Who knew, The Bee Gees were going to be one of the best bands to come out back in the day? Today, we bring you people, pre-fame Bee Gees covering Bob Dylan all the way back in 1963. The Bee Gees’ rendition of Bob Dylan’s classic “Blowin’ in the Wind” is charming in its own right.
Bob Dylan emerged as one of the music scene’s most influential figures in the 1960s. His poetic lyrics and electric guitar-driven sound captivated an entire generation, and his songs spoke to the experience of a generation of young people growing up during a period of social and political upheaval. He developed a distinct style that reflected the changing times as he wrote and performed, incorporating folk, blues, rock, and even country elements into his songs.
This cover features three young brothers with unusually high vocal tones and harmonies for their age. The Bee Gees, brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, performed this cover on Australian television in 1963. We’ll never forget a very special rendition of his anti-establishment hymn “Blowin’ in the Wind,” which was only performed on rare occasions. Bob Dylan had already established himself as a generational icon by 1963.
The Gibb Brothers went on to become one of the most successful recording artists of all time. In the 1970s, the band and their infectious pop songs would provide the soundtrack to almost every party. Their popularity grew and fired them on to chart-topping success going on 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 1963 has often been labeled a protest song, and in many ways that’s true, but really the song is ambiguous. What makes this cover so special is that these three young brothers are simply performing the song. It’s a charming depiction of a band that would rule the charts for decades to come.
Watch the pre-fame Bee Gees in this brilliant video below. The Bee Gees performs Bob Dylan’s classic “Blowin’ In The Wind.”