The legendary Bob Dylan performed his timeless hit ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ on TV in 1963. Bob stands in front of a plain background with some simple clouds fittingly drawn on the screen behind him.
Bob stands with an acoustic guitar in hand and a harmonica strapped around his neck. He strums the medium-paced song while singing with his tenor voice with a slight country twang.
Bob opens by singing the iconic beginning lines, “How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man? How many seas must a white dove sail before she sleeps in the sand?
After a few verses, Bob continues to strum his guitar while playing a harmonica solo. ‘Blowing in the Wind’ was written by Dylan in 1962 and featured on his album ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ in 1963.
Due to its questions about war and freedom, some have considered it a protest song. Whether intentional or not, the tune became an anthem for civil rights and the antiwar movement.
Dylan’s career has spanned over 60 years. He started as a folk artist but began incorporating electric guitar sounds in the mid-60s. All this led to his ground-breaking, six-minute song ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ in 1965.
Dylan finished his performance of ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ with a flourish of harmonica as he walked around the stage in a circle, finally walking off. It is one of the first video performances of a song that generates many memories.