July 20 – Mersey Beat, Like a Rolling Stone

1961

First issue of Mersey Beat magazine, (*) which chronicles the groups and venues of music known in the UK as Beat music, British beat, elsewhere called the ‘Mersey Sound’ or Merseybeat.

Imagine groups taking the stage at cinemas in intervals between the films; performing in coffee bars; strutting their acts at swimming baths; performing at ice rinks; learning their craft in almost every youth club, church hall, synagogue and village hall … no place in the world at that time had so many young groups performing virtually nightly in such a compact area. (*)

The music arises from bands from seaport Liverpool beside the River Mersey. The rhythm itself developed in clubs in Hamburg, Germany. The 1964 Gerry and the Pacemakers song Ferry Cross the Mersey gives you the feeling. Other bands which enjoyed hits in the Beat era include The Searchers, The Hollies, The Merseybeats, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Freddie and the Dreamers, The Zombies and many more.

 ( Website ▷Bill Harry history ▹ ▷Mersey Groups ▹ ▷The Chants (a vocals group the Beatles once backed) ▹

See also: British invasion

1965
 Hes a senior now, ya cant refuse 

US singer/songwriter Bob Dylan releases his sixth single Like a Rolling Stone.

It climbs to US#2, and appears on his US#3 album Highway 61 Revisited released August 30, 1965.

You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hanging out
Now you don’t talk so loud
Now you don’t seem so proud
About having to be scrounging your next meal
How does it feel, how does it feel?
To be on your own, without a home
Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone

Rolling Stone rates the song #1 on its 2010 500 greatest songs of all time list. (*)

Never Ending Tour

 

May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung. May your song always be sung, May you stay forever young.

According to the count maintained by Olof Bjorner’s Dylan web-site Still On The Road, Dylan played his 2000th show of the Never Ending Tour on October 16, 2007, in Dayton, Ohio.

This is the best band I’ve ever been in, I’ve ever had, man for man. When you play with guys a hundred times a year, you know what you can and can’t do, what they’re good at, whether you want ’em there. It takes a long time to find a band of individual players….

On this record (US#1 Modern Times) I didn’t have anybody to teach. I got guys now in my band, they can whip up anything, they surprise even me. —  (2006)

Adele singing 1997 Dylan song Make You Feel My Love 

 ( Dylan site  ( Dylan art site ▷Wikiquotes ▹
 ~ Bob Dylan 

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