Bob Dylan ‘Late Night With David Letterman’ Rehearsal In 1984


Back in May legendary musician Bob Dylan appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman as the final musical guest on the penultimate episode of the CBS late night talk show with David Letterman as host. Letterman put it best while introducing Dylan’s appearance on the second to last show, stating he told his son Harry, “the greatest songwriter of modern times is Bob Dylan.” While Dylan’s fitting performance of “The Night We Called It a Day” earlier this year was nothing short of memorable, this edition of Sunday Cinema looks back at a trip Dylan made to Late Night With David Letterman in March 1984.

On March 22, 1984 Dylan appeared on NBC’s Late Night as the evening’s musical guest. That night he performed Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Don’t Start Me Talkin’” as well as “Jokerman” and “License to Kill” from his 1983 LP Infidels. Backed by guitarist J.J. Holiday, bassist Tony Marsico and drummer Charlie Quintana, Bob prepared for the performance by rehearsing a number of songs on the studio stage.

In the video below Dylan, Holiday, Marsico and Quintana run through “I Once Knew a Man,” “Jokerman,” “License to Kill,” and “Treat Her Right” in advance of that evening’s live taping. The rehearsal footage is followed by the three-song performance on the program that night. Watch Bob Dylan’s full rehearsal and performance on Late Night With David Letterman in 1984 thanks to Don Giller:

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