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From: "Roger and Allison Kulp" <[log in to unmask]>
> Dylan was found by John Hammond.The same guy who had previously discovered
Benny Goodman, Bessie Smith,Count Basie,Billie Holiday,and Pete
Seeger,amoung others.Columbia Records pretty much respected his judgement,by
1961,and pretty much gave him carte blanche to sign whoever he wanted.
Minor correction! Hammond DIDN'T discover Bessie Smith, who had actually
started recording for Columbia in late 1923. What he did was RE-discover
Bessie, and set her up with her last Columbia session in 1933...
Steven C. Barr