Dylan says ‘Turn the organ up’ and Wilson replies ‘But he’s not an organ player’ Dylan says, ‘I don’t care: turn it up’
“He Didn’t Say ‘No'”
Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman)
Born May 24, 1941
American poetic songwriter, singer, painter, writer, Nobel prize laureate.
“He Didn’t Say ‘No'” – “Like A Rolling Stone” – Recording
During a difficult two-day preproduction, Dylan struggled to find the essence of the song, which was demoed without success in 3/4 time.
A breakthrough was made when it was tried in a rock music format, and rookie session musician Al Kooper improvised the organ riff for which the track is known.
They started playing it back … after about a verse or two, Bob said to Tom Wilson and says “Hey turn the organ up” … and Tom Wilson said to Bob, “aw man that guy (AL Cooper) is not an organ player, he’s just … and Bob said, “I don’t care, just turn the organ up!” …
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“He Didn’t Say ‘No'” – “Like A Rolling Stone” – #1
“Like a Rolling Stone” is a 1965 song by the American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Its confrontational lyrics originated in an extended piece of verse Dylan wrote in June 1965, when he returned exhausted from a grueling tour of England. Dylan distilled this draft into four verses and a chorus. “Like a Rolling Stone” was recorded a few weeks later as part of the sessions for the forthcoming album Highway 61 Revisited.
According to review aggregator Acclaimed Music, “Like a Rolling Stone” is the statistically most acclaimed song of all time.
The greatest song by the greatest American folk singer Bob Dylan. Recorded and released in the summer of 1965
Rolling Stone magazine listed the song at number 1 in their “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list.