“Positively 4th Street” – Bob Dylan (1965)

1960s: Days of Rage


“‘Positively 4th Street’ is a song written and performed by Bob Dylan, first recorded in New York City on July 29, 1965. … The studio band on ‘Positively 4th Street’ featured Bobby Gregg (drums), Russ Savakus or Harvey Brooks (bass), Frank Owens or Paul Griffin (piano), Al Kooper (organ) and Mike Bloomfield (guitar), with the song initially being logged on the studio’s official recording session documentation under the working title of ‘Black Dally Rue’. … Critic Dave Marsh praised the song as ‘an icy hipster bitch session’ with ‘Dylan cutting loose his barbed-wire tongue at somebody luckless enough to have crossed the path of his desires.’ … Joni Mitchell has cited the song as one of her biggest inspirations at the dawn of her career: ‘There came a point when I heard a Dylan song called ‘Positively Fourth Street’ and I thought ‘oh my…

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