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Mr. Tambourine Man, the #1 Hit 48 Years Ago

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On this day in 1965, The Byrds topped the UK singles chart with their cover of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man." It was the first time a Dylan song reached that spot, and it marked the mainstream emergence of "folk rock," in which rock sensibilities melded with folk lyrics. Tonight, let's look back at some memorable performances of the tune.

Bob Dylan, Newport Folk Festival, 1964

Dylan in fine form -- slightly forgetful, but somehow completely in charge. Introduced by Pete Seeger, Dylan's voice is beautiful, the performance is nicely filmed, and he was just 23. "Let me forget about today until tomorrow."

The Byrds, "Hullabaloo," 1965

"Cast your dancing spell my way; I promise to go under it." The Byrds and a roomful of screaming kids on NBC's short-lived "Hullabaloo."

For an alternate version, check out this TV appearance in which the vocal mix is all messed up until midway through the performance.

Odetta, 1965

No video, but a classic Odetta performance (plus standup bass) nonetheless.

Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky
With one hand waving free
Silhouetted by the sea
Circled by the circus sands
Driving memory and fate
Deep beneath the waves
Let me forget about today until tomorrow

William Shatner, 1968

Yep, Shatner went there. Here's a fan video featuring seemingly random Star Trek stills set to Shatner's original audio from his 1968 album, The Transformed Man. "In the...jingle...jangle-mornin'...I'll come followin' ya." Far out, Captain.

PS22 Chorus, 2013

Wow. I wasn't expecting this level of sweetness.

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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