This Day In Music, May 8: Bob Dylan, Graham Bond, Tommy Lee, Eddy Arnold

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Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues"

May 8


Shooting of the promotional film for Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" took place at the side of the Savoy Hotel in London. Actors in the background were Allen Ginsberg and Bob Neuwirth. The cards that Dylan held up to the camera were painted by Alan Price and Joan Baez. 

The song has had a wide influence, resulting in iconic references by artists and non-artists alike. Most famously, its lyric "you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" was the inspiration for the name of the American radical left group the Weathermen, a breakaway from the Students for a Democratic Society.

Beatle John Lennon was reported to find the song so "captivating" that he didn't know how he'd be able to write a song that could "compete" with it.


UK keyboard player Graham Bond, age 36, committed suicide after throwing himself under a London tube train at Finsbury Park station. It took police two days to identify his body which was crushed beyond all recognition.

He was briefly a member of Blues Incorporated, a group led by Alexis Korner, before forming the Graham Bond Quartet, with a lineup of Bond on vocals and organ, Ginger Baker on drums and Jack Bruce on bass. 


A Los Angeles judge ruled against Tommy Lee and wife Pamela Anderson in their bid to keep Penthouse magazine from publishing still photos from an X-rated home movie that was stolen from their home.


American country artist Eddy Arnold died of natural causes, one week before his 90th birthday. He sold more than 85 million records and had 147 songs on the US charts, including 28 number one hits on Billboard's Country Singles chart. He was once managed by Colonel Tom Parker (who later managed Elvis Presley). Arnold had the 1965 US No.4 hit, "Make The World Go Away".

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A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were once signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is…

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