The Story Behind Bob Dylan’s Early Single ‘Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?’

Bob Dylan "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?"

Since today is [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Dylan[/lastfm]’s 70th birthday, here’s a very interesting story about one of his most collectible 45s.

“Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” was released by Columbia Records as the follow-up single to “Positively 4th Street” and radio stations received promotion copies the last week of 1965. By January it was in record stores, but there were a few lucky fans who had actually bought it earlier due to a pressing plant mistake!

Some copies of “Positively 4th Street”, when played, were not that song but an earlier, slower version of “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” instead. Those copies were quickly withdrawn from the market and are highly sought after today.

This version isn’t on YouTube. But we got our hands dirty and found it for your enjoyment!

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Dylan[/lastfm] “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?”

Since the authorized version of the record didn’t make it to the shelves until four months later, another act actually beat out Dylan by releasing their version of the song late in 1965. They were a Long Island band known as [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]the Vacels[/lastfm], on Kama Sutra records. Lead singer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ricky Ricano[/lastfm] later went on to become a member of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jay & The Americans[/lastfm].

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Vacels[/lastfm] “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?”

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