Skeleton Keys

Bob Dylan 1966

 

by

 

Olof Björner

 

A summary of recording & concert activities,

releases, tapes & books.

 

 

 

 

© 2000 by Olof Björner

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CONTENTS:

 

 

1      INTRODUCTION

2      THE YEAR AT A GLANCE

3      CALENDAR

4      THE 1966 WORLD TOUR

4.1       The musicians

4.2       The dates

4.3       The show

4.4       The live recordings

4.5       Interviews and press conferences

5      BLONDE ON BLONDE

5.1       The album

5.2       The recording sessions

5.3       The tracks

6      EAT THE DOCUMENT

7      SONGS 1966

8      SOURCES

9      SUGGESTED READINGS

9.1       General background

9.2       Books about 1966

9.3       Article compilations

9.4       Articles

 

 


1             INTRODUCTION

The year many regard as Bob Dylan's best, with the famous World Tour spanning North America, Australia and Europe and the recording of one of the best rock albums ever, BLONDE ON BLONDE. In July Bob Dylan falls off his motorcycle while riding around Albert Grossman's estate in Woodstock. Dylan and is hospitalized. All concert and radio/TV engagements for the rest of the year are first put forward, then cancelled. This marks the end of the surrealistic rock’n’roll phase. Dylan will reappear mote than a year later a very changed man and performer.

 

2             THE YEAR AT A GLANCE

 

 

 

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3             CALENDAR

 

26 January

Dylan appears in the early morning talk show of Bob Fass, participating in a two hour long phone-in.

February

Release of the single One Of Us Most Know/Queen Jane Approximately

4 February

The North American tour continues with a show in Louisville, Kentucky.

14–17 February

Recording for BLONDE ON BLONDE is resumed in Nashville with local studio musicians.

8–9 March

Last BLONDE ON BLONDE sessions in Nashville, Tennessee.

12 March

Robert Shelton interviews Dylan on a flight between Lincoln, Nebraska and Denver, Colorado. The interview is published twenty years later in Shelton's book "No Direction Home".

25 March

The acoustic half at the show in Center Arena, Seattle, Washington, includes a version of Oxford Town. It is preceded by Bob telling the lighting guy to put a spotlight on a certain heckler, then he dedicates the song to the guy, who remains in the spotlight while Bob sings the song. 

26 March

Last concert in North America for almost eight years in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

April

Release of the single Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35/ Pledging My Time. In the US this stays 10 weeks on the charts, peaking as #2. In England it reaches #7 at best.

13 April

The World Tour proper starts with a show at the Sydney Stadium in Sydney, Australia. This show ends with Positively 4th Street, instead of Like A Rolling Stone.

21 April

Parts of the press conference at the Adelaide airport is broadcast at the local radio.

28 April

Press conference in Stockholm and interview by Klas Burling are broadcast by Swedish radio.

16 May

Release of BLONDE ON BLONDE.

17 May

The show at Free Trade Hall in Manchester is recorded on 3-track for a possible later live recording. It is later widely bootlegged as the “Royal Albert Hall” concert. The heckler shouting ‘Judas’ and the famous response ‘You’re a liar’ is probably the most famous artist – audience interaction in rock ‘n’ roll. The entire concert is eventually officially released in The Bootleg Series by Sony Music in 1999.

24 May

The show at Dylan's 25th birthday at the Olympia in Paris is recorded to be broadcast on French radio on May 29. At the last minute the broadcast is vetoed by Dylan.

27 May

Royal Albert Hall, London. This turns out to be the last  show of the 1966 World Tour and the last Bob Dylan concert until the “come-back” with The Band in January 1974.

April-May

The European leg of the World Tour is again filmed by  D.A. Pennebaker. It is later edited by Bob Dylan and Howard Alk. The premiere is delayed until February 8, 1971.

Late May

Vacation in Spain with Sara.

June

Release of single I Want You/Just Like Tom Thum's Blues, the B-side being a live version from Liverpool, 14 May. 1966.

Early Summer

Birth of first son, Jesse Byron.

July 29

While riding around Albert Grossman's estate in Woodstock, Dylan falls off his motorcycle and is hospitalized. All concert and radio/TV engagements for the rest of the year are first put forward, then cancelled.

