It has not happened very often that someone has taken a Bob Dylan song and made it their own but such was the case with “Mr. Tambourine Man” by The Byrds.
Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, and Michael Clarke took Dylan’s sparse version, which was a part of his BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME album, added electric guitars and tight harmonies to the mix, to create one of the better singles of the era. It was all powered by McGuinn’s 12-string guitar.
Released during the spring of 1965, it reached the number one position on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
More importantly it helped to establish the folk/rock movement and was the the Byrds first step on their journey to The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.