Genius offers no thanks and Bob Dylan has never acknowledged any collaborators save those dead at the bottom of the creative well-spring but aside from his touring and recording bands there have been several contemporaneous artists hugely influential upon his writing and playing styles; one of these was Mr Bruce Langhorne, a session guitarist and occasional Tambourine Man
- he played a huge, Turkish instrument and their collaborations inspired Dylan to plead, Hey, Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me.......
More importantly to the musicologist, Mr Langhorne, while playing sessions with Carolyn Hester, the Farinas, Judy Collins and Gordon Lightfoot,
Langhorne, guitar; Hester, vocals and guitar; Dylan, mouth-organ and Bill Lee, bass, CBS Studios, New York 1961
played on Dylan's Freewheeling album and is said to have suggested or played the electric parts on Bringing It All Back Home, notably Mr Langhorne is credited by cognoscenti with the subtle framing of two of Dylan's most perfectly realised songs, Love Minus Zero, No Limit and She Belongs To Me, as well as with teaching Baby Blue, himself, the demotic, dropD accompaniment to the almost Satanic, It's Alright, Ma, I'm Only Bleeding. The complex double-timed finger-picking on the earlier, Don't Think Twice It's Alright - a song, incidentally, about which a plagiarism charge was settled out of court - is also Mr Langhorne's,
as is the memorable, second guitar part on Corinna, Corinna, a Dylan reworking of a Robert Johnson song, although there are other traditional sources, too.
There is no Langhorne solo recording of Corinna, Corinna and today
he modestly claims not to remember too much about it but I came across this, by Steve Gillette, which I had never heard and which among Bobsessives, here and further on up the road, maybe down New Zealand way, deserves a wider audience.