55 Years Ago Today: $2 a Ticket & Few Show Up: Bob Dylan Makes Carnegie Hall Debut (Listen to “Gospel Plow”)

55 years ago today (10/4/61), Bob Dylan made his Carnegie Hall debut hen he gave a performance in Carnegie Chapter Hall—the small auditorium once located above what is now Weill Recital Hall. Few people showed up even with it being just $2.00 a ticket. This was the 20-year-old Dylan’s first New York concert beyond the Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene. When the booking was made, it was recorded in the booking ledger only as “Folk Concert,” along with the name of the promoter (Izzy Young). The artist’s site records the set list for that night as:

“Pretty Peggy-O”
“In the Pines”
“Gospel Plow”
“1913 Massacre”
“Backwater Blues”
“A Long Time a-Growin'”
“Fixin’ To Die”

Listen to Dylan tackle “Gospel Plow” (played that night at Carnegie) from his early years..

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