Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Composer: Bob Dylan

Knockin' on Heaven's Door was performed four times by the Grateful Dead during the Dylan & The Dead tour in July 1987. One of these performances was with Bob Dylan the other three were just the Grateful Dead. The song was then performed about 70 times by the Grateful Dead between August 1987 and July 1994. On all but a couple of these performances the song was the closing song of shows.

The song was performed over 170 times by the Jerry Garcia Band between 1976 and 1994.

Knockin' On Heaven's Door was written by Dylan in Durango in January 1973. It was first recorded by Dylan in February 1973. The original intention was to have an instrumental version only in Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid but a vocal version was also included. The Directors cut of the film released in 1988 has only the instrumental version.

Grateful Dead

info Dylan And The Dead, 1988
info Ticket to New Year's (video), 1996
info View From The Vault, 2000
info View From The Vault (video/DVD), 2000
info Road Trips: Vol 2, No. 1: MSG, Sept 1990, 2008
info Crimson, White and Indigo, 2010
info Road Trips: Vol 4, Number 2: April Fool's '88, 2011
info Spring 1990 (The Other One), 2014
info Wake Up To Find Out: Nassau Coliseum, 3/29/90, 2014
info 30 Trips Around The Sun Box Set, 2015
info Giants Stadium 1987/1989/1991, 2019

Jerry Garcia

info Run for the Roses, 1982
info The Pizza Tapes, 2000
info Don't Let Go, 2001
info All Good Things: Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions, 2004
info After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80, 2004
info Pure Jerry: Lunt-Fontanne, NYC, 10/31/87, 2004
info Pure Jerry: Merriweather Post Pavilion, September 1 & 2, 1989, 2005
info Pure Jerry: Warner Theatre, March 18, 1978, 2005
info Garcia Plays Dylan, 2005
info The Very Best Of Jerry Garcia, 2006
info The Pizza Tapes: Extra Large Edition, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Tony Rice, 2010
info Garcia Live: June 26, 1981, Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA, JGB, 2013
info On Broadway: Act One: Oct 28, 1987, JGAB/JGB, 2015
info Garcia Live: Vol Seven, Jerry Garcia Band, 2016
info Garcia Live: Vol Ten: May 20, 1990, Jerry Garcia Band, 2018
info Garcia Live: Volume 13: Sept 16, 1989, Jerry Garcia Band, 2020

The Dead

info Dead '09: Uniondale, NY, April 24, 2009


info Feb 19, 2010, Amherst, MA
info Mar 8, 2010, Portland, OR
info Nov 5, 2011, Wilkes-Barre, PA
info February 22, 2013, Broomfield, CO

Dead & Company

info Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Elkhorn, WI, 09 July, 2016
info The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA, 23 July, 2016
info Las Vegas, NV, 27 May, 2017
info Atlanta, GA, 13 Jun, 2017
info Hartford, CT, 22 Nov, 2017
info Dallas, TX, 1 Dec, 2017
info Cincinnati, OH, 4 Jun, 2018
info Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 20 Jun, 2018
info Chula Vista, CA, 6 July, 2018
info Chicago, IL, 14 Jun, 2019
info Uniondale, NY, 6 Nov, 2019
info Darien Center, NY, Aug 25, 2021
info Foxborough, MA, July 2, 2022
info Maryland Heights, MO, June 7, 2023
info Boulder, CO, July 3, 2023
info San Francisco, CA, July 14, 2023


info Atlanta GA: October 12, 2003
info Wilkes-Barre PA: October 21, 2003
info Milwaukee WI: November 1, 2003
info Lawrence KS: November 18, 2003
info Las Vegas NV, February 25, 2004
info Boulder CO, March 16, 2004
info Phoenix AZ, February 5, 2005
info Frederick MD, April 11, 2005
info Providence RI, April 20, 2005
info Washington DC, April 27, 2005
info Covington, KY, June 8, 2005
info Ocean City, MD, August 9, 2005
info Buffalo, NY, October 29, 2005
info Asheville, NC, November 14, 2005
info Long Beach, CA, December 11, 2005
info Poughkeepsie, NY, March 28, 2006
info Morrison, CO, July 2, 2006
info Geneva NY, October 30, 2006
info Las Vegas NV, February 11, 2007
info Springfield MA, March 15, 2007
info Lincoln RI, July 11, 2007
info Columbus OH, July 17, 2007
info Bristow VA, August 14, 2007
info Westbury, NY, October 31, 2007
info Charlotte, NC, November 8, 2007
info Cleveland, OH, March 26, 2008
info Wantagh, NY, August 13, 2008
info Hartford, CT, August 20, 2008
info Westbury, NY, October 30, 2008
info Newark, NJ, November 12, 2008
info Atlanta, GA, July 17, 2009
info New York, NY, October 22, 2009
info Washington DC, February 17, 2014
info Buffalo, NY, March 4, 2014
info St. Louis, MO, March 10, 2014

