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Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour

One of the delights of my MP3 player is listening to my downloaded podcasts of the Bob Dylan Theme Time Radio Hour. I’ll take the dog out for a walk and get lost in a world of blues, R&B, country, gospel and jazz punctuated by Dylan’s oblique sardonic comments.

The top of the show is one of my favourite parts, brief vignettes announced by a woman presenter with a husky, smoky voice e.g.

“It’s night time in the big city. Three homeless men share a bottle around a trash can inferno. A rock goes through a window on 12th St. It’s time for Theme Time Radio Hour with your host Bob Dylan”

Dylan’s intros are brilliant too

“For the next hour we are going to examine the involuntary, unconscious activity known as laughter. We can consciously inhibit it, but we can’t consciously produce it. It’s impossible to laugh on command. You can fake an orgasm, but you can’t fake laughter.”


If you’re quick you can listen to The Cops and Robbers show but if you look carefully there are plenty places they can be downloaded.

Sometimes tracks will come on which I feel are personally directed at me! For example how about this from The Bailes Brothers?

17 – Whiskey Is The Devil (In Liquid Form) Bailes Brothers Click to Play

Or for Haloween how about “The Charmer” alias Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in a previous incarnation singing Zombie Jamboree? This time including Dylan’s voiceover.

The Charmer Zombie Jamboree – Click Here to Play

Happy Listening!


For Halloween

I posted this on my old Vox blog last year at Halloween. However at that time I had an average of about 25 people a day stopping by instead of over 400 who look in now. This is a fascinating clip from one of the wonderful Bob Dylan Radio Theme Hour shows. Here Bob introduces us to ‘The Charmer’ a 1950’s calypso artist. You’ll never guess who he became in later life.

The Charmer

If the above doesn’t work try THIS

The Right Charmer

For Halloween


The Calypso track mentioned over at Alastair's (see below) was Zombie Jamboree by The Charmer (aka Louis Farrakhan). As Alastair is on holiday (but has still managed to post every day!) he couldn't upload this track. So complete with intro from Bob Dylan (he featured it on his theme time radio hour Halloween special), here it is.



zombie jamboree

The Charmer


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