27 August 2020

Veteran alt-rockers YO LA TENGO from New Jersey just announced a new EP called SLEEPLESS NIGHT, with covers of five of their favorite songs. One of Bob Dylan, The Flying Machine, The Delmore Brothers, Ronnie Lane, and The Byrds and one new track of their own.

The covers were all initially released as part of a limited-edition catalog for a Los Angeles Country Museum Of Art retrospective of the Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara who assisted the band to choose the five covers.

You can hear here their take on THE BYRDS‘ ballad I WASN’T BORN TO FOLLOW, co-written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, which was part of the soundtrack of the classic movie Easy Rider

The original

YO LA TENGO: Facebook

‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ By THE BYRDS – No 1 Hit In The UK Today 55 Years Ago

Top singles from the past…

24 July 2020

Band: The Byrds (Los Angeles)
Active: 1964-1973, 1989-1991, 2000

Single: Mr. Tambourine Man
Written by: Bob Dylan
B-side: I’d Knew I’d Want You

Released: 21 June 1965
Score: No 1 in the UK 24 July 1965 – 55 years ago
Album: Mr. Tambourine Man – debut LP

Sing it…

Master Bob

THE BYRDS: Facebook

THE BYRDS – No 1 Hit In The USA With MR. TAMBOURINE MAN On 26 June 1966…

Knockouts from the past

26 June 2019


Today 53 years ago, on 26 June 1966, the legendary harmonious Americana choir THE BYRDS scored their first USA number one hit with a cover of BOB DYLAN‘s topper MR. TAMBOURINE MAN (which appeared on his excellent Bringing It All Back Home LP).
The song also peaked on the UK Singles Chart a few weeks later. The Byrds turned the eternal troubadour’s acoustic version into an electrifying classic with jingle jangle guitars as suggested by Dylan’s lyric: “in the jingle jangle morning I’ll come following you”.

Here’s the man…

THE BYRDS: Biography