Bob Dylan performs at the Singers Club Christmas Party in London on December 22nd, 1962.
When he stood up and started to perform at The King & Queen, it was just… the audience knew they were watching something that was really good. Anybody who says anything different, that the audience didn’t like him, is talking through their hat. The audience loved him. He did three songs and they demanded an encore. He was great, very funny and very dry. He spoke a little to the audience, not a lot, just a little, but then he never did talk to the audience that much.
He didn’t talk at first, and then he started telling everybody… he told the audience the plot of the movie “Hootenanny,” which is all about muscle men and bikini-clad young lasses all cavorting about singing folk, singing “hootenanny” music… but that was later on.
ERIC VON SCHMIDT:
We played at some folk club one night and heard a good singer and guitar player, Martin Carthy, do a folksong called “The Franklin.” It was about a boat that explored Antarctica or something. It was a totally lovely song. Dylan got Martin to show him all the chords and put the melody right in that amazing head of his. Next record he puts out there is. “As I was riding on a western train…” [sic]