Today in Music History: Bob Dylan's First Album Disappoints

Bob Dylan in 1962
Bob Dylan in 1962. His extremely limited-edition 50th Anniversary Collection features unreleased material from his early career. (John Cohen/Getty Images)

History Highlight:

Today in 1962, Bob Dylan's debut album Bob Dylan was released in the United States. Initially, poor sales led the record to be known around Columbia Records as "Hammond's Folly" (John Hammond was producer of Dylan's early recordings and the man responsible for signing Dylan). Let's go back to that first record and hear some vintage Dylan for our History Highlight.

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