Highway 61 Revisited (Columbia, 1965)
Highway 61 Revisited was American singer/songwriter Bob Dylan’s sixth studio album and he wanted to change things up.
Having recorded mainly acoustic music up to this point in his career,
Dylan let out his inner rock star. He used rock musicians as his backing band for all but one
track on Highway 61 Revisited. Critics loved it! Highway 61 Revisited sits at #4 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” Music buyers must have agreed, the album peaked at #3 in the U.S. and #4 in the UK. Named after the 1400-mile long American highway that follows the Mississippi River, U.S. Route 61 connects New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis and Saint Paul (among others). Dylan’s own hometown of Duluth, Minnesota connected to the highway, so he has always felt an affinity for the road, even claiming it was in his blood.
The single, Like a Rolling Stone transformed Dylan from a folk singer to rock star. It went to the top of Billboard’s Cashbox Top 100 chart, #2 in the U.S. (via the Hot 100 chart), #4 in the UK and #3 in Canada. It went top ten in Ireland and on both Dutch singles charts. In 2010, Like a Rolling Stone was named as the Greatest Song of All-Time on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
Like a Rolling Stone has been covered numerous times in almost every musical genre; the most famous by Jimi Hendrix, who was a huge Dylan fan. He loved Like a Rolling Stone because “it made me feel that I wasn’t the only one who’d ever felt so low.”