#AtoZ Dylan – “Q” is for Quinn the Eskimo

“All I can do is be me, whoever that is.” ~ Bob Dylan

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“Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)” was first recorded during The Basement Tapes sessions in 1967. The song was first released in January 1968 as “Mighty Quinn” by the British band Manfred Mann, who had great success. (source: Wikipedia)

Many believe Dylan created the character of Quinn the Eskimo from the actor Anthony Quinn’s portrayal of an Eskimo in the 1960 file The Savage Innocents. Dylan, however, has been quoted as saying it’s just a nursery rhyme.

Click HERE for a link to the song’s lyrics.

“Quinn the Eskimo” has been covered by Kris Kristofferson, The Hollies, The Grateful Dead, and Joan Osborne, but it’s this original – a 1968 performance by Manfred Mann – that makes the cut: