From the New York Times Time Machine, Friday, September 29, 1961:
Bob Dylan: A Distinctive Folk-Song Stylist
20-Year-Old Singer Is Bright New Face at Gerde’s Club Greenbriar Boys Are Also on Bill With Bluegrass Music
A bright new face in folk music is appearing at Gerde’s Folk City. Although only 20 years old, Bob Dylan is one of the most distinctive stylists to play in a Manhattan cabaret in months.
This is the review by Robert Shelton that launched Bob Dylan’s career; or that at least got him noticed north of Bleecker Street.
I had read this before, but seeing it in layout, I wonder how anyone noticed it. It was buried on the theater and performance page.