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“He Didn’t Say ‘No'” – Bio

Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman)
Born May 24, 1941
American poetic songwriter, singer, painter, writer, Nobel prize laureate.

“He Didn’t Say ‘No'” –

Dylan says ‘Turn the organ up’ and Wilson replies ‘But he’s not an organ player’ Dylan says, ‘I don’t care: turn it up’

“He Didn’t Say ‘No'” – “Like A Rolling Stone” – Recording

During a difficult two-day preproduction, Dylan struggled to find the essence of the song, which was demoed without success in 3/4 time.

A breakthrough was made when it was tried in a rock music format, and rookie session musician Al Kooper improvised the organ riff for which the track is known.

They started playing it back … after about a verse or two, Bob said to Tom Wilson and says “Hey turn the organ up” … and Tom Wilson said to Bob, “aw man that guy (AL Cooper) is not an organ player, he’s just … and Bob said, “I don’t care, just turn the organ up!” …

“He Didn’t Say ‘No'” – “Like A Rolling Stone” – #1

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“Like a Rolling Stone” is a 1965 song by the American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Its confrontational lyrics originated in an extended piece of verse Dylan wrote in June 1965, when he returned exhausted from a grueling tour of England.

Dylan distilled this draft into four verses and a chorus. “Like a Rolling Stone” was recorded a few weeks later as part of the sessions for the forthcoming album Highway 61 Revisited.

According to review aggregator Acclaimed Music, “Like a Rolling Stone” is the statistically most acclaimed song of all time.

Rolling Stone magazine listed the song at number 1 in their “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list.


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