And I'd felt very strongly about Bob when I'd been in India years before-- the only record I took with me along with all my Indian records was 'Blonde On Blonde.' I felt somehow very close to him or something, you know, because he was so great, so heavy and so observant about everything
George Harrison, Crawdaddy, February 1977.
Bob Dylan and Harrison were friends for decades. They co-wrote songs and covered each other's material. Dylan collaborated with Harrison on many occasions: in the studio, on stage, and in Dylan's home.
Below is a list, courtesy of Olof:
- Late November 1968: The Home Of Bob Dylan, Woodstock, New York
- 1 May 1970: Columbia Studio B, New York City, New York
- 1 August 1971: Concert For Bangla Desh, Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
- 19 February 1987: Palomino, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California (Guest Appearance at a Taj Mahal concert).
- 17 October 1987: Wembley Arena, London, England
- 20 January 1988: The Grand Ballroom, Hotel Waldorf-Astoria, New York City, New York (Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame)
- May 1988: Bob Dylan's garage, and Dave Stewart Studios, Los Angeles, California (Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1)
- March to May 1990: Oceanway Studios, Los Angeles, California (under the red sky).
- April 1990: Wilbury Mountain Studio, Bel Air, Los Angeles, California (Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3)
- Mid-October 1992: Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, including rehearsals, New York City.
Harrison would often quote Dylan's lyrics like it was scripture. Here's a few examples: "I'm really quite simple. I don't want to be in the business full-time, because I'm a gardener. I plant flowers and watch them grow. I don't go out to clubs and partying. I stay at home and watch the river flow.
"One body is called the causal body, the next body is called the astral body and the third is called the gross physical body. So death is only relative to birth - If you don't wanna die, you don't get born. But as long as you're born, you've got to die, because just as sure as nighttime is gonna follow daytime, death is gonna follow birth. Like Bob Dylan said, Look out kid, it's something you did. God knows when, but you're doing it again."
"I said, "You don't have to have a Number 1. You want to be number one. The record is second." I say, if you set yourself up looking for success, when you have a failure, you fall much deeper. I say, bring the two together. As Bob Dylan said, "When you find out you are at the top, you are at the bottom."
George had this to say about writing "I'd Have You Anytime" with Dylan: "He sang for me, 'Love is all you need/ Makes the world go 'round/ Love and only love can't be denied/ No matter what you think about it/ You're not going to be able to live without it/ Take a tip from one who's tried.' And I thought, Isn't it great, because I know people are going to think, 'S***, what's Dylan doing?' . . . I was saying to him, You write incredible lyrics,' and he was saying, 'How do you write those tunes?' So I was just showing him chords like crazy. Chords, because he tended just to play alot of basic chords and move a capo up and down. And I was saying, 'Come on, write me some words,' and he was scribbling words down. And it just killed me because he'd been doing all these sensational lyrics. And he wrote, 'All I have is yours/ All you see is mine/ And I'm glad to hold you in my arms/ I'd have you anytime.' The idea of Dylan writing something, like, so very simple."
Harrison also recycled a riff from Dylan's "I Want You" for his 1973 hit single, "Give Me Love (Peace On Earth)," and the Dylan song title, "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," was used in Harrison's song, "When We Was Fab."
Here's Dylan on Harrison, late 2001: "He was a giant, a great, great soul, with all of the humanity, all of the wit and humor, all of the wisdom, the spirituality, the common sense of a man and compassion for people. He inspired love and had the strength of a hundred men. He was like the sun, the flowers and the moon, and we will miss him enormously. The world is a profoundly emptier place without him."
The following year, Dylan performed Harrison's "Something" at Madison Square Garden: "Thank you. There's a tribute coming, I guess it's the next week or the week after, it's over in England, for George Harrison and <inaudible> lot's of people <inaudible> I'm not sure who. But we can't make it. I just want to do this song <inaudible> for George because we were such good buddies."
For what it's worth, I always associate the "Quiet Beatle" with the song, "Ain't Talkin'", where Dylan is in a "mystic garden" and "someone hit me from behind", and now "the gardener is gone."
Harrison died on November 29, 2001.
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All Things Must Pass
I'd Have You Any Time (co-written by Bob & George)
If Not For You
Porky's Revenge! (soundtrack)
1985 - Recorded at “All Things Must Pass” sessions, unreleased until 1985. Released as 7” and 12” singles without picture-sleeve in most countries, the Brazilian issue shown here is an exception.
I Don't Want To Do It
Porky's Revenge! (soundtrack)
1985 - Recorded at “All Things Must Pass” sessions, unreleased until 1985. Released as 7” and 12” singles without picture-sleeve in most countries, the Brazilian issue shown here is an exception
I Don't Want To Do It
Beware of ABCKO (bootleg)
I Don't Wanna Do It (Acoustic Version)
If Not For You (Acoustic Version)
Nice compilation of demos for Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" album.
Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert
Recorded at Madison Square Garden, N.Y.C. October 16, 1992 (BobFest)
Absolutely Sweet Marie