RE/MX: High Fidelity

Dylan Got the Beatles Stoned in a Trump Hotel

By David Jenison

Forty-three years ago today, the Beatles reportedly got stoned for the first time, and the person responsible was none other than Bob Dylan. Earlier that night on August 28, 1964, the Fab Four performed at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens, New York, and afterwards Dylan joined the band at The Delmonico Hotel on Park Avenue and introduced them to cannabis. Shortly after the September 11 attacks, Donald Trump took advantage of the soft real estate market and bought the iconic hotel, changing its name to the Trump Park Avenue. 

The Bard would not crack the U.S. radio charts until the following year, but earlier in 1964 he cracked the British Top 10 with "The Times They Are a-Changin'” (featured above), making it the first Dylan track to make any music chart. All these years later, the lyrics make it the perfect anthem for the legalization movement: "Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call / Don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall… / There's a battle outside and it is ragin'." 

 

Chubby Checker - “Stoned in the Bathroom”

Sublime - “Smoke Two Joints”

The Rolling Stones vs. The Beatles - “I Wanna Be Your Man”

Afro-Cuban All-Stars - "Tangá”

Chrome Sparks - “Marijuana”

Sia - “Breathe Me” (Four Tet Remix)

Jimi Hendrix - “Purple Haze”

Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"

Flobots - “Pray” (Extended)

Coolio - “I’m in Love with Mary Jane”

KRS-One - “I Can’t Wake Up (I’m a Blunt)”

Cab Calloway - “Reefer Man”

Neil Diamond - “Pot Smoker’s Song” (a.k.a. the lamest drug song ever)

Sister Nancy - “Bam Bam”

George Harrison - “Here Comes the Sun”