Longtime Bob Dylan associate and folk singer Bob Neuwirth died on May 18th in Santa Monica, California at age 82, according to Rolling Stone. Neuwirth, who made his bones in the early-'60s Cambridge, Massachusetts folk scene became a constant companion and foil for Bob Dylan in the years leading up to his 1966 motorcycle crash. He claimed he was uncredited for contributing to Dylan's 1965 “Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues” having reportedly written the legendary opening line, “When you're lost in the rain in Juarez, and it's Easter time too.“
Bob Neuwirth, whose body is featured on the cover of Dylan's 1965 Highway 61 Revisited album, appeared in 1967's Don't Look Back documentary — and toured with Dylan as part of the 1975/'76 Rolling Thunder Revue. He's also feature prominently in the docu-drama of the tour, 1977's Renaldo & Clara.
He was an early supporter of Patti Smith, co-wrote “Mercedes Benz:” with Janis Joplin, and introduced her to her signature hit, a cover of Kris Kristofferson's “Me And Bobby McGee.”