Back in 1963, Bob Dylan was fast becoming the voice of a disgruntled generation. His folk music was slowly being determined more often than not as protest songs and his new found place at the forefront of American radicalism would see him not only become a legend in music but fight for civil rights and social wherever he could.
Bob would go on to become a legend in music the likes of which we will likely never see again. His songs have been covered by so many different artists we would bore you to tears to list them all. But there’s one particularly rare cover of his anthemic and existential anti-establishment piece ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ which will live long in the memory.
This cover features three young brothers with a particularly high tone of voice and harmonies which belie their young years. This cover was performed on Australian TV back in ’63 by brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb also known as The Bee Gees. The Brothers Gibb would go on to be one of the most successful recording artists of all time. The Bee Gees scored virtually every party in the 70s and continued their char-topping success to become one of the best-selling artists in recent memory, having sold nearly 220 million records worldwide.
‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ written by Bob Dylan in 1962 and released on his second studio album The Freewheelin ‘Bob Dylan in 1963 has often been labelled a protest song, and in many ways that’s true, but really the song is ambiguous and purposefully obtuse.
What’s wonderful about this cover is that these three young brothers are purely performing the song, not offering a viewpoint or a statement, they’re just singing their song the best they can and enjoying every second of it.
Take a look at this brilliant video below