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Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull

Marian Evelyn Faithfull was born on December 29, 1946. For over five decades, Marianne Faithfull, despite personal ups and downs, has been a successful singer, songwriter, actress, and author.

While she is most closely associated with The Rolling Stones, Faithfull has also been friends with Bob Dylan since the mid-1960s, and hung out with him at in his hotel room during the U.K. tours of 1965 and 1966. Faithfull has also covered several Bob Dylan songs, including "Blowin' In The Wind", "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight", "I'll Keep It With Mine", "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry", "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue ", "Visions Of Johanna", and "Gotta Serve Somebody".

In her autobiography Faithfull, she described Dylan as "nothing less than the hippest person on earth. The zeitgeist streamed through him like electricity . . . (he) stared at me for so long I thought I was going to melt."

Marianne appeared in the 1965 U.K. tour documentary, Dont Look Back. She can be seen at approximately 31 minutes in, sitting in a chair while Joan Baez sang and Bob Dylan typed.

From the commentary by Bob Neuwirth : "There's Marianne Faithfull, wondering about her husband John (Dunbar) who was pacing outside, nervously. Do you remember . . . we went to an Indian restaurant, and Bob sat at one end, and (Marianne) sat on the other. Bob was, kinda, obviously, the master, the head of the table . . and she was telling about her first big hit, she then said, 'Well I had this hit, then I got pregnant'. Then Joan said, get pregnant, and you fall right off the charts'."

Here's Faithfull's recollection of an early encounter: "It's true what they say: You regret the things you don't do the most. Apparently Bob Dylan spent days and days writing a poem for me in 1964 and I think it was understood in his circle that I would go to bed with him. I mean, I presume that's the intention when you're a very pretty girl and you go to a big star's bedroom, isn't it? But I didn't realize this at the time because I was just a silly teenager and it was all a bit much.

"I very much wanted to go to bed with him, but I was pregnant and about to get married (to her first husband John Dunbar) at the time. I told him all this and he was furious and ripped the poem up in front of me. We are still very fond of each other and still talk about that night. I'll always say to him, 'But Bob, I was only 17' and he always says, 'Yeah, but I was only 22 myself!' "The saddest thing for me was not that we didn't go to bed together," Faithfull wrote in her autobiography, "but that I never got to see than poem."

Faithfull also witnessed other pivotal events, including Dylan cutting up an newspaper in front of a reported to explain how he wrote Tarantula, and walking out of a room when Paul McCartney played an experimental track from the upcoming Beatles album, Revolver.

Marianne got a hold of the Basement Tapes demos in 1967 or '68, and, according to an article in Mojo magazine, played them for her boyfriend, Mick Jagger. These recordings helped influence the direction of the Stones from the dead-end of psychedelia to the "golden age" of the Stones, starting with "Jumping Jack Flash" and Beggar's Banquet, on through Exile On Main Street.

The above was gratefully copied from: Bob Dylan and Marianne Faithfull throughout the years.

This Little Bird

This Little Bird

This Little Bird

1970 compilation - Dutch issue LP shown

Come My Way

Come My Way

Come My Way

bonus track on UK CD

Rich Kid Blues

Rich Kid Blues

Visions Of Johanna
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

recorded 1970,  first released 1984

This Little Bird

This Little Bird

This Little Bird

1993 compilation - Dutch CD

Rich Kid Blues

Rich Kid Blues

Visions Of Johanna
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

recorded 1970,  first released 1984

Rich Kid Blues

Rich Kid Blues

Visions Of Johanna
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

recorded 1970,  first released 1984

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

Visions Of Johanna
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

The NEMS Years Vol. 1...(recorded 1970,  released 1999 - Germany)
Another reissue of the “Rich Kid Blues” tracks.  Obviously the one to have!

Faithless

Faithless

I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

1978

Strange Weather

Strange Weather

I'll Keep It With Mine

1987

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra  Small World Big Band Vol.2 - More Friends

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra Small World Big Band Vol.2 - More Friends

Gotta Serve Somebody (as  You Got To Serve Somebody)

2002

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