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Bob Dylan a hit-maker in the '80s? No, but he got this song close



Like a lot of other SIT80's Nation, I grew up hearing the accolades of Bob Dylan, but never really understanding the appeal of the man with the squeaky, conversational and distinctive voice. However, one Dylan song I can get behind is his highest charting single of the ‘80s: Sweetheart Like You.

Bob Dylan was the innovator of the folk rock in the ‘60s and will always have a core of music lovers that will declare his deity among music's elite. Many times on Lost and Found I make the argument that a dino-rocker actually had their best success in the ‘80s, but there is no case to be made for Dylan. Of his 12 Top 40 hits, all were all before 1979 and even when he teamed up with the Traveling Wilburys in the late ‘80s, the super group had a hugely successful album, but no Top 40 singles.

Sweetheart Like You was Dylan's highest charting solo record in the ‘80s making it to No. 55 at the beginning of 1984. The video was played frequently on MTV and is endearing for the elderly cleaning woman who watches the band play a song about a woman "in a dump like this." Mark Knopfler produced the Infidels album and the sweet guitar solo on Sweetheart Like You sure sounds like his handy work, but it is not Knopfler playing, nor is it the Carla Olsen who is featured in the video. The smooth solo is actually performed by former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor.

At 73 years of age, Minnesotan Dylan is releasing his "Basement Tape" collection and is still performing and will brave the cold again to tour the northeast this winter.


[Last modified: Thursday, November 13, 2014 5:08pm]


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