The Great Wandu wrote:
Wow--that Bobby Fuller song is haunting! I hear the resemblance. Any excuse to pull out the BFF records is always welcome. Saw his brother at Norton Records Anniversary wingding & it was a real thrill.
Haunting indeed. I wrote about Randy Fuller and the Norton Records Anniversary in another thread:
The simple "Earth Angel" music is soothing, so deeply familiar that it lowers our guard.
You could be more specific here. Instead of "simple 'Earth Angel' music" it would pay to consider, as The Mighty Monkey of Mim pointed out in another thread, that there is an exact template for the song: "A New Shade of Blue" by the Bobby Fuller Four. http://youtu.be/3SmZedG9sVw
In the song "Dirt" Lou Reed sings, "Hey, you remember that song by this guy from Texas whose name was Bobby Fuller?" Bob Dylan clearly remembers. Things to consider would be Bob Dylan's affection for the music of Buddy Holly. You could start out by pointing to Dylan's Grammy speech for Time Out of Mind
where he said, about Buddy, "I know he was with us all the time we were making this record in some kind of way."
Bobby Fuller was the heir apparent to Buddy Holly and, for gung ho record collectors and rock 'n' roll fans, Dylan's use of Fuller's music as a touchstone resonates loudly. "Soon After Midnight" is the ghost of "A New Shade of Blue" and, to some ears, Fuller haunts the song.
If you need additional reference points you could check out this clip of Theme Time Radio Hour
regular Deke Dickerson playing with Bobby's brother Randy and original Bobby Fuller Four drummer DeWayne Quirico last year at the Norton Records 25th Anniversary bash: http://youtu.be/1nk7B4u1ywE
. Norton Records honcho Miriam Linna, who Dylan mentions by name on an episode of Theme Time Radio Hour
, has been working on a biography of Bobby Fuller. Read about it here: http://bobbyfullerbio.blogspot.com/
In another clip that you can find on YouTube from that performance Deke, in his intro to "Let Her Dance," says, "I know you guys are like me, we've listened to these records ten million times..." For the crowd at that soirée those words rang true. There is an alternate world where Bobby Fuller is considered a king and his music and legacy loom large. In order to add some additional perspective on where Dylan might be coming in this song you need to be aware of this.