“Blowin’ in The Wind” Performed by Peter Paul and Mary (1963), The BeeGees (1963) & Ziggy Marley (2012)

July 14, 2012

1966 Live Performance

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The song “Blowin’ In the Wind” not only was a smash single for Peter Paul and Mary in 1963 — but it appeared on their number one LP “In The Wind” the same year. “BITW”  was heard everywhere both then and even now: this classic folk tune has been covered by many, many major musical artists over the decades.  I  am partial to Stevie Wonder‘s  #1 Motown cover version myself! Check out the OSML  earlier post on the song and listen to both Stevie’s 1966  cover version and composer Bob Dylan‘s 1963 original composition, by clicking this link:-)

Also, like a year before in 1962, “Blowin’ In The Wind” earned Peter Paul and Mary the same two Grammys: 1963 Best Folk Performance or Recording  and the 1963 Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal. (Personally I preferred PP&M’s  “Puff the Magic Dragon”  from the same year,  but I wasn’t a voting member of the Grammy Academy (LOL)).

My second favorite cover rendition of “Blowin’ In The Wind” was just released this year and is performed by Ziggy Marley on “Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International” CD.  Give it a listen and I think you will enjoy how Ziggy has made this song his own! Well done Ziggy Marley, well done.

Last but not least, I wanted to share with you  an early 1963 tv performance of the very young Brothers Gibb singing their cover version of “Blowing In The Wind.” You could tell the thirteen year old twins Maurice and Robin (R.I.P)  along with their sixteen year old big brother Barry were destined for musical stardom, can’t you.

Here are the lyrics (that we Boomers know by heart) for you novices to sing along.


Blowing In The Wind – Composed by Bob Dylan

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
How many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they are forever banned
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind

How many years can a mountain exist
Before it is washed to the sea
How many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free
How many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn’t see
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind

How many times can a man look up
Before he sees the sky

How many ears must one woman have
Before she can hear people cry
How many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind

Musically Yours,

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