Bob Dylan Performs on David Letterman

Bob Dylan doesn’t perform much on late-night television. But when he does, he makes it memorable.

On Tuesday night (May 19), Dylan did just that when he appeared as the musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman. It was Letterman’s next-to-last show ever.

Related: Musical Legacy of David Letterman and The Late Show

Dressed in a black suit with red trim, a white shirt and a black string tie, Dylan sang “The Night We Called It a Day,” a jazz standard from the 1940s that appeared on Dylan’s recent album, the Frank Sinatra tribute Shadows in the Night. Dylan’s voice took the lead against a smoky, late-night arrangement that stayed true to the studio version.

“Beautiful,” Letterman said, stepping up to greet Dylan once the song finished. “Thank you, Bob.” He turned then to the band, obviously impressed with the superbly low-key performance, noting, “all brushes.”

Related: Bill Murray Jumps Out of a Cake, Drinks Vodka on Final ‘Letterman’ Appearance

Earlier, Letterman’s guests included Bill Murray, Regis Philbin and Rupert Jee, frequent Letterman guest and owner of the Hello Deli next door to the Ed Sullivan Theater.

Watch a video of Bob Dylan’s Letterman performance


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