In the jingle-jangle morning

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

June 26

The Byrds Tambourine1965: The Byrds hit #1 with a cover of Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man. Of course they shorten the lengthy song so their version is suitable for AM radio play. Some of Dylan’s greatest work gets scant AM exposure because he never pays attention to the three-minute rule. Not to say The Byrds’ version is bad by any means. Roger McGuinn’s 12-string guitar and cool voice give it an engaging lilt and, even with some verses chopped out, it’s a great song — the start of the folk-rock era. It is said that The Byrds’ version of the song convinced Dylan to go electric.

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