Sunday, April 16, 2017

Bruce Langhorne, R. I. P.

Dylan's 'Tambourine Man' Is Dead at 78: (NEWSER) – "In the jingle jangle morning, I'll come following you." Plenty of people could identify that as a line from Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," but how many know the man who inspired the song? As it turns out, his name was Bruce Langhorne, and the highly regarded session guitarist has just died at age 78, reports the AP. Langhorne collaborated often with Dylan, perhaps most notably on Dylan's 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home, and the New York Times calls him a pivotal figure in helping turn folk music into folk-rock music. Dylan once explained that he was inspired to write "Tambourine Man" after seeing Langhorne show up for a recording session in 1964 with a large Turkish drum adorned with bells. 

Hat tip to Deb.

1 comment:

Don Coffin said...

I first heard his playing on a Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem album(he played guitar & Pete Seeger played banjo). Here's his Wikipedia page, which includes the somewhat amazing fact that he lost 3 fingers on his right hand "as a child."