(‘You Don’t Know Me’ was written by Eddie Arnold and Cindy Walker. As with Dylan’s contribution to the WILLIE NELSON-Bob Dylan song ‘Heartland’, it is alleged that Arnold wrote only the title of ‘You Don’t Know Me’ and his co-writer all the rest.)
The Ray Charles version of ‘That Lucky Old Sun’ also seems the prompt for Dylan’s performances of this beguiling, neo-minstrel pop song, which he may have recorded in 1971 at the session that yielded the ‘Watching the River Flow’ single, and which he certainly offered in concert at Farm Aid, Champaign Illinois, 21 September 1985, at 23 concerts in 1986, at Madison Wisconsin, 5 November 1991, in Hollywood, 19 May 1992, and at the so-called ‘free rehearsal’ at Fort Lauderdale, 23 September 1995.
There is at least one further small connection between Ray and Bob. The main soloist in the Ray Charles band of the 1950s to early 1960s was Dave ‘Fathead’ Newman; he and Dylan play together behind DOUG SAHM on the track ‘Me & Paul’ on the fine album Doug Sahm & Band, 1972. Fathead is one of many long-suffering musicians in Ray Charles’ band given sympathetic treatment in the vivid, old-fashioned biopic Ray.
Ray Charles, Willie Nelson & Bob Dylan together at a party – A previously uncirculating photo from the mid-’90s. A great present for Homesick Records from the wonderful Jan from Record Palace.
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