Bruce Langhorne, credited with inspiring Bob Dylan's hit song "Mr. Tambourine Man" in the mid-60s, died from kidney failure Friday at his home in Venice, California. He was 78.
Langhorne was a frequent collaborator with Dylan, noted The Associated Press.
Dylan spoke glowingly of Langhorne in "Chronicles," his 2004 autobiography, said website Ultimate Classic Rock.
"If you had Bruce playing with you, that's all you would need to do just about anything," Dylan said of Langhorne.
The website said Langhorne was one of the lead contributors on Dylan's "Bringing It All Back Home" album in 1965. Dylan was working on "Mr. Tambourine Man" when he saw Langhorne come to a recording session with a Turkish drum and bells.
That led to Dylan writing the lyrics "In the jingle-jangle morning I'll come follow you."
Langhorne was one of the few African-Americans connected with the Greenwich Village folk movement, where he performed with other influential artists of the genre, including Joan Baez, Gordon Lightfoot, and Buffy Sainte-Marie, according to website Premier Guitar and The AP.
According to Premier Guitar, Langhorne said, "The connection I had with Bobby was telepathic, and when I use that word, I mean it. Between the two of us, that level of communication was always very strong. I played on every song on 'Bringing It All Home.' Some of those numbers were barely rehearsed. Some were done in one or two takes."
Langhorne composed the soundtrack for the Peter Fonda movie "The Hired Hand," which was hailed by the film's editor Frank Mazzola, per Premier Guitar.
"The work Bruce produced was years ahead of its time and yet remains unique," Mazzola said.
Langhorne played with folksinger Odetta at the 1963's March on Washington before Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech in front of 300,000 people.
Fans remembered Langhorne on social media.
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