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Bob Dylan in Cambridge
From the collection of Betsy Siggins Schmidt

Bob Dylan on a car roof on Mount Auburn St., Cambridge?  Who was fortunate enough to get this 1963 shot?  It was Betsy Minot Siggins, freshman roommate of Joan Baez at B.U. and a manager of Club 47 in Harvard Square who today has it in her assembled collection called the New England Folk Archives.

"I was into folk music a little early," Siggins said in an interview for "I was a high school sophomore, and The Weavers were getting heard on the radio. There were the Everly Brothers, with a hint of R&B. I also overdosed on Gilbert and Sullivan as a teenager."

Siggins and Baez were both more into music than academics which prompted Siggins to waitress at the Cafe Yana, a tiny basement club off the B.U. campus on Brookline Av.


She met and eventually married to Bob Siggins of the Charles River Valley Boys. After a year touring overseas with the band, the couple returned to Cambridge where Club 47 became Betsy Siggins' employer and favorite hang. She was said to have made herself indispensable to the legendary venue.

Joan Baez performs at Club 47 in Harvard Square, 1959
From a blog called Musical Urbanism by Leonard Nevarez

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