Contact Us

Odd Couples: When Michael Bolton and Bob Dylan Worked Together

Michael Bolton and Bob Dylan

When Bob Dylan comes calling, it’s usually a good idea to answer. Michael Bolton learned this firsthand when the legendary singer-songwriter contacted him in the early ’90s.

Dylan, fresh off his 1990 Under the Red Sky album, apparently wanted to continue to collaborate with others. (Red Sky included several famous cameos, including Slash, David Crosby, Elton John and Jimmie Vaughan. He’d also been recently writing and recording with the Traveling Wilburys.) Bolton was between projects at the time; he’d released his sixth album, Soul Provider, in 1989, which included five Top 40 hits. Soul Provider also included some guest performers, like Kenny G and Steve Lukather, plus songs cowritten with Diane Warren, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Dylan, however, would be the ultimate collaboration for Bolton, who’d been a fan since his teenage years.

He was, understandably, nervous at first, telling the Hartford Courant at the time, “I thought, ‘How am I going to work with this guy? What if I don’t like one of his lyrics? What if I don’t like an idea he comes up with? What am I going to say? No, Bob, that’s not good enough’? I didn’t know how I was going to write with him.”

What happened when the pair finally sat down to work together? Watch the video below to get the entire odd-couple story.

Subscribe to Highway 98.9 on

Click here to view photo gallery

Next: Top 10 Bob Dylan Lyrics

Best of The Rock Station 99X

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Sign up to have news and information about your community delivered to your email.