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One might be wise to give Pete Seeger some og the credit.
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Nancy Gish 

  Actually, it is less Bob Dylan, who wrote much or maybe all of his own work (I am not an expert but he is now taught in universities), than Joan Baez and others in the 60s and early 70s who used the ballads themselves in the folk revival.  Some are their versions, but many singers aimed at singing them in their traditional versions, and Scottish and Irish groups like Silly Wizard and The Bothy Band and the Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem became immensely popular here.  So it was not, then, just "warmed over."