Bob Dylan: Jet Pilot (1965)

 |   |  <1 min read

Bob Dylan: Jet Pilot (1965)

Although things would come to a literal grinding halt in mid '66 when he was tumbled from his motorcycle -- and he used the break to recover from emotional exhaustion after his lightspeed career of the previous four years -- in '65 Bob Dylan was still enjoying his position as the man who was taking folk and smart words into rock.

During the sessions for what would become the Highway 61 Revisited album, he knocked off this little thing in the studio. Just a throwaway but kinda witty . . . and which lead to a whole other thing entirely.

Al Kooper explains: "The songs changed all the time. We would try different tempos, he would try other words. Most of the songs had different titles. It was a long time, for example, before I realised It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train to Cry was not called Phantom Engineer".

And this fragment -- which was on the Biograph box set of '85, the first box set in rock -- was the original version of the very different Tombstone Blues.

For more one-offs, oddities and songs with an interesting backstory get the regular updates From the Vaults by using the RSS feed. And there is a lot of Bob Dylan at Elsewhere, start here.

Share It

Your Comments

Music of Bob Dylan - Aug 14, 2020

We are actively promoting a link to this interesting topic on The Bob Dylan Project at:
https://thebobdylanproject.com/Song/id/327/Jet-Pilot

If you are interested, we are a portal to all the great information related to this topic.

Join us inside Bob Dylan Music Box.

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Paul McCartney: Check My Machine (1980)

Paul McCartney: Check My Machine (1980)

In the Seventies Paul McCartney enjoyed a remarkable revival of fortunes -- at the start of the decade the Beatles broke up, he released a couple of feet-finding solo albums, got the band Wings... > Read more

The Merrymen: Saigon Girls (late Sixties/exact date unknown)

The Merrymen: Saigon Girls (late Sixties/exact date unknown)

Anyone who has watched Armed Forces television broadcast to American military personnel abroad -- often conclaves of very young men and women on bases which are like gated communities with all the... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE NEW SOUNDS OF AOTEAROA: The finalists for the Maioha Awards at the 2013 Apra Silver Scroll

THE NEW SOUNDS OF AOTEAROA: The finalists for the Maioha Awards at the 2013 Apra Silver Scroll

New Zealand's annual APRA Silver Scroll awards, held this year at Vector Arena in Auckland on Tuesday October 15, acknowledge the strength and diversity of New Zealand songwriters, but also include... > Read more

Various Artists: Mansfield (CYP/digital outlets)

Various Artists: Mansfield (CYP/digital outlets)

Anyone who endured Katherine Mansfield short stories in high school or is cynical about the growth industry of books, theses, research projects and such around this famous New Zealand author might... > Read more