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1964 – The Ballad of Hollis Brown

December 9th, 2018 · Posted by Skuds in Music · No Comments · Music

OK, so this might not be an obvious one. It isn’t one of Bob Dylan’s best-known songs and wasn’t even a single, but although I obviously wasn’t listening to this as a two-year-old I did listen to it a lot at quite a young age.

When I was growing up there were very few records in the house. There was some Johnny Cash, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan that I remember and later on there was some classical. At my Grandad’s there were some jazz and ragtime records I enjoyed although the only one I can remember the name of now is Pee Wee Hunt’s Twelfth Street Rag album. There were also kids’ records like Wally Whyton and Pinky & Perky.

For some reason, and despite a not very exciting cover, I kept coming back to The Times They Are a-Changin’ by Bob Dylan, especially the first three tracks on side one, so this song loomed larger in my early years than would be expected. Listening to it now I can’t think or remember why I liked it so much when I was so young. Its a powerful song, but hardly child-friendly. There are other 1964 songs I like better now, but none of them captured my imagination as early as this did.

Two other songs from the year stand out as songs I like a lot more (She’s Not There by the Zombies and You Really Got Me by the Kinks) but I came to them much later, almost certainly later than the 1960’s so I am sticking with Bob Dylan’s song because it actually meant something to me in the 60’s.

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