Orpheus and SNL

October 20, 1979 … Dylan makes his one and only appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Hear Bob Dylan’s Intro From First ‘Theme Time Radio’ Show in 11 Years 

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.

Source: Hear Bob Dylan’s Intro From First ‘Theme Time Radio’ Show in 11 Years – Rolling Stone

Highway 61 Revisited 

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.

Sentimental Hygiene 

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.

Slow Train Coming 

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.


Shot of Love

Orpheus releases his 21st album on August 12, 1981. It’s generally considered the last of his trilogy of gospel-influenced albums and is often looked to by other artists for it’s mastery in song-writing and influence. Bono hails it as one of his favs and Springsteen cited “Every Grain of Sand” when inducting Dylan into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.