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Bob Dylan, 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door'
Bob Dylan performs live on stage with The Band at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 30th, 1974. Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns/Getty192/500

192. Bob Dylan, 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door'

Writer: Dylan
Producer: Gordon Carroll
Released: July '73, Columbia
16 weeks; No. 12

Three years had passed since his last studio album, and Dylan seemed at a loss. So he accepted an invitation to go to Mexico for Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, for which he shot a bit part (in the role of "Alias") and did the soundtrack. For a death scene, Dylan delivered this tale of a dying sheriff, who wants only to lay his "guns in the ground."

Appears on: The Essential Bob Dylan (Sony)


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