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Bob Dylan's Debut Album Hits Stores Today

Mar. 19, 1962 - For sale in local record stores today is “Bob Dylan,” the debut album by the folk singer-songwriter. The album was produced by Columbia’s John H. Hammond, who signed 20-year-old Mr. Dylan to the label. “Bob Dylan” primarily features folk standards but also includes two original compositions, “Talkin’ New York” and “Song to Woody.” The latter is an ode to Woody Guthrie, a major influence on Mr. Dylan’s music. During the recording sessions in November, Mr. Dylan says he refused requests to do second takes. "I said no. I can't see myself singing the same song twice in a row. That's terrible.”


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