Weir/Robinson/Greene Trio

info June 2, 2012, Boulder Theatre, Boulder, CO, 2012

Scaring The Children

info 1/5/11, Teatro Carlo Felice, Jam Cruise 9, US, Scaring The Children, 2011

Bob Dylan

info Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, 1973
no info Single (Knockin' On Heaven's Door / Turkey Chase), 1973
info Before the Flood, 1974
info Masterpieces, 1978
info At Budokan, 1978
info Biograph, 1985
info Rock Classics of the 70s, Various Artists, 1989
info Rock Classics of the 70s: Vol. 2, Various Artists, 1989
info Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, 1993
info Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Volume 3, 1994
info The Rolling Stone Collection - 25 Years of Essential Rock, Various Artists, 1994
no info The Rolling Stone Collection - 1971-1973, Various Artists, 1994
info Unplugged, 1995
info Best Of Bob Dylan, 1997
info The All Time Greatest Rock Songs Of The 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s, Various Artists, 1997
info Movie Music: The Definitive Performances, Various Artists, 1999
info Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century, 1999
info The Essential Bob Dylan, 2000
info The Very Best Of, Bob Dylan, 2000
info Bob Dylan Live 1961-2000, 2001
info Live 1975: The Rolling Thunder Revue: Bootleg Series, Vol. 5, 2002
info Best Of Bob Dylan, 2005
info Dylan, 2007 (single CD)
info Dylan, 2007 (3 CD)
info Playlist: The Very Best of Bob Dylan '70s, Bob Dylan, 2009
info Essential Bob Dylan Limited Edition 3.0, Bob Dylan, 2009
info Beyond Here Lies Nothin': The Collection, Bob Dylan, 2011
info Music & Photos, Bob Dylan, 2013
no info Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13: 19791981 (Deluxe Box), Bob Dylan, 2017

Other recordings

This list is not intended to be comprehensive.

