Coverville 968: The Blowin’ in the Wind Songography

June 11, 2013


It was a hit 50 years ago, and since then covered and remained by dozens of influenced artists. It’s Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind, and we’re going to hear 10 different interpretations – and one inspiration – tonight on Coverville! (48.5 minutes)


Title Artist Album Original Artist More
1 No More Auction Block For Me Odetta Live Inspiration for Blowin’ in the Wind
2 Blowin’ In The Wind Sam Cooke Sam Cooke At the Copa Bob Dylan
3 Blowin’ In The Wind Stevie Wonder Greatest Hits Bob Dylan
4 Blowin’ in the Wind Claus Hempler Cederholm & Brdr. Hellemann – Bob Dylan Teaterkoncert Bob Dylan
5 Die Antwort Weiss Ganz Allein Der Wind Marlene Dietrich Der Blonde Engel – Marlene 100: 25 Lieder Bob Dylan
6 Blowin’ In The Wind Brother Jack McDuff Strange Brew Bob Dylan
7 Blowin’ In The Wind Ziggy Marley Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years Of Amnesty International Bob Dylan
8 Blowin’ In The Wind Jools Holland & Ruby Turner Swinging the Blues Dancing the Ska Bob Dylan
9 Blowin’ In The Wind Nena Cover Me Bob Dylan
10 Blowin’ In The Wind Me First & The Gimme Gimmes Blow In The Wind Bob Dylan
11 Blowin’ In The Wind The Medics Triple J: Like A Version 8 Bob Dylan

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  1. For a slightly different perspective on Bob Dylan and “Blowin’ In The Wind”, I give you The Chenille Sisters:


  2. NitPicker

    Greta Garbo said ‘I vant to be alone’, not Marlene Dietrich.

    • admin

      Whoops – exactly right.

  3. joe

    For sure, the “Me First & The Gimme Gimmes” version was the best. Very rockin, and I love the beginning when they’re trying to get the inflection of the “HOW” correct.

  4. Jay

    I liked Ziggy’s version the best, but I found Sam Cooke and the Gimme Gimmes versions to be pretty great, too. Thanks for teaching me about the original inspiration for the tune, too. Odetta is always awesome!

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