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Mixed-Up Confusion is a song written and recorded by Bob Dylan, and released as his first single.

The song was recorded with an electric band on November 14, 1962 during the sessions for The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, but was not used on that album, which, aside from "Corrina, Corrina", was entirely acoustic. Instead the song, backed with "Corrina, Corrina" (a different take from the Freewheelin' one), a traditional blues song, appeared as Dylan's first single, released in the U.S. on December 14, 1962 as Columbia 4-42656.[1] According to legend, Dylan wrote the song in a cab on the way to the Columbia Studios for the recording session.[2]

A different version of the song -- a November 1, 1962 recording with much later overdubbing -- was released on the compilation album Masterpieces in 1978, and on the original 1985 issue of the Biograph box set.[1] [3] (The 1997 reissue of Biograph includes a stereo version of the November 14, 1962 single recording, in place of this alternative version.)[3]

Both sides of the single are now available, in mono, as bonus tracks on the 2-CD Jasmine release Carolyn Hester Introduces Bob Dylan.


  • Bob Dylan (guitar, harmonica, vocal)
  • George Barnes (guitar)
  • Bruce Langhorne (guitar)
  • Dick Wellstood (piano)
  • Gene Ramey (bass)
  • Herb Lovelle (drums)

Produced by John Hammond[1]