Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You
Bob Dylan’s self-titled 1st studio album was recorded in late November, 1961 and released on March 19th, 1962. In ’63 Peter, Paul & Mary had a giant hit with Bob’s “Blowing In The Wind” (#2 Billboard). Between ’62 and ’65 he had issued 5 additional albums. On April 12th, ’65 The Byrds released their version of Dylan”s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” which eventually reached #1 on the US charts. Dylan’s own “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” his 1st charting single, had peaked at #39 on April 3rd. Up to that point, the former Robert Zimmerman, from Hibbing, Minnesota, had not done a national concert tour. Then, in the spring of ’65 he found himself in The Jet City for his 1st Seattle concert performance in a venue located a few blocks from the city’s iconic Space Needle. Within exactly 3 months from this performance, “Like A Rolling Stone” peaked at #2 nationally and by October 2nd “Positively 4th Street” was a top 10 hit.
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
To confound matters even further, as far back as 1869 the label “The Queen City” (shortened from The Queen City of The Pacific Northwest) was sporadically used after it was coined by real estate agents. In the end, Charlotte, North Carolina adopted the Queen City moniker. However, both pet names (The Jet City & The Queen City) continued to hang around Seattle for many years, being adopted by and incorporated as the names of many local businesses.
So it was, when Bob Dylan and Joan Baez came to town for their concert in 1965 they definitely arrived in The Jet City. In fact, it was exactly one month to the day before Bob Dylan turned 24, on the 24th of May. Joan Baez had just had her 24th birthday four months earlier, on January 9th. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say Bob and Joan were just a couple of kids comin’ to town! The two folkies had performed together at The Queen Elizabeth Theater in Vancouver, British Columbia just two weeks earlier … on Friday April 9th.
Ain’t That Just Like A Woman
Mr. Tambourine Man
By 1965 Joan Baez was a seasoned performer. She had made her 1st concert appearance in 1958 at The Club 47 in Cambridge, MA. when she was only 17. As a complete professional, she was familiar with the art of involving her audience in her on stage performances.
Rainy Day Woman
On A Night Like This
Most Likely You Go Your Way & I’ll Go Mine
The Times They Are A-Changin’
7 thoughts on “The Jet City & Bob Dylan ~ 1965”
Jay….interesting background. I saw Baez up at Western several years after. And I saw Dylan when he was at the Hec Ed Pavillion mid to late 70s.
Steven~ That Bob Dylan Hec Ed concert was Nov. 10, 1978. He was in Portland on the 9th & Vancouver on the 11th. It was part of his year-long, 114 show, World Tour. He put together an 8-piece band, plus 3 backup singers for the tour and his concert set list that night included many of the tunes he,d done in The Jet City in 1965. The World Tour grossed more than $20 million. Dylan acknowledged he had some debts to pay off after “a couple of bad years”. He’d invested in a movie, built a big house & “it cost a lot to get divorced in California!” It was on this tour that Dylan temporarily found Jesus and temporarily became a born again Christian. – Patrick MacDonald, Seattle Times music critic, wrote an extremely interesting article following that 1978 concert. Here’s a link:
Tried numerous times to post the correct link to this comment post & for some reason it gets changed to an incorrect link sequence each time I try entering it with “Post Comment”. Sorry folks! It really is an interesting article.
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Jay….I do not know just why that was doing that…but I fixed it.
Steven, I don’t want to get too “mushy” here and have it go to your head, but you are a real wizard at what you are capable of doing. Thanks.
I see that one of the record industries most prominent recording engineers Al Schmitt died Monday at 91. One of his more current projects was the newest Bob Dylan album. Al is a 20 time Grammy winner. Worked with everyone from Neil Young to Paul McCartney to Henry Mancini, Frank Sinatra, and Ray Charles. Here’s a link to a fairly recent interview with Al, who discusses the Dylan album and other projects: