We Shall Overcome, no. 2

John Byrne Cooke


Image No. 63-3N-11: We Shall Overcome, no. 2

1963 Newport Folk Festival

Bob Dylan closed his triumphant debut set at Newport by calling out Joan Baez and Peter, Paul and Mary, to join him in "Blowin' in the Wind." (PP&M's recording of the song had reached no. 2 on Billboard's Top 100 singles chart a few weeks before the festival.) For an encore, they were joined by the Freedom Singers, Pete Seeger, and Theodore Bikel in a moving rendition of the civil-rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" that had the sell-out audience of 13,000 on their feet, singing along.

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