Primary Menu

CSX Classic Cuts

WCSX Classic Cuts

Bob Dylan: “Rainy Day Women #12 and 35”

The Hook: A session trombonist was called into the session at four o’clock in the morning.

Album: Blonde on Blonde

Year: 1966

Writer: Bob Dylan

Stats: Peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 and 35” — often known by the last line of its chorus, “Everybody must get stoned” — was recorded very late one night at Columbia Records’ Nashville studios. With Dylan looking for a good time-y, brass band feel on the song, keyboardist Al Kooper recalls making a suggestion.

Al Kooper on the trombone you hear on Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35.” OC:…went home. :27

“I said to one of the guys on the session, I wish we had a trombone player. He said, ‘Well, we can get one.’ I said, ‘What, at four o’clock in the morning?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ So they made a call and we waited about 25 minutes. This guy showed up at 4:30 in a suit with a shirt and tie on with after shave lotion on and sat down and played two takes of the song – he did not know who Bob Dylan was – and then went home.”

Bob Dylan - Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Live at Farm Aid 1986)

Bob Dylan performs "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" live via satellite for the Farm Aid concert in Austin, Texas on July 4, 1986. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers.