Thursday, 24 July 2014

Stars On 45RPM: The Byrds - Mr Tambourine Man / I Knew I'd Want You (CBS, 1965)

Written by Bob Dylan and performed with a jangly guitar sound inspired by The Searchers, The Byrds Mr Tambourine Man topped the UK charts on July 24, 1965 taking over the number one position from The Hollies I'm Alive.

Although The Byrds sound may have been inspired, it would soon develop and blossom with other folk rock tunes including Turn, Turn, Turn and The Bells of Rhymney.

This would be the first hit single for the Los Angeles originated band comprising of Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, Michael Clark and Chris Hillman. The B-Side of Mr Tambourine Man was a Gene Clark composed number I Knew I'd Want You.

40 years on, Byrds front man Roger McGuinn is still touring and will be revisiting Byrds classics as well as material from his own back catalogue this autumn. For more news on Roger and his current work visit his official website.

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