Song of the Day: The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man”

Singer-songwriter Roger McGuinn (also known as Jim McGuinn), lead guitarist of the rock band The Byrds, was born in Chicago 80 years ago today. After seeing George Harrison playing his Rickenbacker 360/12 guitar in the movie A Hard Day’s Night, McGuinn bought one for himself, and it became an integral part of the band’s sound. The Bob Dylan composition "Mr. Tambourine Man" was the title track and lead single from their 1965 debut album, and reached #1 in the US and the UK, #2 in Germany, and #3 in The Netherlands.

11 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man”

  1. This song is what possessed me to go out around 10 years ago and look for an electric 12 string. I didn’t want to pay a fortune for a Rick so I found one on Ebay… a modified electric 12 string Danelectro with Seymour Duncan pickups and the metal nut replaced with a regular one. I still have it and I can get that Rick sound.


    1. There was an episode of “The Beverly Hillbillies” where Jed plays a doubleneck Dano with the lipstick tube pickups. I heavily coveted one until I had my stroke and put an end to my playing days…

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      1. I have two… the 12 string and a regular 6 string not modified. They give you a sound like no other. Some people look down on them but I love my 12-string…it hasn’t failed me yet.

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