When Bob Dylan Walked The Line With Johnny Cash

02/17/2011
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On this day in 1969, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash recorded duets for Dylan's Nashville Skyline album at CBS Studios in Nashville. "Girl from the North Country" would appear on the album. Gibson takes a look back: When Bob Dylan's music career was in its infancy, Johnny Cash was one of his most ardent and vocal supporters. At the time, he was probably Dylan's most famous fan, coming from the world of country music and not the folk scene.

When The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan was released in 1963, the country music legend heard it and became enthralled by Dylan's songwriting. He wrote Bob a fellow Columbia recording artist to tell him how much he loved the record. A grateful Dylan wrote back, telling Cash how he had grown up on his music. The pen pals soon would become good friends.

They met a year later at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival, where they were each on the bill. After their sets, Dylan hung out with Cash at his hotel room, with June Carter Cash, Joan Baez and Jack Elliot. As a sign of admiration, Cash gave Dylan his acoustic guitar. more on this story

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