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Bruce Langhorne

PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2004 10:06 pm
by davidt
I did enjoy the ping pong with Stewart Levine last night.

Particulary the revelation that Bruce Langhorne had lost 3 fingers.
Django had only 2 damaged fingers on his fretting hand, and you can see
how he coped with that in the surviving film clips. Bascially pretty

But I wondered how on earth could Bruce play the Mr Tambourine Man licks
with 3 fingers missing ?? which would only mean 1 left on your fretting
hand !

So I did a bit of web browsing and came up with the answer.

Bruce damaged his "picking" hand not his "fretting" hand.
There's a description by actor Peter Fonda further down that webpage
about how he did it and how he coped with that.

A great and under-rated guitarist I think, who made that Dylan album
(Bringing it all back home) even more special than it would have been
without him.
Mr Tambourine Man is supposed to have been inspired by him according to
rumour and gossip.

Bruce is also connected with Richie Havens, and the first time I ever
saw a photograph of him it was on the back of a Clancy Brothers and
Tommy Makem album!

Thanks again for a great show.


David Thomas

Bruce Langhorne

PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 8:41 am
by David Godwin
What an interesting link and article!! that's the very first time that I have seen a picture of the "famous" Tambourine. Mr Tambourine Man is such an unusual song, insofar as it has an unreservedly upbeat optimistic feel; I can think of few Dylan songs of this nature. It looks to me as if Bruce had lost his thumb, index and middle fingers, and so, I guess, was playing bass notes with his ring finger and treble notes with his little finger. He must have a very strong little finger. I have a feeling that the guitar part on "Don't think twice its allright" on "Freewheeling" is entirely Bruce Langhorne.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2004 6:56 pm
by NormanD
I know that Richard Myers (late of this parish) is a great fan of Bruce Langhorne, so I hope he knows there's been some recent discussion and acknowledgment of this long-overlooked great man. For even more info on Bruce Langhorne, check out: There's a 1961 photo of BL with the lovely Carolyn Hester (recently a guest on Danny Baker's morning show), Bill Lee (bass-playing father of Spike), and the incredibly young-looking Bob Dylan (wearing THAT hat which he probably wore in bed for all I know).

I find musicians like Bruce Langhorne endlessly fascinating - they're frequently little known and too often may be seen as second-stringers, but have been involved in so many significant musical developments. A thread on other musicians who fit this pattern would be interesting. Any takers??

PS ....and on the subject of hip photos, I recently saw one of Marlon Brando and Dylan together in 1966. Dylan's hair was just starting to frizz into the Blonde On Blonde look. His polka dot shirt in the photo may have been the one he wore at Newport '65 when he plugged in and changed the pop music world. Brando just looks...Brando (the beatnik bongo player).

PPS ....sorry, I forgot. This is not the site to discuss fashion notes. We'll be discussing Mariza's hair gel next, and we're far too serious for that.

Bruce Langhorne

PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2004 7:17 pm
by David Godwin
... and isn't it tempting to say that, if Bruce Langhorne is "Mr Tambourine Man", then Dylan himself is the "ragged clown" to whom "no mind" should be paid.

No Direction Home

PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2005 11:52 am
by D Godwin
I tried to resist, but only lasted four days. I suppose that you can't change the habit of a lifetime, or at least the best part of a lifetime. I got hold of "No Direction Home". I am posting this because of the beautiful version of "She Belongs to me", surely better than the "published" version. This take has guitar and bass backing only, and the playing of Bruce Langhorne is therefore accentuated, and is absolutely wonderful. He has such a fluid style; I can't think of anyone else who plays like this.

Re: Bruce Langhorne

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:52 pm
by uiwangmike
A thread that goes back many years, but this update was linked on the fRoots fb page. ... ourine-man