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Bob Dylan's Greatest Hit Was First Rejected

In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine named the greatest rock 'n' roll song of all time. Their selection, Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” was not a huge surprise. Dylan’s opus is at the top of several such lists. It was recorded on June 15, 1965, in Studio A at the headquarters of Columbia Records. A few days later, Dylan and his manager listened to the edited tape and were convinced it would be a hit. They expected their record company to release it immediately.

Most of the people at Columbia who heard “Like a Rolling ...

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