XPN MusicNotes: Bob Dylan and Paul Simon pay tribute to Muhammad Ali

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Bob Dylan and Muhammad Ali | photo by D.A. Pennebaker | via Time.com

Two music legends have paid tribute to late, boxing icon Muhammad Ali who died Friday at age 74.

Bob Dylan was an amateur boxer as a teenager and praised Ali on his website.

“If the measure of greatness is to gladden the heart of every human being on the face of the earth, then he truly was the greatest. In every way he was the bravest, the kindest and the most excellent of men.”

On Dylan’s 1964 song ‘I Shall Be Free No 10’, he sang about Ali, who was then still known as Cassius Clay.

“I was shadow-boxing earlier in the day
I figured I was ready for Cassius Clay
I said “Fee, fie, fo, fum, Cassius Clay, here I come
26, 27, 28, 29, I’m gonna make your face look just like mine
Five, four, three, two, one, Cassius Clay you’d better run
99, 100, 101, 102, your ma won’t even recognize you
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, gonna knock him clean right out of his spleen”

“I Shall Be Free No 10” appeared on the album: Another Side of Bob Dylan

Ali appeared on stage at Dylan’s concert in New York in 1975, following the release of Dylan’s song ‘Hurricane’

Paul Simon | Photo courtesy of artist
Paul Simon | Photo courtesy of artist

Paul Simon sadly informed fans at his concert Friday night in Los Angeles of the passing of Muhammad Ali. Simon also dedicated ‘The Sound Of Silence’ to Ali during his encore.

Watch fan footage below.

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