John Lennon released “Imagine” 48 Years Ago Today – Here are cover versions by Neil Young, David Bowie, Elton John and more


Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today (ah ah ah)

Imagine” (released October 11, 1971) is a song co-written and performed by English musician John Lennon. The best-selling single of his solo career, its lyrics encourage the listener to imagine a world at peace without the barriers of borders or the divisions of religion and nationality and to consider the possibility that the whole of humanity would live unattached to material possessions. Shortly before his death, Lennon said that much of the song’s “lyric and content” came from his wife¬†Yoko Ono, and in 2017, she received a co-writing credit.

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January 9: Joan Baez was born in 1941 – here singing Bob Dylan songs

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Joan Baez has recorded many Dylan songs. Her unique and beautiful voice carries some of them to different places. For many Dylan enthusiasts, Joan Baez’s interpretations are the only tolerable ones, besides Dylan’s own¬†ūüôā

Baez first met Dylan in 1961 at Gerde’s Folk City in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

Here are my chosen 5:

Farewell Angelina:

Check out this full post about the song.

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Classic concert: Bob Dylan Hard Rain TV Broadcast Video (May 23rd, 1976)

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In pouring rain, Dylan plays the open air Hughes Stadium at Colorado State¬†University in Fort Collins. He has elected to film this show to replace the¬†aborted TV special from Clearwater. In the longest set of the tour, there are¬†several highlights, not all appearing in the TV special. …¬†Included in the TV special, although in a most peculiar order, are second¬†encore “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” the entire Dylan/Baez set (“Blowin’¬†in the Wind,” “Railroad Boy,” “Deportees,” and “I Pity the Poor Immigrant”);¬†three songs from the first set (“Maggie’s Farm,” “One Too Many¬†Mornings,” and “Mozambique”); and three from the last set (two tremendously¬†powerful readings of songs from Blood on the Tracks, “Idiot Wind”¬†and “Shelter from the Storm” and a faded “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”).¬†Despite the storm clouds raging, the crowd appears to be very enthusiastic,¬†even singing “Happy Birthday” for Dylan before the second encore.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Dylan appeared on the September 11-17, 1976 issue of TV Guide and consented to a rare interview with the magazine to promote his first network television special.

Four of the eleven (ten in the video below) performances heard in the television broadcast (“Maggie’s Farm”, “One Too Many Mornings”, “Shelter from the Storm”, and “Idiot Wind”) were included on the nine track album of the same name released by Columbia records ten days before the special aired.

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