August

Release of single Just Like A Woman/Obviously Five Believers.

 

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4             THE 1966 WORLD TOUR

4.1       The musicians

 

During the first part of the tour in North America the band consisted of:

 

Robbie Robbertson (guitar),

Garth Hudson (organ),

Richard Manuel (piano),

Rick Danko (bass),

Sandy Konikoff (drums).

 

When the tour continued in Hawaii in April, Sandy Konikoff was replaced by Mickey Jones.

 

4.2       The dates

 

J means there is a recording this show or parts of it

 

February

 

 

 

 

 

4

Louisville, Kentucky

 

 

 

5

White Plains, New York

Westchester County Center

J

 

6

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Syria Mosque

J

 

10

Memphis, Tennesee

Ellis Auditorium Amphitheater

 

 

11

Richmond, Virginia

Richmond Shrine Mosque

 

 

12

Norfolk, Virginia

Arena

 

 

18

New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven Arena

 

 

19

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Auditorium,

 

 

20

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Place des Arts

 

 

??

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

PNE Agrodome

 

 

24

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Academy Of Music

 

 

25

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Academy Of Music

 

 

26

Hampstead, New York

Island Gardens

J

March

 

 

 

 

 

3

Miami Beach, Florida

Convention Hall

 

 

5

Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville Coliseum

 

 

11

St Louis, Missouri

Kiel Opera House

 

 

12

Lincoln, Nebraska

Persching Memorial Auditorium

 

 

13

Denver, Colorado

 

 

 

??

Los Angeles, California

 

 

 

??

Santa Monica, California

 

 

 

24

Tacoma, Washington

 

 

 

25

Seattle, Washington

Center Arena

 

 

26

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

PNE Agrodome

 

April

 

 

 

 

 

  9

Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu International Center

 

 

13

Sydney, Australia

Sydney Stadium

J

 

15

Brisbane, Australia

Festival Hall

 

 

16

Sydney, Australia

Sydney Stadium

 

 

19

Melbourne, Australia

Festival Hall

J

 

20

Melbourne, Australia

Festival Hall

J

 

22

Adelaide, Australia

Palais Royal

 

 

23

Perth, Australia

Capitol Theatre

 

 

29

Stockholm, Sweden

Konserthuset,

J

May

 

 

 

 

 

1

Copenhagen, Denmark

KB-Hallen

 

 

2

Dublin, Ireland

Adelphi Theatre

J

 

6

Belfast, Northern Ireland

ABC

J

 

10

Bristol, England

Colston Hall

J

 

11

Cardiff, Wales

Capitol Theatre

 

 

12

Birmingham, England

Odeon

 

 

14

Liverpool, England

Odeon

J

 

15

Leicester, England

De Montfort Hall

 

 

16

Sheffield, England

Gaumont Theatre

 

 

17

Manchester, England

Free Trade Hall

J

 

19

Glasgow, Scotland

Odeon

 

 

20

Edinburgh, Scotland

ABC Theatre

J

 

21

Newcastle, England

Odeon

 

 

24

Paris, France

Olympia

 

 

26

London, England

Royal Albert Hall

J

 

27

London, England

Royal Albert Hall

J

 

Beskrivning: Beskrivning: Bob Dylan New Center Arena

 

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4.3       The show

As far as is known  the set always consisted of 7 songs with Bob Dylan on vocal guitar and harmonica. After a 15-minute intermission Dylan returned with his band and they performed 8 songs. There were no encores. The set list stayed pretty much the same at least from Australia and onwards.

 

4.4       The live recordings

 

 

 

February

April

May

 

 

 

5

6

26

13

20

29

1

5

6

10

12

14

15

16

17

19

20

26

27

She Belongs To Me

AC

1

1

1

1

1

1

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

1

1

 

1

1

1

To Ramona

AC

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visions Of Johanna

AC

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

X

 

3

 

 

3

3

3

 

3

3

3

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

AC

4

 

4

4

4

4

 

X

 

4

 

 

4

4

4

 

4

4

4

Desolation Row

AC

5

4

5

5

5

5

 

X

 

5

 

 

5

5

5

 

5

5

5

Love Minus Zero/No Limit

AC

6

5

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Tambourine Man

AC

7

6

7

7

7

 