no info England, Amazing Blondel, 1972
no info G T Moore and The Reggae Guitars, G T Moore and The Reggae Guitars, 1974
info Play The Best Of Dylan, Strings For Pleasure, 1974
no info Sings The Best of Bob Dylan, Joe Caine, 1974
no info Roger McGuinn and Band, Roger McGuinn And Band, 1975
no info Try And Love Again, Booker T Jones, 1978
no info Multiple Flash, Pete Carr, 1978
no info Tribute To Bob Dylan, Bill Collins, 1978
no info Last Night Of A Pub Rock Band, Ducks Deluxe, 1981
no info Swingshift, Cold Chisel, 1981
no info Blow Up, Television, 1982
no info Time Pieces: Best of Eric Clapton, Eric Clapton, 1982
no info After Midnight, Eric Clapton, 1984
no info Backtrackin', Eric Clapton, 1984
no info Time Pieces, Vol. 2: Live in the '70s, Eric Clapton, 1985
no info Lost Weekend, Danny & Dusty, 1985
no info Who Knows Where The Time Goes, Sandy Denny, 1986
no info Crossroads, Eric Clapton, 1988
info Double Dose, Heart Of Gold Band, 1989
no info Rich and Poor, Randy Crawford, 1989
info Songs Of Dylan: As Performed By Fifteen Great Artists, Various Artists (Eric Clapton), 1989
no info Doctor Jeep, Sisters of Mercy, 1990
no info Use Your Illusion II, Guns N' Roses, 1991
no info Days of Thunder Soundtrack, Various Artists (Guns N' Roses), 1991
info The Bob Dylan Songbook, Various Artists (Stan Campbell), 1991
no info The Bob Dylan Songs, Various Artists (Randy Crawford), 1992
no info Western Movie Themes, Various Artists (Bruno Bertone Orchestra), 1993
info The Music of Bob Dylan, London Sound & Art Orchestra, 1993
no info The Very Best of Randy Crawford, Randy Crawford, 1994
info Dead Ringers, Dead Ringers, 1994
no info The Cream of Clapton, Eric Clapton, 1995
info Bob Dylan: His Legacy Of Songs, London Pops Orchestra, 1996
no info Blues Ballads, Alex Bollard Assembly, 1996
no info Gonna Take You Downtown, Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers, 1996
no info Crossroads 2: Live in the Seventies, Eric Clapton, 1996
no info Rock Dreams: Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 1996
no info Love Jams, Vol. 1, Various Artists (Randy Crawford / Eric Clapton / David Sanborn), 1996
no info The Best of Randy Crawford, Randy Crawford, 1996
no info The Roots of Rock: Rock 'n' Reggae, Various Artists (Eric Clapton), 1996
no info Single, Dunblane, 1996
info Furthur, Various Artists, 1997
no info Heavenly, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 1997
no info I Wanna Rock Ya, Gregg Smith, 1997
info May Your Song Always Be Sung: The Songs of Bob Dylan, Various Artists (Leningrad Cowboys), 1997
no info And The Times They Were A-Changin', Various Artists (Eric Clapton), 1998
no info A Journey Through the Past, Absolute Grey, 1998
info Heart Of Gold Band, Heart Of Gold Band, 1998
info Welcome To Our World (For Members Only), JGB, 1998
no info Sing The Beatles and Bob Dylan, The Paragons, 1998
no info My Heart Will Go On, Ricki Erik, 1998
no info The Best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 1998
no info The Best of Smooth Jazz, Vol. 3, Various Artists (Eric Clapton), 1998
no info Double Up: Timepieces/Timepieces, Vol. 2, Eric Clapton, 1998
infoPickin' on Dylan, Various Artists (Al DiMarco / David West), 1999
no info The Best of Eric Clapton, Eric Clapton, 1999
no info Live Era: '87-'93, Guns N' Roses, 1999
no info Pickin' on Clapton, Various Artists (Kenny Malone / Mark Thornton / Bryan Sutton), 1999
no info Wearside, Red Alert, 1999
no info Knocking on Heaven's Door, Arthur Louis & Eric Clapton, 1999
no info Reggae Party 1999, Various Artists (Eric Clapton), 1999
no info Great Bait - Columbia In-Store Sampler, Various Artists (Heaven), 19??
info Duluth Does Dylan, Various Artists (Crazy Betty), 2000
info Dylan For Dollars, Various Artists (Soul Inc. with Cosmo), 2000
no info Best of Randy Crawford & Friends, Randy Crawford, 2000
no info The Woodstock Sessions: Songs of Bob Dylan, Various Artists (Chris Wilson & Andrew Pendlebury), 2000
info Plays Bob Dylan, London Unity Orchestra, 2000
info The Midnight Special, Tokyo Bob with Never Mending Tour Band, 2001
info Beth Loves Bob, Beth Scalet, 2001
infoTangled Up In Bluegrass, Various Artists (Al DiMarco / David West), 2001
no info The Best of Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-Rollers, Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers, 2001
no info Non-Stop Dance Party: Reggae, Various Artists (All Star Dance Band), 2001
no info Ultimate Collection, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 2001
no info United Voices of Africa, Vol. 2, Various Artists (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), 2001
no info Voices of Hope: Sabera Foundation, Various Artists (Bob Dylan with Calcutta's Sabera Foundation Girls), 2002
info Highway 61 Revisited, Highway 61 Revisited, 2002
no info Perform The Hits of Bob Dylan, The Hanaway Band, 2002
info Blowin' In The Wind: A Reggae Tribute to Bob Dylan, Various Artists (Judy Mowatt), 2002
no info Hits, Randy Crawford, 2002
no info My Life, John Daly, 2002
no info Masquerade, Wyclef Jean, 2002
no info The Essentials, David Sanborn, 2002
no info Flickering Flame: The Solo Years, Vol. 1, Roger Waters, 2002
info The String Quartet Tribute to Bob Dylan, The String Quartet, 2003
info Is It Rolling Bob? A Reggae Tribute to Bob Dylan, Various Artists (Luciano), 2004
info Woodstock Generation, Various Artists (Roger McGuin), 2004
info Blood On The Multitracks: Doctor X Does Dylan, Doctor X, 2004
info Is It Rolling Bob? Dub Versions, Various Artists (Luciano), 2005
info Tracks Inspired By Bob Dylan, Various Artists (Warren Zevon), 2005
info North Country: Pickin' on Bob Dylan, Various Artists, 2006
no info Live at Thirteen, The Tequila Mockingbirds, 2006
info If Your Memory Serves You Well, Les Fradkin, 2006
info After The Crash, Dylanesque, 2006
info Unplugged Tribute To Bob Dylan, Stewart Michaels, 2007
info I'm Not There Soundtrack, Various Artists (Antony & The Johnsons), 2007
info Dylan Different, Ben Sidran, 2009
info Knockin' On Bob's Door, The Persuasions, 2010
info DylanGrass, The Grassmasters, 2010
info The Zimmerman Shadow, Jef Lee Johnson, 2010
info How Many Roads: Black America Sings Bob Dylan, Various Artists (Booker T Jones), 2010
info Like a Road Leading Home, Sofia Laiti, 2011
info Live, Beacon Theater, NYC, 3/15/11, Allman Brothers Band, 2011
info Diggin' On Dylan, Denny Freeman, 2012
info Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan, Various Artists (RedOne), 2012
info Live, Beacon Theater, NYC, 3/12/13, Allman Brothers Band, 2013
info Live At The Fillmore 1997, Tom Petty, 2022

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