Bob Dylan Introduced “Blowin’ In The Wind” 50 Years Ago Today…
But Did He Write It?
Newsweek November 4, 1963
An allegation circulated that the song was written by a high-school student named Lorre Wyatt and subsequently purchased or plagiarised by Dylan before he gained fame.
This allegation was published in a Newsweek article in November 1963; while the story left the claims unconfirmed, it prompted much speculation. Several members of Wyatt’s school (Millburn High) and community (Short Hills and Millburn, New Jersey) reported having heard his singing the song and claiming authorship a year before it was released by Dylan, or made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary. Wyatt even told his teacher that he’d sold the song for $1,000 and donated the money to charity, when asked why he had suddenly stopped performing it.
The plagiarism claim was eventually shown to be untrue. Wyatt had performed the song at school and elsewhere months before it was made famous, but not before it had been published and credited to Dylan in Broadside magazine. Wyatt finally explained his deception to New Times magazine in 1974. He credited his initial lie to panic that he wasn’t pulling his weight as a songwriter in the school’s male folk group, The Millburnaires.