1963 BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND
Peter, Paul & Mary
Decades after its debut, this is still a favorite in the social-activist songbook, perhaps because it poses hard questions but leaves the listener to provide solutions. The story starts in the folk venues of Greenwich Village, where Peter, Paul & Mary get their start in ‘61—as does a young Bob Dylan. He debuts Blowin' in the Wind at Gerde's Folk City in April ‘62. Before he starts to sing, a bootleg recording catches his disclaimer, “This here ain't no protest song or anything like that, 'cause I don't write no protest songs.” A few months later, Peter, Paul & Mary’s recording reaches #2. Dylan’s own recording is cut in '63 (added to the Grammy Hall of Fame in '94).