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Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

Jack Elliott

Ramblin' Jack Elliott is one of folk music's most enduring characters. Since he first came on the scene in the late '50s, Elliott influenced everyone from Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger to the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead.

The son of a New York doctor and a onetime traveling companion of Woody Guthrie, Elliott used his self-made cowboy image to bring his love of folk music to one generation after another. Despite the countless miles that Elliott traveled, his nickname is derived from his unique verbiage: an innocent question often led to a mosaic of stories before he got to the answer. According to folk songstress Odetta, it was her mother who gave Elliott the name when she remarked, "Oh, that Jack Elliott, he sure can ramble."

After living in Europe for six years, Elliott returned to the United States in 1961. The day after he returned, he visited Guthrie in the hospital and was introduced to Bob Dylan. (In the mid-'70s, Elliott joined Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue and was featured in Dylan's film Renaldo and Clara.) Before long, he renewed his friendship with Guthrie, and ended up staying with him, his wife Marjorie Guthrie, and their children for a year. Elliott was an influence on folksinger Pete Seeger. During an early-'60s tour of England and Scotland with Seeger and the Weavers, he inspired Seeger with his tales of sailing ships. Among the many other musicians Elliott befriended was Jerry Garcia. Elliott often performed opening sets for Garcia's bands and occasionally sat in with the Grateful Dead.

 
Best of The Vanguard Years

Best of The Vanguard Years

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

2000 CD previously unreleased studio recording (1964?)

The Essential Ramblin' Jack Elliott

The Essential Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

1993 CD recorded live at Town Hall, NYC  4/30/1965

 

 

Young Brigham

Young Brigham

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

1968 US LP, 2001 CD

Bull Durham Sacks & Railroad Tracks

Bull Durham Sacks & Railroad Tracks

I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (partial)
Lay, Lady, Lay
Girl Of The North Country
With God On Our Side

1970 US LP, 2001 CD

Me & Bobby McGee

Me & Bobby McGee

I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (partial)
Lay, Lady, Lay
With God On Our Side

1995 CD compilation, same tracks as on "Bull Durham..."

Kerouac's Last Dream

Kerouac's Last Dream

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
I Threw It All Away

bonus tracks - both outtakes recorded in W.Germany,  4/24+25/1980
1997 CD reissue

Legends of Folk

Legends of Folk

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

Recorded live at World Theater, 1989
1992 CD

Various Artists- A Nod to Bob. An artist tribute to Bob Dylan on his 60th birthday.

Various Artists- A Nod to Bob. An artist tribute to Bob Dylan on his 60th birthday.

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

Recorded live at World Theater, 1989
2001 US CD

The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack [soundtrack]

The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack [soundtrack]

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

Recorded live at The Bottom Line, NYC 1998
2000 CD

Friends Of Mine

Friends Of Mine

Walls Of Red Wing

1998 CD

The Long Ride

The Long Ride

With God On Our Side

New recording, 1999 CD

I'm Not There [Original Soundtrack]

I'm Not There [Original Soundtrack]

Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues

2007 CD

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