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On This Day in Music History: Bob Dylan Releases “Subterranean Homesick Blues”

written by: on March 8, 2012

On March 8, 1965, Bob Dylan released the single “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” the first Top 40 hit of his career.

“Subterranean Homesick Blues” was from his album Bringing It All Back Home. The U.S. release of “Subterranean Homesick Blues” would become Dylan’s first top 40 hit, although it only peaked at #39. Accompanying the track came a ‘film clip’ (the grandfather of the music video) which achieved even greater popularity.

The “Subterranean Homesick Blues” video featured the young Bob Dylan holding cue cards in an alley. He would release or react somewhat to the cards with the song. The cue cards were written by Bob Dylan, Allen Gingsberg, Donovan and Bob Neuwirth. The cards had cheeky and intentional puns and misspellings. The video was shot in the alley behind the Savoy Hotel in London. With the release of “Subterranean Homesick Blues” Bob Dylan continued to prove himself as a creative musical pioneer.