Bruce Langhorne

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Bruce Langhorne (born c. 1938) is an American folk musician. He was active in the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1960s, primarily as a session guitarist for folk albums and performances. He lost the second and third fingers on his right hand in an accident when he was seven years old, contributing to his distinctive fingerpicking style.[citation needed] Langhorne attended the Horace Mann School in 1954–1955.[citation needed]

Langhorne worked with many of the major performers in the folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s, including The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Carolyn Hester, Peter LaFarge, Gordon Lightfoot, Hugh Masekela, Odetta, Babatunde Olatunji, Peter, Paul and Mary, Richard and Mimi Fariña, Tom Rush, Steve Gillette, and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

The title character of Bob Dylan's song "Mr. Tambourine Man" was inspired by Langhorne, who used to play a large Turkish frame drum in performances and recordings.[1][2][3] The drum, which Langhorne purchased in a music store in Greenwich Village, had small bells attached around its interior, giving it a jingling sound much like a tambourine. Langhorne used the instrument most prominently on recordings by Richard and Mimi Fariña.[4] The drum is now in the collection of the Experience Music Project, in Seattle, Washington.

In addition to inspiring the title character of "Mr. Tambourine Man", Langhorne played the electric guitar countermelody on the song.[5] His guitar is also prominent on several other songs on Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home album, particularly "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" and "She Belongs to Me"; he also played the lead guitar parts on "Subterranean Homesick Blues", "Outlaw Blues", "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" and "Maggie's Farm".[1][5] He also played the guitar for Dylan's television performances of "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue on The Les Crane Show in February 1965, a month after the Bringing It All Back Home sessions.[1][5] Two years earlier, Langhorne had performed on "Corrina, Corrina", on the album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, and on the outtake "Mixed-Up Confusion", which was eventually released on Biograph.[1][5] Years later, Langhorne played on tracks for Dylan's album Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid.[1][5]

Langhorne composed the music for the Peter Fonda western film The Hired Hand (1971), which combined sitar, fiddle, and banjo. He also provided the scores for Fonda's 1973 science fiction film Idaho Transfer and his 1976 vigilante movie Fighting Mad. Other films featuring Langhorne's scores include Stay Hungry (1976), Melvin and Howard (1980) and Night Warning (1982).[citation needed]

In 1992 Langhorne founded a hot-sauce company, Brother Bru-Bru's African Hot Sauce.[6] The hot sauce is unique for containing "African spices" and all-natural or organic, no-sodium or low-sodium ingredients.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Bruce Langhorne". Allmusic. Retrieved July 22, 2009. 
  2. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Bruce Langhorne Interview". Retrieved November 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Bruce Langhorne Interview". Retrieved November 20, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bruce Langhorne". Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Gray, M. (2008). The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia (revised and updated ed.). Continuum. pp. 395–396. ISBN 978-0-8264-2974-2. 
  6. ^ "African Hot Sauce by Brother Bru-Bru". Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  7. ^ "About". Retrieved November 23, 2016. 

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