. . . this single was released.
Peter Stone Brown writes:
It was at the time the fastest selling single in the history of Warner Brothers Records, selling 320,000 copies in eight days, and eventually reached #2 on the charts. It was also the first time Peter, Paul & Mary recorded a song with the specific intent to be a single. All their previous singles were album tracks. There is no doubt that this recording more than anything propelled the career of Bob Dylan, who it had recorded the song a little less than 11 months earlier.
It was my first encounter with the music of Bob Dylan. All the older hip teenagers I knew were talking about it — not about the song so much as about its composer. “He’s only 20!” they said. “He sings like an old man! He’s already written a thousand songs!” Stuff like that.
The Dylan legend was beginning. Fifty years ago and it seems like yesterday . . .