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"Man of Constant Sorrow," Covered

Erica Palan
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On this date in 1962, beloved artist Bob Dylan released his self-titled first album. The track list included "Man of Constant Sorrow," a song originally recorded by Dick Burnett, a partially blind fiddler. It later saw renewed popularity when it was featured prominently in George Clooney's O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Here, six versions—including Dylan's first TV performance—of the tune.

Bob Dylan

This is Bob Dylan's first TV appearance in 1963.

The Soggy Bottom Boys

This version was featured in the George Clooney film, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? in 2000.

Alison Krauss and Union Station

The famed bluegrass singer and her group performed this song live.

Charm City Devils

A little more hard rock than bluegrass ...


A truly unique version done in the folkabaret style.

Rod Stewart

The video isn't much to look at, but this version was released in 1969 on "An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down."