Covering Bob Dylan

Few artists have had their songs covered by more arists than Bob Dylan. There are so many cover versions of his songs that I could have made this medley a lot longer than it is but I didn’t think you wanted to spend all day listening to it.

Most of these versions are well known, but the final two may come as a surprise.

When Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner asked Dylan to name his favorite cover of one of his songs in 1969, he didn’t go with obvious candidates by the likes of the Byrds, Jimi Hendrix or Peter, Paul & Mary. He instead went with Elvis Presley’s relatively-obscure 1966 take on Tomorrow Is A Long Time. “That’s the one recording I treasure the most,” Dylan said.

In 2005, he added another favorite; Warren Zevon’s stunning version of Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, a song which carried the added impact of being on Zevon’s final album, The Wind, which was released just two weeks before his death from inoperable pleural mesothelioma in 2003.

Note: This will be the final medley for this week. Sometimes rock and roll has to take a back seat to more important matters. May you be blessed as you celebrate the true meaning of Easter, from the reflection of Good Friday to the joy of Easter Sunday.

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Covering Bob Dylan

Manfred Mann – Byrds – Jimi Hendrix Experience
George Harrison – Flying Burrito Brothers
Rick Nelson – Peter, Paul & Mary – Adele
Elvis Presley – Warren Zevon


Comments (13)

  1. freddie

    Ray I remember when Dylan first came out I said He was not going to make it!! Man was I wrong he is one of the greatest story tellers of all time!! I couldn’t understand his lyrics for some reason I couldn’t understand the words!! After years of wearing hearing aids I finally could!! So today Ray I am going to just have my coffee and listen to the stories!! I remember he became a born again Christian I think in the 70’s so he did some gospel songs one of my favorites was Slow Train Coming!! Ray the truth of the matter is we are all Knockin’ on Heavens Door and we both know the answer…It’s Blowin’ In The Wind!! What a great tribute Ray!! And by the way this version of Knockin” on Heaven’s door brings tears to my eyes!! love ya!!

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Fred, I have been an admirer of Bob since the mid-sixties. He may not have liked the title of “spokesman for a generation” but that is what he was. When he shifted gears and released Slow Train Coming in 1979, my admiration grew even more. There is a song on that album, I Believe In You, which was, and still is, absolutely stunning.
      Love Ya!

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    2. Pat Conant

      Perfect, Fred!

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      1. Ray (Post author)

        It really was.

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  2. Sandy Gaither

    This was a great tribute, which left me feeling very thoughtful. If you listen to all the words and I don’t mean for the first time but if you just really listen, the meanings are so deep. Like Fred, knocking on heavens door made me cry. But I think as I’ve gotten older, more than ever I realize that we just are not invincible. I really loved listening to this! Ray I hope that you have a very blessed Easter, and are celebrating with your family and friends. And when we can type up that message, that “He is Risen” our holiday will be complete. You do such a fine job with all of this, and I appreciate you more than ever! Ray you’re the best! ❤️

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Sandy ❤️
      I am so glad you enjoyed today’s medley, and I’m pleased you took the time to truly appreciate the message in Bob’s songs.
      God Bless You ❤️

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  3. Hawthorne Mary Helen

    Love Dylan…what a lyricist as evidenced by his Nobel among other awards!
    A favorite cd of mine is Maria Muldaur covering Dylan love songs.
    That’s right love songs and it’s great

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Mary Helen. 🥰
      As I wrote on Facebook earlier, I am inclined to put together Part 2 of Dylan covers, and when I do, I’ll be sure to include Maria. Her album is fantastic 🙂

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  4. Pat Conant

    Enjoyed these today. Some I didn’t realize were Dylan songs.

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Pat 🥰
      I’ll be doing another set soon. I hope you have a Blessed Easter.

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      1. Pat Conant

        And a Blessed Easter to you and yours, Ray.

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  5. Penny

    What a great medley .. a couple I didn’t recognize and I was surprised these are all Dylan songs. I think my favorite is Peter Paul and Mary – love Blowing in the Wind!! I loved most all of them!
    Have a great weekend and wonderful Easter my friend!

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Penny 🥰
      I’m glad you enjoyed listening to the wisdom of Mr. Dylan as performed by other artists. 🙂
      Have a Blessed Easter!

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