Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on February 17th 1969, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan had a recording session in Nashville, TN. “Girl from the North Country” was the only duet released from the session.
I’m not much of Bob Dylan fan but Johnny Cash has always been my favorite artist.
In this song, Dylan sings of a lost love that was from the North Country, but who was this girl he refers too?
Some fans believe it to be about Echo Helstrom or Bonnie Beecher, Dylan’s sweethearts before he left Minnesota for New York. Others claim it is about Suze Rotolo, who is pictured walking arm in arm with Dylan on the cover of The Freewheeling’ Bob Dylan.
In 1962, Dylan visited England for the first time. Here, he met many local folk artists, including Martin Carthy, who introduced Dylan to many traditional English ballads, including “Scarborough Fair.”
Dylan would lift the line “Remember me to one who lives there/She once was a true love of mine” from this ballad for “Girl from the North Country.”
Dylan and Johnny Cash collaborated on a joint version of this song for Dylan’s 1969 album, Nashville Skyline.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (Eckstein J.R.) gives you a beautiful demonstration of the song called The Girl from North County.
Did you know Bob’s Dylan real name was Robert Zimmerman?
He probably took his name from poet Dylan Thomas, be he has never confirmed this. He did confirm in his autobiography Chronicles, Volume I that he went with “Bob” instead of “Bobby” because he didn’t want to be confused with Bobby Darin.
Dylan was born in Duluth, Minnesota. At an early age he moved to Hibbing, where he grew up. This part of the state was known for its abundant iron mines at the time. It is known by its inhabitants as “The North Country,” hence the song “Girl from the North Country.”
It’s beautiful song to listen too, it was also in the movie called, “Silver Lining,” which was the first time I had ever heard it.
I encourage you to listen to it as we how on February 17th 1969, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan had a recording session in Nashville, TN. “Girl from the North Country” was the only duet released from the session.
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