Song of the Day: Fairport Convention, “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”

Singer Sandy Denny was born on this day in 1947. As lead singer for the folk-rock band Fairport Convention, she was described as “the pre-eminent British folk-rock singer.” Hers was a hard life, marked with alcohol and drug abuse, possibly as a self-treatment for bipolar disorder, and she died in 1978 at the age of just 31. “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” was a song written by Bob Dylan for the 1973 movie Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid.

19 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Fairport Convention, “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”

  1. This is a new-to-me-rendition of ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’. Wow. I also didn’t realize Bob Dylan had written the song for the movie ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid’. A version of the song that was powerful for me is Eric Clapton singing it at the end scene in ‘Lethal Weapon 2’.

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