This Day in Jewish History / Bob Dylan, debuts at a New York folk-music club
Club owner Mike Porco heard the 19-year old kid sing at open-mike night. The rest is history.
On April 11, 1961, Bob Dylan made his first professional appearance as a performer in New York, at Gerde’s Folk City. He was not yet the headline act – that would come months later, but his name did appear on posters for the show, in which he opened for the bluesman John Lee Hooker.
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