Today in Music History: Bob Dylan began recording "The Times They Are A-Changin"

Bob Dylan
The early days of Bob Dylan (Press photo)

History Highlight:

Today in 1963, Bob Dylan began recording "The Times They Are A-Changin" in a two-day session at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. It is one of Dylan's signature tunes - considered one of the greatest protest songs in history and a classic of 20th century popular music. The song was ranked No. 59 on Rolling Stone's 2004 list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song has been covered by many different artists, including Nina Simone, Josephine Baker, the Byrds, Peter, Paul and Mary, Tracy Chapman, Simon & Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, Joan Baez, Phil Collins, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and Burl Ives.

Today In:

1961 - Dion started a two-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Runaround Sue."

1962 - A 12-year-old named Little Stevie Wonder recorded his first single for Motown Records. It was called "Thank You For Loving Me All The Way."

1976 - The band Chicago started a two-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "If You Leave Me Now."

1978 - "Mother" Maybelle Carter, one of the founding members of the pioneering country-folk group The Carter Family (including June, who later wed Johnny Cash), died at the age of 69.

1982 - The Damned released their album titled Strawberries, packaged with a Strawberry-smelling lyric sheet.

1989 - Nirvana played their first-ever European show when they appeared at Newcastle's Riverside Club in the northeast of England.

1995 - Def Leppard gave themselves a place in the Guinness book Of World Records, by playing three gigs in three continents in 24 hours. The shows were in London, England; Vancouver, Canada; and Tangier, Morocco.

2002 - Kanye West was involved in a car crash after he fell asleep at the wheel while driving home from a recording studio in West Hollywood. No other cars were involved in the incident, which left West with his jaw fractured in three places.

2016 - Dead Or Alive lead singer Pete Burns died of a heart attack at age 57. Known for the 1985 hit "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)," Burns estimated that he had 300 plastic surgeries in his lifetime.


Freddie Marsden of Gerry And The Pacemakers was born today in 1940.

Greg Ridley of Spooky Tooth and a founder member of Humble Pie was born today in 1947.

Michael Burston of Motorhead was born on this day in 1949.

Roberto Trujillo of Suicidal Tendencies is 65.

Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 64.

Alfred Matthew Yankovic, better known as "Weird Al" is 61.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts and Wikipedia.

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