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Bob Dylan turns 82 today, so we’re taking this opportunity to celebrate some of the legendary songwriter’s music, as well as covers of his work over the years.
Born in 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, Dylan has a discography covered by a wide range of musicians from many genres: The Byrds, Nina Simone, Guns N’ Roses, Cat Power, Jerry Garcia, Eddie Vedder and Rage Against The Machine.
Then, of course, there’s the unmistakable brilliance of Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along The Watchtower,” which influenced how Dylan himself performed the song live.
“My old songs, they have something – I agree, they have something,” Dylan said in a 2016 Rolling Stone article by novelist Jonathan Lethem. “I think my songs have been covered – maybe not as much as ‘White Christmas’ or ‘Stardust’, but there’s a list of over 5,000 recordings. That’s a lot of people covering your songs, they have to have something. If I was me, I’d cover my songs too.”
We hope you enjoy this playlist. Happy birthday Bob. Here are many more.