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Dylan's Grammy acceptance speech, February 25, 1998
....And I just want to say that when I was sixteen or seventeen years old, I went to see Buddy Holly play at Duluth National Guard Armory and I was three feet away from him...and he looked at me.
And I just have some sort of feeling that he was—I don't know how or why—but I know he was with us all the time we were making this record in some kind of way. In the words of, you know, the immortal Robert Johnson, "the stuff we got'll bust your brains out", and we tried to get that across...
Dylan was in fact 17 when he saw Buddy Holly, just three days before Holly's death at age 22, in the infamous plane crash of Feb. 3, 1959.
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Quoted text is from Bob Dylan's acceptance speech upon winning the
Grammy award for album of the year, for his 1997 release Time Out Of Mind.
Used by kind permission.