Bruce Langhorne, the folk musician and session guitarist that inspired Bob Dylan's classic song "Mr. Tambourine Man," died Friday at his home in Venice, California. He was 78.
Langhorne's friend Cynthia Riddle confirmed the guitarist's death to the New York Times, citing kidney failure as the cause.
Langhorne first recorded alongside Dylan during the sessions for The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan's "Corrina, Corrina" and Dylan's first single "Mixed Up Confusion." He would later play a critical role on 1965's Bringing It All Back Home, where he served as lead guitarist on tracks like "Subterranean Homesick Blues," "Maggie's Farm" and "Outlaw Blues" and provided the notable countermelody to "Mr. Tambourine Man."
"If you had Bruce playing with you, that's all you would need to do just about anything," Dylan wrote in his autobiography Chronicles Volume One.
Langhorne is also credited with inspiring Dylan to pen the song "Mr. Tambourine Man," a legendary cut in its own right that was transformed into a Number One smash by the Byrds.