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09/28/06 - Ultra Rare Bob Dylan Recording up for Sale by Childhood Friend
Ric Kangas and Bobby Zimmerman spent hours playing guitar and singing songs in the late 1950's in Minnesota. During one of those sessions, Zimmerman asked his friend to record it. Of course, at the time, Kangas had no idea he was recording the man who would become Bob Dylan. Within a few years of those recordings, Zimmerman became Dylan and was off to international stardom and acclaim.

Kangas, who now lives in Santa Barbara, California, came across the tape a few years ago, which features Dylan singing three songs and playing guitar on another. Kangas couldn't play it until he found the right kind of old tape recorder, but he did at a garage sale. Kangas said Dylan sings three songs, two of them in a much more melodic voice than what would later become his trademark. The third, Kangas said, gives a better hint of the later Dylan style: "He kind of sings like a frog."

A floor auction for the tape will be held in Dallas on Oct 6-7 through Heritage Auction Galleries. Online bidding ends a day earlier, and those bids would compete with the floor auction. Kangas said one Dylan expert appraised the tape at about $100,000, but Kangas has no idea if it will fetch that much.

A publicist said Wednesday that Dylan, 65, had no comment.

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