 

X

 

7

 

 

7

7

7

 

7

7

7

Tell Me, Momma

 

8

 

8

8

8

 

X

 

 

8

 

X

8

8

8

1

8

8

8

I Don't Believe You

 

9

 

9

9

 

X

 

 

X

9

 

X

9

9

9

 

9

9

9

Positively 4th Street

 

 

X

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like A Rolling Stone

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

15

 

 

 

15

15

 

15

15

15

Fourth Time Around

AC

 

 

2

2

2

X

 

X

 

2

 

 

2

2

2

 

2

2

2

Baby Let Me Follow You Down

 

 

 

10

10

X

X

X

 

 

10

 

X

10

10

10

 

10

10

10

Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues

 

 

 

11

11

X

X

X

 

 

11

 

X

11

11

11

 

11

11

11

Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

 

 

 

12

12

 

X

 

 

 

12

 

X

 

12

12

 

12

12

12

One Too Many Mornings

 

 

 

13

13

 

X

X

 

 

13

 

 

 

13

13

 

13

13

13

Just Like A Woman

AC

 

 

 

6

6

 

 

X

 

6

 

 

6

6

6

 

6

6

6

Ballad Of A Thin Man

 

 

 

 

14

 

X

X

 

 

14

1

 

 

14

14

2

14

14

14

 

X denotes that the exact position in the show is not known. Entries in italics denotes “known but not in circulation”.

 

The audience tapes from this period are generally very poor. Only Pittsburgh, February 6 is listenable. The tape from Stockholm is very fragmentary. The guy who taped this concert only taped the beginning of most songs since he was afraid to run out of tape. The PA tapes are on the other hand very good and have been widely bootlegged through the years.

 

4.5       Interviews and press conferences

 

26 January

Bob Fass Show

WBAI Studios, New York City, New York

1243

20 February

Martin Bronstein Interview

Place Des Arts, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1290

April

Stan Profe interview

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

1340

21 April

Press conference

Roger Cardwell interview

Bob Francis interview

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

1350

28 April

Press conference

Klas Burling interview

Hotel Flamingo, Solna, Sweden

1370

1380

3 May

London press conference

Mayfair Hotel, London, England

1430

23 May

Press Conference

Hotel Georges V, Paris, France

 

 

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5             BLONDE ON BLONDE

5.1       The album

This double album was released May 16, 1966 and on CD first time April 1987 with several shorter mixings, later remixed and re-released in full length. Approximately 73 minutes.

 

Blonde On Blonde stayed 30 weeks on the US charts and peaked as #9. In England it reached #3 and stayed 10 weeks in the Top 10.

5.2       The recording sessions

 

Session #

Date

Location

1

5 October 1965

Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, New York

2

30 November 1965

Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, New York

3

21 January 1966

Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, New York

4

25 January 1966

Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, New York

5

27 January 1966

Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, New York

6

14 February 1966

Columbia Music Row Studios, Nashville, Tennessee

7

15–16 February 1966

Columbia Music Row Studios, Nashville, Tennessee

8

17 February 1966

Columbia Music Row Studios, Nashville, Tennessee

9

8 March 1966

Columbia Music Row Studios, Nashville, Tennessee

10

9–10 March 1966

Columbia Music Row Studios, Nashville, Tennessee

 


 

5.3       The tracks

 

Song

Session

Single

Official live

First known live

Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35

10

April 1966

Before The Flood

Isle Of Wight 31 August 1969

Pledging My Time

  9

April 1966

 

San Rafael April 1987

Visions Of Johanna

  6

 

Biograph

Pittsburgh 6 February 1966

One Of Us Must Know

  4

Early 1966

 

Wichita 19 May 1976

I Want You

10

June 1966

At Budokan

Dylan & The Dead

San Francisco 23 March 1975

Stuck Inside Of Mobile

  8

July  1966

Hard Rain

Pensacola 28 April, 1976

Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

10

 

 

Hempstead 26 February 1966

Just Like A Woman

  9

August 1966

Before The Flood

At Budokan

Bangla Desh

Hard To Handle

Melbourne  19 or 20 April 1966

Most Likely You Go Your Way

10

1967

Before The Flood

Chicago 3 January 1974

Temporary Like Achilles

10

 

 

Absolutely Sweet Marie

  9

 

 

Concord 7 June 1988

Fourth Time Around

  6

 

 

Hempstead 26 February 1966

Obviously Five Believers

10

August 1966

 

Palm Desert 15 May, 1995

Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands

  7

 

 

 

Biograph - Royal Albert Hall, London, May 26, 1966

Bangla Desh - The benefit concert in Madison Square Garden, 1971.

