The Washington Post

Music of the Movement: ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’

At the March on Washington in 1963 Bob Dylan sang “Only a Pawn in Their Game” and “The Hour When Ships Come In.”

Yet “Blowin’ in the Wind,” the song he released in 1963 and the song that influence many songwriters and singers to include songs about the social and political changes in the country, was performed that day by Peter, Paul and Mary.

The song, introduced into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, is one of the most recorded songs of the 1960s, getting treatment from Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen and the Staple Singers, as well as Peter, Paul and Mary.

This continues a survey of the songs of the Civil Rights era, leading up to the dedication of the Rev. Martin L. King, Jr. memorial August 28.

Here’s Dylan.


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