Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash’s Previously Postponed Demo for “Wanted Man” Now Released

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Video for the demo of Bob Dylan singing with Johnny Cash on the latter’s hit song “Wanted Man” was released on YouTube Monday.

Dylan wrote the song for Cash in 1969, at San Quentin and that same year, Cash recorded it on his live album.

She said, Honey, I don’t want to interrupt your train of thought, but be sure that Bob Dylan puts the melody to that song, that ‘Wanted Man’. You forgot the melody.

If you listen closely, you can even hear Cash flubbing exactly where the “Wanted Man” is wanted and chuckling at his mistakes.

Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash’s Previously Postponed Demo for “Wanted Man” Now Released
Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash’s Previously Postponed Demo for “Wanted Man” Now Released

According to the Rolling Stone magazine, fellow singer and songwriter Carl Perkins can also be heard playing guitar on the demo, which will be featured on the forthcoming box set “Bob Dylan Ft. Johnny Cash, called Travelin’ Thru: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15.

Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash who are the all-time great American music icons who were friends and occasional collaborators.

In 1969, the two recorded a loose, informal session together, with rockabilly legend Carl Perkins sitting in on guitar.

We’ve never actually heard that session, but we will soon. It’ll feature, among a great many other things, that session with Cash.

At San Quentin, Johnny Cash opened his classic 1969 live album, with a song called “Wanted Man.” Bob Dylan wrote that song.

Years later, Cash also released a studio version. As it turns out, Dylan had just given him the song a week earlier.

Today, Dylan’s archivists have shared a music video for the first-take demo of “Wanted Man,” made on that day in 1969, when Bob was 27 and Cash was 36.

Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan singing this fantastic Carl Perkins song! This was recorded in 1969.

But as is usually the case with Dylan ‘s unreleased work, the tracks have long been readily available on bootlegs.

Bob Dylan has released “Wanted Man,” an intriguing sneak peek into the Johnny Cash -related material on his upcoming box set Travelin’ Thru Instead, she should have reminded him about the words.

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