RS: Of all the Dylan imitators of the folk-rock Sixties, David Blue was distinctly the most outrageous. In the Seventies...Blue's obsession with Dylan had dwindled.
To: FOLKDJ-L@PSUVM.PSU.EDU Date: Tue, 31 Jan 1995 08:03:34 -0500 From: Mike Regenstreif Ckut Montreal (MREGENS@VAX2.CONCORDIA.CA) Subject: Re: David Blue David Blue did several albums under that name on the Asylum label. He also did at least one album under the name S. David Cohen on Reprise. The Joni Mitchell song "Blue" is written about him and I've seen>explanations of Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now Baby Blue," that say that that song is also about him. I got to know him back in the 1970s when he lived in Montreal for a while during and after a gig playing Leonard Cohen in a stage show based on Leonard's songs. They're not related and I think that the name change was show biz affectation. I don't recall exactly when (early to mid-80s) but David dropped dead while jogging in Washington Square Park in NYC. Apparently he was carrying no ID and his body was not identified for several days. During the period that I knew him, he seemed to have a real problem dealing with the fact that his star had not risen to the heights of some of his friends. BTW, on the cover of "The Basement Tapes" by Bob Dylan & The Band, David (wearing a trench coat and bowler hat) is the guy sitting on the floor next to Rick Danko.
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 13:19:57 -0700 (PDT) From: Will Dockery (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: dylan whos who-david blue To: email@example.com Hello, looking at the dylan whos who- very nice. I have lots of information on David Blue I'd like to add, if possible...(and add more later) just off the top of my head: Albums: "David Blue" (1966) Very heavy Dylan influence on this one, Blonde on Blonde/Highway 61 era. "Me" (as S. David Cohen) one highlight of this record is a song called "sarah" "23 Days In September" Never heard this one...I've searched all over for it... "Nice Baby And The Angel" (1973) probably his best, most fully realized Dylanesque work. Great lyrics and Dylanisms...cool cover of David with a long scarf, looking very pensive and pouting, ala Blonde On Blonde. "Cupid's Arrow" Blue attempts to find more of his own voice, with very good results... "Coming Back For More", not as strong, vocally or musically, though the Dylan influences are way in the back. David Blue had a large role in "Renaldo & Clara" as sort of a narrator... (more later) Will.
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 1995 13:44:16 GMT From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ed Ricardo) Subject: Re: David Blue (XREF from Folk Music DJ Mailing List)Ron Mura (email@example.com) wrote: : ]From MREGENS@VAX2.CONCORDIA.CA Tue Feb 7 13:04:48 1995 : ]To: FOLKDJ-L@PSUVM.PSU.EDU : ]Date: Tue, 31 Jan 1995 08:03:34 -0500 : ]From: Mike Regenstreif Ckut Montreal [MREGENS@VAX2.CONCORDIA.CA] : ]Subject: Re: David Blue : ] The Joni Mitchell song "Blue" is written about him and I've seen : ]explanations of Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now Baby Blue," that say that : ]that song is also about him.It's All Over Now, Baby Blue is more commonly assumed to be related to Paul Clayton....
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 11:08:44 -0700 (PDT) From: Will Dockery (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: David Blue To: email@example.com some other David Blue details: "Stories"(1971) This is the only David Blue album I've been able to locate on CD so far, a German import, and while not my favorite of his works (not as much over the top Dylan cloning, some of which has to be heard to be believed!) is still a solid, if rather slow moving, collection of songs. One song seems to be refering to one of Leonard Cohen's old girlfriends- "Marianna". "Nice Baby And The Angel"(1973)- The song "Outlaw Man" (written by Blue) appeared on this album, a much better (with heavy Dylan touches in the music and singing) than the version later covered by The Eagles. Also of some interest is a line on one of the songs on this album where Blue mentions that he's "Headin' for another joint...", quite some time before the recording of "Tangled Up In Blue", this record, in my opinion, is well worth seeking out, as a curiosity, to see just how far Blue went with his obsession with Dylan, and as a great collection of "Near-Bobs" themselves. Other stand-out cuts that come to mind (haven't listened to this record for a number of years) are "Lady O Lady", "Darlin' Jenny" and "Nice Baby And The Angel". "Cupid's Arrow" (1975) This one, as Rolling Stone pointed out, finds Blue moving closer to finding his own voice, and so doesn't have as many laughs but still is a very listenable record. David's voice, when not affecting the trademark "nasal twang" is deeper, somewhat like Tom Waits...here there's more of a mid-70's "country-rock" flavor, with much more "straightforward" lyrics("Ballad Of Jennifer Lee"). Perhaps Blue was working towards writing more songs for the Eagles to cover. "Coming Back For More" (1977) Bob Dylan plays harmonica on one or two tracks on this one, not very distinctively, though, as I recall.