March 19 – First Dylan album, Dolby Blinded Me with Science


Release of Minnesota-raised folk-music singer Bob Dylan‘s eponymous debut album.

The album is produced by Columbia talent scout John H. Hammond, who signed Dylan. Hammond’s son, musician John P. Hammond, had recommended Dylan as a session player. (He would also recommend The Band to Dylan.)

The album receives little attention. Only a few of the tracks are written by Dylan, among them Talkin’ New York and Song to Woody.

▷SF:List of Dylan songs▹


Golden Age of Wireless. Released 5 times.

British keyboardist, synthpop pioneer Thomas Dolby (Robertson)’s She Blinded Me With Science hits the charts on its way to US#5, CA#1. ▷Songfacts▹

The new wave tune appears on the later releases of his 1982 album The Golden Age of Wireless, paid for with money he earned doing the intro for Foreigner‘s 1981 US#2 hit Waiting for a Girl Like You (from the album 4).

He also played on Def Leppard‘s Pyromania. Subsequently he developed Beatnik software (*) (*) (*); its digital synthesizer produces the ringtones in over 3 billion Nokia phones.

▷SF:Dolby interview▹   MP3: Word podcast 185 (Sep. 2011)

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