Happy Birthday Bob Dylan: 7 Standout Collaborations

Legendary musician Bob Dylan today marks his 76th birthday. The man born Robert Zimmerman in 1946 in Duluth, Minnesota and raised in nearby Hibbing was last year given the prestigious honor of the Nobel Prize In Literature in recognition of his groundbreaking career as the world’s preeminent singer-songwriter.

Since making his debut in the early-1960s folk scene, Dylan has consistently worked with a diverse roster of artists, collaborating often in the studio and live on stage. Below is a set of seven video clips featuring Dylan performing with a roster of incredibly talented fellow musicians, beginning with a Joan Baez duet at the Peace Sunday concert at the Rose Bowl in 1982. The formerly romantically involved couple performed “With God On Our Side,” Jimmy Buffett’s “A Pirate Looks At Forty” and “Blowin’ In The Wind.” Watch them performing here via Carlos Meireles:

The Band are perhaps Dylan’s best-known collaborators. The outfit that backed him on stage and in the studio during his transition from an acoustic folky to a full blown rock ‘n’ roll star, later emerged as legendary pioneers of Americana after setting out on their own. Here’s “Baby Let Me Follow You Down” from the historic Last Waltz concert in 1976:

Another well-known supporting band that backed Dylan on tour is the Grateful Dead. The Dylan & The Dead 1987 Summer Tour featured the pair of iconic acts sharing stadia stages across the country. Check out Bob leading Bobby and Jerry on “Slow Train Coming” from the July 12, 1987 show via LoloYodel:

Back in 1992 an all-star concert was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City in celebration of Dylan’s 30 years as a recording artist. Backed by a house band made up of Booker T. and the MG’s, Dylan graced the MSG stage with the likes of George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Tom Petty and Roger McGuinn. See them all performing “My Back Pages” below:

Dylan teamed with Harrison, Petty, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne to form the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. With accomplished drummer Jim Keltner behind the kit, below is the official music video for “Handle With Care”:

In 1999 Paul Simon embarked on a co-headlining tour with Dylan that saw the two beloved songwriters regularly collaborating. The clip below comes from the June 6 concert at World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Paul plays electric guitar and Bob plays acoustic and harmonica on a rendition of the Simon & Garfunkel favorite “The Sound Of Silence.” Watch the footage posted by Elston Gunn:

The last of the collaborations being presented took place during an Americanarama Tour stop in Hoboken, New Jersey on July 26, 2013. Dylan was joined by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, The J. Geils Band’s Peter Wolf and others. Watch them trade verses on The Band’s classic “The Weight” captured by soundstreamNYC:

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