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FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 20, 2016

DEAR JERRY: On Bob Dylan's recent 75th birthday, I got to wondering how many of his compositions made the charts when performed by other artists.
—Randy Pitts, Nashville, Tenn.

DEAR RANDY: And I was fretting over what to get him this year. Your timely suggestion is the perfect gift. Alphabetical by title, these Dylan tunes appeared on one or more of the national charts by someone other than himself.

Following the artist and year is the peak chart position, with the primary pop charts being the default entry, plus three other charts that are identified thusly:

(A) = Adult Contemporary, or Middle-of-the-Road charts
(C) = Country charts
(S) = Soul, or R&B charts

"All Along the Watchtower" Jimi Hendrix (1968) No. 18
"All I Really Want to Do" Cher (1965) No. 9
"All I Really Want to Do" Byrds (1965) No. 40
"Ballad of Easy Rider" Byrds (1969) No. 65
"Blowin' in the Wind" Peter, Paul & Mary (1963) No. 1 (A)
"Blowin' in the Wind" Peter, Paul & Mary (1963) No. 2
"Blowin' in the Wind" Stan Getz (1964) No. 110
"Blowin' in the Wind" Lena Horne (1964) No. 141
"Blowin' in the Wind" Stevie Wonder (1966) No. 1 (S)
"Blowin' in the Wind" Stevie Wonder (1966) No. 9
"Blowin' in the Wind" Brimstone (1969) No. 69
"Blowin' in the Wind" Edwin Hawkins Singers (1969) No. 109
"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" Peter, Paul & Mary (1963) No. 2 (A)
"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" Peter, Paul & Mary (1963) No. 9
"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" The 4 Seasons as "The Wonder Who?" (1965) No. 12
"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" Doc & Merle Watson (1978) No. 88 (C)
"Down in the Flood" Flatt & Scruggs (1968) No. 45 (C)
"Forever Young" Joan Baez (1974) No. 13 (A)
"Forever Young" Joan Baez (1974) No. 117
"Gotta Serve Somebody" Luther Ingram (1987) No. 89 (S)
"Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" Leon Russell (1971) No. 105
"I Shall Be Released" Box Tops (1969) No. 67
"I Shall Be Released" Rick Nelson (1970) No. 102
"I Shall Be Released" Freddie Scott (1970) No. 40 (S)
"I Shall Be Released" Freddie Scott (1970) No. 112
"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" Glen Garrison (1968) No. 48 (C)
"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" Burl Ives (1968) No. 35 (A)
"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" Burl Ives (1968) No. 133
"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" Ray Stevens (1970) No. 112
"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" Claude King (1970) No. 33 (C)
"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" Judy Rodman (1987) No. 5 (C)
"If Not for You" Olivia Newton-John (1971) No. 1 (A)
"If Not for You" Olivia Newton-John (1971) No. 23
"If Not for You" Bobby Wright (1973) No. 75 (C)
"It Ain't Me Babe" Johnny Cash (1964) No. 4 (C)
"It Ain't Me Babe" Johnny Cash (1964) No. 58
"It Ain't Me Babe" Turtles (1965) No. 8
"Just Like a Woman" Manfred Mann (1966) No. 101
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door" Eric Clapton (1975) No. 133
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door" Randy Crawford (1989) No. 4 (S)
"Lay Lady Lay" Byrds (1969) No. 132
"Lay Lady Lay" Ferrante & Teicher (1970) No. 16 (A)
"Lay Lady Lay" Ferrante & Teicher (1970) No. 99
"Lay Lady Lay" Isley Brothers (1971) No. 29 (S)
"Lay Lady Lay" Isley Brothers (1972) No. 57
"Lay Lady Lay" Brook Benton (1974) No. 128
"Lay Lady Lay" Jim Bean (1988) No. 96 (C)
"Like a Rolling Stone" Flatt & Scruggs (1968) No. 125
"Like a Rolling Stone" Phil Flowers & the Flower Shop (1969) No. 90
"Like a Rolling Stone" Rolling Stones (1995) No. 109
"Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word" Joan Baez (1969) No. 75
"Make You Feel My Love" Kris Allen (2009) No. 113
"Mighty Quinn" Brothers & Sisters Featuring Merry Clayton (1969) No. 121
"Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)" Manfred Mann (1968) No. 4
"Mr. Jones (Ballad of a Thin Man)" Grass Roots (1965) No. 95
"Mr. Tambourine Man" Byrds (1965) No. 1
"My Back Pages" Byrds (1967) No. 26
"Nashville Skyline Rag" Earl Scruggs (1970) No. 74 (C)
"One Too Many Mornings" Beau Brummels (1966) No. 88
"She Belongs to Me" Rick Nelson & Stone Canyon Band (1969) No. 23
"She Belongs to Me" Rick Nelson & Stone Canyon Band (1969) No. 27 (A)
"This Wheel's on Fire" Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & Trinity (1968) No. 106
"This Wheel's on Fire" Hamilton Camp (1968) No. 137
"Times They Are a-Changin'" Peter Antell (1965) No. 135
"To Make You Feel My Love" Billy Joel (1997) No. 50
"To Make You Feel My Love" Garth Brooks (1998) No. 1 (C)
"To Make You Feel My Love" Garth Brooks (1998) No. 8 (A)
"Too Much of Nothing" Peter, Paul & Mary (1967) No. 35
"When the Ship Comes In" Peter, Paul & Mary (1965) No. 23 (A)
"When the Ship Comes In" Peter, Paul & Mary (1965) No. 74
"You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" Byrds (1968) No. 74
"You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" Chris Hillman & Roger McGuinn (1989) No. 6 (C)

IZ ZAT SO? Some takeaways from today's research:

As a singer, Bob Dylan spent only one week at No. 1, thanks to "Like a Rolling Stone" in September 1965.

Among all recordings of his songs by other artists, only one, the Byrds' "Mr. Tambourine Man," reached No. 1 on the pop Top 100 charts.

The Dylan song to chart by the most different artists is "Blowin' in the Wind." Here are the six performers responsible: Peter, Paul & Mary; Stan Getz; Lena Horne; Stevie Wonder; Brimstone; and the Edwin Hawkins Singers.

At the other extreme, over 30 different artists recorded "Tomorrow Is a Long Time," a personal favorite of Dylan's, yet not a one appeared on any of the national charts.

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