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May 15, 1965, When It All Began: The Byrds Mr. Tambourine Man

14. Mai 2015

On May 15, 1965, 50 years ago, one of the most influential rock-songs ever, „Mr. Tambourine Man“ (originally written by Bob Dylan) performed by The Byrds entered the U.S. Billboard charts and peaking No.1 on June 26! (See Footnote). Some weeks later, on 28.07.1965 the single also hit No.1 in the UK-charts.

The Byrds, founded in 1964 in Los Angeles by Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark and David Crosby, merged the very popular sound of the Beatles with the classical repertoire of American Folk, which they had all played before 1964 in different other bands. They were especially interested in material of Bob Dylan, who was at that time popular as folk singer, but who had not yet „converted“ to Rock-music in 1964. Both, the Byrds and Dylan respected each other and so the Byrds used a number of Dylan songs on their first two albums and also made Dylan interesting for listeners of classical Rock. Later on in 1965, Dylan also used Rock-arrangements for his songs (as on „Like a Rolling Stone“).

The Byrds in 1965 ()

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