Before The Flood - Tour with The Band, 1974.

Hard Rain - 2nd Rolling Thunder Revue, 1976.

At Budokan - Far East Leg of World Tour, 1978.

Hard To Handle - With Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers in Sydney, Febr. 1986.

Dylan & The Dead - Mini Tour with The Grateful Dead, July 1987.

 

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6             EAT THE DOCUMENT

Eat The Document was filmed in Europe April-May 1966 as a sequel to Don't Look Back. It as directed and filmed by D.A. Pennebaker and edited by Bob Dylan and Howard Alk two years later in the summer of 1968. Eat The Document premiered at the New York Academy Of Music, February 8, 1971. Eat The Document documents Dylan's tour of Europe back-stage, on stage and off stage. It is filmed in colour and runs approximately 52 minutes. It is yet not available as commercial home video.

Content:

Tell Me, Momma

KB-Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1 May

Baby, Let Me Follow You Down

KB-Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1 May

Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues

KB-Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1 May

One Too Many Mornings

KB-Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1 May

Ballad Of A Thin Man

KB-Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1 May

Like A Rolling Stone

KB-Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1 May

I Still Miss Someone

backstage Capitol Theatre, Cardiff, May 11

Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues

soundcheck, Free Trade Hall, Manchester, May 17

One Too Many Mornings

soundcheck, Free Trade Hall, Manchester, May 17

Ballad Of A Thin Man

soundcheck, Free Trade Hall, Manchester, May 17

What Kind Of Friend Is This

hotel room, Glasgow, Scotland, 18 May

When Will I Be Loved

hotel room, Glasgow, Scotland, 18 May

What Kind Of Friend Is This

hotel room, Glasgow, Scotland, 18 May

I Can't Leave Her Behind

hotel room, Glasgow, Scotland, 18 May

Tell Me, Momma

Glasgow, Scotland, 18 May

Ballad Of A Thin Man

Glasgow, Scotland, 18 May

I Don't Believe You

ABC Theatre, Edinburgh, May 20

 

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7             SONGS 1966

 

January

One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)

 

She's Your Lover Now  [1,2]

February

Fourth Time Around

 

Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

 

Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands

 

Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again

 

Tell Me, Momma  [2]

 

Visions Of Johanna

March  

Absolutely Sweet Marie

 

I Want You

 

Just Like A Woman

 

Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)

 

Obviously Five Believers

 

Pledging My Time

 

Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35

 

Most Probably van Gogh [5]

 

Don't Tell Him, Tell Me [5]

May  

I Can't Leave Her Behind  [3]

 

On A Rainy Afternoon  [3]

 

What Kind Of Friend Is This  [3,4]

                        

Notes

[1]  Two takes exist, one with The Hawks in December 1965 and the solo version from January 1966.

[2]  Covered by The Original Marauders on their album "Now Your Mouth Cries Wolf" - Pied Piper 1977.

[3]  Only version is in Eat The Document, not copyrighted until 1978.

[4]  May be an arrangement only, not an original song.

[5]  This song has not been copyrighted. It was performed in a hotel room in Denver, Colorado, 12–13 March 1966 together with Robbie Robertson and taped by Robert Shelton.


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8             SOURCES

 

Tim Dunn

I Just Write 'Em As They Come. An Annotated Guide to the Writings of Bob Dylan. A Not-A-Ces Publishing Venture 1990

Glen Dundas

Tangled Up In Tapes — 4th Edition

A Recording History of Bob Dylan

SMA Services, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada 1999. Softcover 334 pages.

John Baldwin

The fiddler now upspoke, Volumes 1–5

A collection of Bob Dylan interviews and press conferences.

Desolation Row Promotions, 1995.

Clinton Heylin

A Life In Stolen Moments.

Bob Dylan Day By Day 1941-1995.

