October 20, 1979 … Dylan makes his one and only appearance on Saturday Night Live.
October 1, 1965. Orpheus plays Carnegie Hall. And … intros his new backup band.
After Dylan’s on-stage comments at Live Aid in 1985, the singer would spark the fire of one of America’s proudest benefit concerts; Farm Aid.
Bob Dylan welcomes fans to the first episode of his “Theme Time Radio Hour” in 11 years in one of three exclusive clips from the show ahead of Dylan’s SiriusXM return Monday.
I’m actually catching the “on demand” version right now. It’s good. It’s strangely comforting. And, for that alone — it’s worth the listen.
PS to Orpheus: I’m listening on my smart refrigerator. And Lady Gaga is a hoot.
Released on August 30, 1965, it’s #4 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and includes the greatest rock ‘n roll song of all time: “Like A Rolling Stone.”
Orpheus named the album after the highway which connected his birthplace of Duluth, Minnesota, to southern cities famed for their musical heritage, including St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans, and the Delta blues area of Mississippi.
August 29, 1987 ~ Zevon’s back after a 5-year hiatus and enlists some notables in the effort. Peter Buck, Bill Berry and Mike Mills, back up Zevon on this album and fellow R.E.M. alum Michael Stipe appears on the album providing vocals and harmony on the song “Bad Karma”. Dylan and Neil Young are there, too; Orpheus playing harmonica on “The Factory” and Shakey does lead guitar on the title track.
Listen to Shakey cover Orpheus …
Source: Neil Young Archives
Orpheus releases Slow Train Coming on August 20, 1979. Like many of his albums, it’s controversial among fans. Dylan lays his personal faith on the line which doesn’t sit well with many of his tight-ass fans. But the album also welcomes many new fans to the work of Orpheus. He wins a Grammy for best male vocal performance and the album gives him his first hit single in three years.