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Bob Dylan wanted to make a record with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones

Paul and Mick were not down

Sarah Gray
November 8, 2014 3:15AM (UTC)

In upcoming book, "Sound Man,"  legendary producer and engineer Glyn Johns recalls a brief encounter with Bob Dylan, which could have resulted in an incredible collaboration. (Were it not for a couple of wet blankets.)

Johns writes that he met Dylan around the time that Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner had completed his interview with the legendary folk singer, which is probably the year 1969. During that encounter Dylan broached him with a crazy idea: making an album with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. From Rolling Stone:


"Dylan then dropped a bomb. 'He said he had this idea to make a record with the Beatles and the Stones,' Johns writes. 'And he asked me if I would find out whether the others would be interested. I was completely bowled over. Can you imagine the three greatest influences on popular music in the previous decade making an album together?'

"Johns quickly began working the phones. 'Keith and George thought it was fantastic,' he writes. 'But they would since they were both huge Dylan fans. Ringo, Charlie and Bill were amicable to the idea as long as everyone else was interested. John didn't say a flat no, but he wasn't that interested. Paul and Mick both said absolutely not.'"

And since that potentially magical album never came to fruition, here are some fun covers:

Bob Dylan covering the Stones:


And here are the Stones and Dylan together:

And Dylan covers the Beatles:


And here's John Lennon talking to Bob Dylan:

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email

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