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American singer and songwriter Bob Dylan sings and plays guitar on stage, wearing a top hat, during the Blackbushe Pop Festival, Hampshire, England, July 17, 1978.

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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.”


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