes from The Boss:
“Like a Rolling Stone” feels like a torrent that comes rushing towards you … floods your soul, floods your mind. Alerts and wakes you up instantaneously to other worlds, other lives. Other ways of being. It’s perhaps one of the most powerful records ever made and it still means a great deal to me along with all of Dylan’s work.”Bruce Springsteen