Doug Sahm and Bob Dylan photographs -Session 9-12 October 1972

David Newman, Jack Barber, Augie Meyers, Wayne Jackson, George Rains, Dr. John, Jerry Wexler, Doug Sahm, Atwood Allen & Arif Mardin (Photo by David Gahr)

With Jerry Wexler, Mac Rebennack (Photo by David Gahr)

With Jack Barber, Wayne Jackson & Jerry Wexler & Doug Sahm (Photo by David Gahr)

With Jack Barber & Doug Sahm (Photo by David Gahr)

With Jack Barber & Doug Sahm (Photo by David Gahr)


With Doug Sahm (Photo by David Gahr)








(Photo by David Gahr)

(Photo by David Gahr)


(Photo by David Gahr)



Bob Dylan at the Doug Sahm sessions, 9-12 October, 1972




With Doug Sahm (Photo by David Gahr)





From the EDLIS ‘Who’s Who’ page: 

Bob Dylan interview 1965 – At the San Francisco Press
Conference broadcast live on on KQED-TV Dec. 3, 1965, a reporter asks, “Are there any young folksingers that you recommend we hear?” and Dylan replies, “I’m glad you asked that…Oh yeah, there’s the Sir Douglas Quintet. I think are probably the best that are going to have a chance to reach the commercial airwaves. They already have with a couple of songs.”

Dylan and Sahm first met around this time, perhaps in



Interview with Augie Meyers – “Dylan back in S.A” – San Antonio Express-News 2006 
by Hector Saldaña 

“Bob Dylan is a genius” 

The early hard-strummed folk songs, and later his electrically sneered vitriol, rattled the pop world, forever setting Dylan on equal footing with Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. That’s not just the assessment of elite music journalists, filmmakers and fans who have followed, dissected, been affected by and glorified the enigmatic, volatile rock icon who plays Municipal Auditorium tonight with Merle Haggard. 

But it’s also the opinion of good friend Augie Meyers. San
Antonio’s favorite son and king of the Vox Continental has an open invitation from Dylan. He has often performed and recorded with him, most recently on acclaimed albums “Time Out of Mind” and “Love and Theft.” He first recorded with Dylan in 1972 in New York for the “Doug Sahm and Band” album.

Early on, it was Dylan who praised the relatively obscure Sir Douglas Quintet as one of his favorite bands. “He always said, ‘Hey, I really liked what you all did,'” Meyers said.

But their communion is much deeper than a mutual admiration society: Dylan and Meyers are musicians who connect and respect each other. Meyers holds Tom Waits in the same high regard.

About Dylan’s magic: “He’s a great musician, you know. He plays guitar, but he’s a great piano player,” Meyers said. (Editor’s note: At a show in Las Vegas last week, Dylan played keyboard all night.) The Sir Douglas Quintet and Texas Tornados legend added that Dylan is quiet, reserved Ñ “a pleasure to record with and he knows what he wants.”

On a recording session, Dylan will show his musicians a song by simply playing it on guitar or piano “and then you just take it from there.” He’s not a dictator and is open to musical suggestions, Meyers said. “When we were in the studio one time, he said, ‘If you and Doug were gonna do this song, how would you do it?'” said Meyers. Dylan likes to cut live. “It’s got to have the groove right there,” Meyers said. “He’s a genius. To just sit there and watch him work is fantastic.”

Why the friendship? “I guess it’s a style and a chemistry. We can work. When he starts singing and playing, you can just play right behind him. I was able to do that with Doug (Sahm) and Doug was able to do that with me. Maybe I’m just one of those people that can follow.”

About Scorcese’s recent documentary? : “Kinda weird,” Meyers said!


Augie Meyers entry in the EDLIS Who’s Who:






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