Happy 50th, 'Blowin' in the Wind'!
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In a bit of gig trivia Sceneroller loves, the New York Times notes that April 16, 2012, marked the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's first public performance of "Blowin' in the Wind." According to the Times, the debut of Dylan's signature song took place at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village at a time when "Blowin' in the Wind" comprised only two verses. "He soon realized it needed another section and wrote the "how many years can a mountain exist" verse. The next month he published the song in Broadside magazine, though Dylan's recorded version wouldn't appear on shelves until August of 1963.
"The long gap between the writing and the release of 'Blowin' In The Wind' caused some trouble. New Jersey high school student Lorre Wyatt performed the song for his school in November of 1962 and (like a scene straight out of The Squid & The Whale) claimed he wrote it. His school paper reported the song as a Wyatt original, and the claim was repeated in an infamous Newsweek story about Dylan in 1963."