Bob Dylan's '80s output doesn't get a lot of love, but he was plenty busy during the decade, and some of his best recordings from that era are getting the tribute treatment from a diverse array of younger artists.
Two men steeped in the traditions of American music, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, had a friendship that lasted nearly 40 years. But they only recorded together on one occasion, a two-day session that began on Feb. 17, 1969.
Recorded on Valentine's Day 1969, and released that summer, 'Lay Lady Lay' became one of Bob Dylan's biggest hits, checking in at No. 7 on the Billboard charts, and hitting No. 5 in the U.K. Aside from the warm and inviting melody, and
Bob Dylan wasn't exactly at the peak of his career when he released 'Dylan & the Dead,' a collaborative live album with the Grateful Dead, on Feb. 6, 1989. In fact, he was pretty close to the bottom of his popularity, influence and creativity. And another live album -- his third in 10 years -- certainly didn't help matters.
We all knew that Bob Dylan's music would appear in two Super Bowl commercials this year, but what we didn't know was how strongly -- and clearly -- he would verbally testify on behalf of the American auto industry in one of them.
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