Bob Dylan poem discovered to have been written by someone else

'Little Buddy' is really a version of a Hank Snow song

A poem thought to have been written by Bob Dylan when he was only 16 was actually written by Canadian country singer Hank Snow, it has been discovered.

Christie‘s auction house, which is auctioning off the hand-written poem next month, made the announcement yesterday (May 19) after Reuters alerted it that the lyrics matched those in a song written by the late country singer.

“Additional information has come to our attention about the handwritten poem submitted by Bob Dylan to his camp newspaper, written when he was 16, entitled ‘Little Buddy’. The words are in fact a revised version of lyrics of a Hank Snow song,” Christie‘s said in a statement.


The auction house still intends to offer the manuscript in its June 23 auction. “This still remains among the earliest known handwritten lyrics of Bob Dylan,” a spokesperson said.

Dylan had submitted the words to be published in the Herzl Camp newspaper when attending the Jewish summer camp in 1957, reports Reuters. It was published under his birth name Bob Zimmerman.The manuscript was expected to fetch between $10,000 and $15,000.

–By our Los Angeles staff.
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