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Album: Planet WavesReleased: 1974
Dylan had four children between 1966-1969, including his youngest Jakob, who went on to front The Wallflowers. In 1974, he got back together with his original backing group The Band, and recorded Planet Waves, which included this uplifting message from a parent to a child. The song has endured as one of Dylan's classics, and in 2009 it was remixed by will.i.am for a popular Pepsi commercial.
Some of the many artists to cover this song include Joan Baez (1976), Diana Ross (1984), The Pretenders (1994), Susan Anton (2001) and Meat Loaf (2003). Chrissie Hynde
of The Pretenders said of the song: "It's got such a beautiful lyric. I just love it. He's the pride of our generation. The song is genius."
Dylan performed this with The Band on Thanksgiving, 1976 at The Band's "Last Waltz" concert, which was made into a film and released in 1978 along with a very popular soundtrack album.
Dylan included two versions of this song on the Planet Waves album: a slow version followed by a more uptempo take labeled "Forever Young (Continued)."
In 2008, illustrator Paul Rodgers published an illustrated children's book based on this song. Dylan's lyrics are used to form the story.
Blake Shelton covered the song for the 2015 family movie Max. The Nashville star is joined on the track by former The Voice team member Gwen Sebastian, who lends harmonies. Their version also served as a trailer for the film.
17-year-old English singer Louisa Johnson performed the song live on The X Factor UK
final on December 13, 2015. She released her cover
as the winner's single immediately after winning the show, peaking at #9 on the UK chart.