Audio: Bob Dylan Performs at Gerde’s Folk City – Feb. 8, 1963

Fifty-one years ago, on February 8, 1963, Bob Dylan played a set at Gerde’s Folk City in Greenwich Village.

It was two years after Dylan had arrived in New York, nearly two years since he got one of his first breaks playing at Gerde’s, which was probably the most important folk club in the country at that time.

Poster for Dylan’s first gig at Gerde’s Folk City in 1961.

It was a review in the New York Times by Robert Shelton of Dylan opening for the Greenbriar Boys at Gerde’s that helped Dylan to get the attention of Columbia Records’ legendary A&R man John Hammond.

By February of 1963, Dylan had signed a record deal with Columbia Records, taken on manager Albert Grossman, secured a publishing deal with Whitmark and recorded his debut, Bob Dylan, and had it released to less than minor success.

He was six months away from his first hit, a version of “Blowin’ in the Wind” that Peter, Paul and Mary would take to #2 on the pop charts, setting the stage for one of the most long-lasting and successful careers in popular music.

Gerde’s Folk City.

Below are recordings of the songs Dylan recorded at Gerde’s in the order they were performed.

1 “Lonesome River Edge”:

Lonesome River Edge by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

2 “Back Door Blues”:

Back Door Blues by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

3 “Bob Dylan’s Dream”:

Bob Dylan's Dream by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

4 “You Can Get Her”:

You Can Get Her by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

5 “Farewell”:

Farewell by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

6 “All Over You” (with Happy Traum):

7 “Masters Of War”:

Masters of War by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

8 Instrumental

Instrumental by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

9 “Keep Your Hands Off Her”:

Keep Your Hands Off Her by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

10 “Honey Babe”:

Honey Babe by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

11 “Goin’ Back To Rome”:

Goin' Back to Rome by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

12 “Stealin’, Stealin’,” (with Happy Traum):

Stealin' (With, Happy Traum 02.08.63) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

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