Schirmer Books 1996, 404 pages.

Clinton Heylin

Bob Dylan, The Recording Sessions 1960-1994

St. Martin's Press, 1995, 233 pages.

Michael Krogsgaard

Positively Bob Dylan

A Thirty-Year Discography, Concert & Record Session Guide 1960-1991.

Popular Culture, Ink. 1991. 500 pages

Michael Krogsgaard

Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions (Part 1).
The Telegraph #52, Summer 1995, pp. 128–129.

 

9             SUGGESTED READINGS

9.1       General background

Michael Gray

Song & Dance Man III. The Art Of Bob Dylan

Cassell 1999. Hardback 918 pages (!!)

Clinton Heylin

Behind The Shades. A Biography.

Summit Books 1991, 500 pages.

Anthony Scaduto

Bob Dylan. An intimate biography. New American Library 1973

Robert Shelton

No Direction Home. The Life and Music of Bob Dylan. New American Library 1986.

9.2       Books about 1966

John Bauldie

The Ghost Of Electricity. Bob Dylan's 1966 World Tour.
Wanted Man 1988

Lars Hols

Bob Dylan In Sweden.
Reports on Bob Dylan's concerts in Sweden 1966-1989.

Privately published booklet. 116 pages.

C. P. Lee

Like The Night
Bob Dylan and the road to the Manchester Free Trade Hall.

Helter Skelter Publishing 1998. Soft cover, 190 pages.

Alex Russell

Flagging Down The "Double E"- (Dylan, with allusions)

Richie Roberts, New York, 1983.

John Way

Hungry As A Raccoon (Bob Dylan Talks to his Fans and other Strangers)

1993

Transcripts of the WBAI radio phone-ins, with notes exploring and analysing some of Dylan's responses.

9.3       Article compilations

 

Carl Benson (ed)

The Bob Dylan Companion — Four Decades of Commentary.

Schirmer Books, New York 1998. Softcover 306 pages.

Craig McGregor (ed)

Bob Dylan. A Retrospective.

William Morrow 1972

Elizabeth M. Thomson (ed)

Conclusions On The Wall. New Essays On Bob Dylan.

Thin Man 1980

Paul Williams

Watching The River Flow

Observations on Bob Dylan's Art-in-Progress, 1966-1995.

Omnibus Press 1996, 255 pages.

 

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9.4       Articles

Blonde On Blonde – review by Stephen Pickering in A Commemoration

Blonde On Blonde – The Record That Can’t Be Set Straight – by Roger Ford in The Bridge No. 2 (Winter 1998) and No. 3 (Spring 1999).

Copenhagen Press Conference May 1966 in Occasionally #2

Eat The Document – article in Endless Road #5

Eat The Document: A Second Helping – article in Endless Road #6

Eat The Document: Another Piece In The Jigsaw – by Graham Ashton in Endless Road #7

Eye To EyeA Conversation With D.A. Pennebaker – in The Telegraph #26

Freeze-Out, Visions Of Johanna And The Nightingale's Code – by Clinton Heylin in The Telegraph #16

God Bless America – by Paul Williams in his book Outlaw Blues

London Press Conference May 1966 – in Occasionally #2

Lovers Emotions: An Analysis of Visions Of Johanna – in Talkin' Bob Zimmerman Blues #4

Paris Press Conference, 1966 – in Positively Tie Dream

Stockholm Press Conference 1966 – in Endless Road #2

Tarantula – a perspective – by Elia Katz in Praxis: One

Tarantula: A Question Of Interpreting – by Stephen Pickering in A Commemoration

Temporary Like Achilles – by Nick de Somogyi in The Telegraph #27

The 1966 Line Recordings – by Clinton Heylin in The Telegraph #25

The D.A. Pennebaker Interview – in The Telegraph #16

The Original 1966 Playboy Interview – in Whaaaat?

Understanding Dylan – by Paul Williams in his book Outlaw Blues

Unreleased Tarantula – Released! – by Stephen Pickering in Talkin' Bob Zimmerman Blues #5

Visions Of Johanna – by Nigel Hinton in The Telegraph #9

Visions Of Johanna: Dylan's Romantic Dilemma – by Louis Morgan in A Commemoration

 

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