Mr. Tambourine Man Hits The Charts

Mr. Tambourine Man Hits The Charts BLOG Friday 26th July 2019


Mr Tambourine Man written by Bob Dylan and recorded by The Byrds comes very high in my ALL TIME TOP 10 MOST FAVOURITE TRACKS. That is some accolade when I have been and still am a devout and ardent music fan covering 7 long decades.


I was 16 years old when Mr Tambourine Man hit No.1 on 22nd July 1965. The music with 12 string guitar was unbelievable and the lead singer James Roger McGuinn wore these amazing square specs making wearing specs fashionable again for the first time since Buddy Holly, Hank Marvin, Roy Orbison and Harry Worth. And I became the ultimate fashion icon, the envy of my mates.


The Byrds also made, amongst many other records Turn, Turn, Turn. I love that track for the sentiment of the words.


It all goes to prove July has always been a good month throughout history. Check it out:


22 July 1965: The classic single Mr. Tambourine Man hits the top spot in the charts

Mr. Tambourine Man – now regarded as one of the finest songs ever recorded – went to number one back on 22nd July 1965. The Byrds’ harmonic ditty remained at the summit of the UK hit parade for a fortnight.

22 July 1979: I Don’t Like Mondays hits number one

The Boomtown Rats, an Irish band fronted by Bob Geldof, released I Don’t Like Mondays on the 22nd of July 1979. The catchy song – written about the Cleveland Elementary School shooting in San Diego – stayed at the top for a full 4 weeks.


15 July 1978: Bob Dylan performs to the biggest open-air concert audience up to that date for a single artist ever

More than 200,000 fans turned out at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire to watch the bluesy folk rocker Bob Dylan perform his hits this week back in 1978. The ‘Picnic Concert’ saw Joan Armatrading and Eric Clapton support the headline act.


17 July 1955: Disneyland in California is opened by Walt Disney himself

Dedicated to – and opened by – Walt Disney himself, Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California in July 1955. Its first day saw 30,000 people through the gates, some 20,000 more than had been planned. It went on to become the world’s premier theme park.


25 July 1965: Bob Dylan ‘goes electric’

By playing an electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival, Bob Dylan signalled a huge change in folk and rock music. It was an extremely controversial and divisive move at the time and split his audience and the folk world straight down the middle.


27 July 1983: Madonna released her first album

In 1983, no one could know that Madonna’s self-titled debut album would go on to be such a smash hit and that Madge would become – and stay – The Queen of Pop seemingly forever.


28 July 1939: Judy Garland records the absolute classic Over the Rainbow

She had recorded the song Over the Rainbow for the legendary film The Wizard of Oz.


23 July 1986: Prince Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson

A worldwide TV audience of more than 500 million people tuned in to watch Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson get married at Westminster Abbey.


And of course the greatest event in history:

20 July 1969: Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the surface of The Moon

US astronaut Neil Armstrong became the very first man to step foot on The Moon back in ‘69. Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin wasn’t far behind him. Their achievement – 50 years ago this week – still fascinates and amazes people to this day.



“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling


Happiness is…wearing spuare glasses like the lead singer of The Byrds


Never give up on your dreams. Keep sleeping.


Love is…stirring up passion


Mr Tambourine Man – Byrds

Highest Chart Position: No.1 22nd July 1965


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