04/17/2012 02:28 pm ET

50 Years Ago Today: Bob Dylan Premiered 'Blowin' In The Wind'

Exactly 50 years ago today, Bob Dylan walked onstage at at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village and played a brand new song called "Blowin' In The Wind." The song was based off the old Negro spiritual "No More Auction Block" (a song in Dylan's live repertoire at the time), and it initially had 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.

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