He Was A Friend Of Mine

Song composer(s)

Traditional

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

No Dead related recordings entered

Other Recordings

Rolf Cahn and Eric Von Schmidt : Rolf Cahn and Eric Von Schmidt (1961)
Dave Van Ronk, Folksinger : Dave Van Ronk (1963)
The Folk Blues Of Eric Von Schmidt : Eric Von Schmidt (1963)
Turn! Turn! Turn! : The Byrds (1965)
Hey Joe : Leaves (1966)
Fred Pike, Bill Rawlings & the Twin River Boys (1967)
Inside Dave Van Ronk : Dave Van Ronk (1969)
Ain't Nothing But the Blues : Judy Roderick (196?)
Best of the Byrds: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 : The Byrds (1972)
Play It Like It Is : The Country Gentlemen (197?)
The Byrds (Box Set) : The Byrds (1990)
Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 : Bob Dylan (1991)
20 Essential Tracks from the Byrds Box Set (1965-1990) : The Byrds (1992)
Monterey International Pop Festival Box Set : Various Artists (Byrds) (1992)
Friend Of Mine : Bill Morrisey (1993)

Notes

Lead vocals - Garcia.

Recorded by Dylan, on Nov 11, 1961, for his first album but not used until issued on the Bootleg Series in 1991. Dylan has said that he adapted it from a song he learnt from Blind Arvella Gray, a Chicago street singer.

Roger McGuin used the Dylan arrangement but rewrote the lyrics for the Byrds version. Writing credits are sometimes given on recordings to Bob Dylan or Roger McGuin.