Forever Young (Bob Dylan song)

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"Forever Young"
Song by Bob Dylan from the album Planet Waves
Released 1974
Format Vinyl
Genre Rock
Length 4:57
Label Asylum
Writer Bob Dylan
Producer Rob Fraboni
Planet Waves track listing
"Forever Young"
German single cover
Single by Bob Dylan
from the album Bob Dylan at Budokan
B-side "All Along the Watchtower" & "I Want You"
Released June 22, 1979
Format Vinyl
Genre Rock
Length 5:27
Label CBS Records
Writer(s) Bob Dylan
Producer(s) Don DeVito

"Forever Young" is a song by Bob Dylan. The song first appeared (in two different versions) on Dylan's 1974 album Planet Waves.

Analysis[edit]

In the notes for the 2007 album Dylan, Bill Flanagan wrote the following about "Forever Young":

After an eight year break from touring, Dylan's legend was big enough to fit all twelve apostles and still have room for a couple of Buddhas. He agreed to go back on the road in 1974 with The Band, his old backup group who had become stars themselves during the down time. They got together and quickly knocked off an album, Planet Waves, that featured two versions of a blessing from a parent to a child. In the years he was away from stage Dylan had become a father. He had that in common with a good chunk of the audience. The song reflected it. Memorably recited on American TV by Howard Cosell when Muhammad Ali won the heavyweight crown for the third time.

Rod Stewart[edit]

Rod Stewart recorded a song entitled "Forever Young" that was released as a single and included on his Out of Order album in 1988. The song was remarkably similar to the Bob Dylan song of the same title, sharing not only a similar melody but many of the same lyrics. Stewart agreed to share his royalties with Dylan.[1]

2009 Remix[edit]

In 2009 a remix of the song, "Forever Young (Continued)" was featured in a Pepsi commercial,[2] with rapper will.i.am rapping a verse.[3] The advertisement ends with the slogan: "Every generation refreshes the world."

Cover versions[edit]

Joan Baez performed the song on her 1976 live album From Every Stage.

Peter, Paul, and Mary covered the song in their 1978 album Reunion.

Diana Ross covered the song on her 1984 album Swept Away.

Patti LaBelle performed the song at the Philadelphia segment of the 1985 Live Aid concert. The performance is the only song of her six-song set to appear on the official DVD.

The Pretenders covered the song for their 1994 album Last of the Independents.

The song was featured in the end credits to the movie Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995).

The Band covered the song on the 1996 album High on the Hog.

Billy Corgan sang a cover version of the song on Bozo: 40 Years of Fun, the final episode of Chicago's long-running Bozo series.

On October 19, 2011, Norah Jones sang the song at the open-air memorial concert for Apple Inc. founder, Steve Jobs.[4]

On his 2013 album, Love Never Fails, X Factor runner-up Jahméne Douglas performed a remix of "Forever Young".

Idina Menzel performed "Forever Young" at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.

In popular culture[edit]

The 2010 television series Parenthood uses the second version of this song, "Forever Young (Continued)" as its theme song.

"Forever Young" is one of seven Dylan songs whose lyrics were reset for soprano and piano (or orchestra) by John Corigliano for his song cycle Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan.[5]

Episode 12 of Season 1 of the television series Sons of Anarchy, opens and closes with a cover version of "Forever Young" sung by Audra Mae.

Retailer Kohl’s began running a television commercial in November 2013 for the holidays that portrays a couple decorating an elderly woman’s apartment set to a cover of Dylan’s “Forever Young.” [6]

During the August 11th edition of WWE Raw, the song played in the montage to Hulk Hogan which was shown during his birthday celebration that night.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (26 June 1988). "Rod Stewart Sounds an Echo of Dylan". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Forever Young" Pepsi commercial on YouTube
  3. ^ WTF: Bob Dylan and Will.I.Am: "Forever Young" (Pepsi ad) - Pitchfork.
  4. ^ Wingfield, Nick (October 19, 2011). "Coldplay and Norah Jones Play at Memorial for Jobs". The New York Times. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan at schirmer.com
  6. ^ “Kohl's Adds Emotional Brand Spots to Holiday Mix” by Natalie Zmuda, November 7, 2013, Ad Age, http://adage.com/article/cmo-strategy/kohl-s-adjusts-holiday-marketing-mix/245177/

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