On September 6, 1969, Bob Dylan hit the top 10 of the singles charts as the song rose to No.7. He hasn’t been back since.
Not that Dylan hasn’t put out some great material since then. He just hasn’t charted in the top-10 – although he almost got there with “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” (12th). But the ’60s remains his “golden age” and this song still stands as one of his most well-known among casual fans.
Here’s 3 things to know about “Lay Lady Lay” that you may or may not have heard before…
1. It was originally written for the soundtrack to the movie Midnight Cowboy
The final track wasn’t submitted in time to make the soundtrack for the 1968 classic starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight.
2. the track features a young Charlie Daniels on backing guitar
Daniels had already begun writing, recording and performing, but his first solo album didn’t come until two years after his contribution to this track which had to help his career at least a little bit. Ten years later he hit the big-time with “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”.
3. There are dozens of known cover versions of the song
Like many Dylan classics, other artists can’t help but take advantage of that insanely good songwriting and give their own take on it. Artists who have covered “Lay Lady Lay” include Buddy Guy, Neil Diamond, Booker T & the MGs, and the Isley Brothers.