Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger Cover Dylan

Originally posted November 1, 2007

I did my customary Thursday scavenging at YouTube this morning, hoping to find a live performance of one of yesterday’s songs. I didn’t dig too long, though, and I brought back something else that’s pretty interesting.

As I checked for a video of the Julie Driscoll/Brian Auger version of “Season of the Witch,” I came across a June 22, 1968, clip from the British television show Top of the Pops, with Driscoll and Auger peforming “This Wheel’s On Fire.” The song, penned by Bob Dylan and the late Rick Danko of The Band, was on Music From Big Pink, The Band’s 1968 debut album.

During the same year, Driscoll and Auger released their version in Britain, where it reached No. 5 on the pop chart. I don’t know about the record, but clearly during the live performance on Top of the Pops, Driscoll’s vocals had what sounds to me like a Dylan-esque cadence, especially during the first verse.

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