In 1965 The Byrds debut single “Mr. Tambourine Man” peaks to No.1 on the Hot 100

A Bob Dylan cover that changed music and had a huge impact on the late 1960’s Rock

In 1965 The Byrds debut single “Mr. Tambourine Man” peaks to No.1 on the Hot 100

Released on April 12, 1965, “Mr. Tambourine Man”, written and originally recorded by Bob Dylan also in 1965, was the debut single for The Byrds, the Californian Psychedelic-Folk Rock band. Featured on their album of the same name “Mr. Tambourine Man”, it initiated the folk rock boom of 1965 and 1966, with many acts imitating the band’s hybrid of rock beat, jangly guitar, and poetic or socially conscious lyrics. This new Rock subgenre was created during an attempt to make “Mr. Tambourine Man” sounding more like The Beatles. The band gave the song a full, electric rock band treatment, playing it in a different key from Dylan’s original which resulted perfectly. Upon hearing The Byrds version of his song, Dylan was impressed, enthusiastically commenting, “Wow, you can dance to that!” His endorsement erased any lingering doubts the band had about it. The single reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 26, 1965, and remains the most popular version of the song. The impact of it, can be heard on bands influenced by The Byrds, including The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Mamas & the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, and Love.

Look back at The Byrds performing “Mr. Tambourine Man” in 1965

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