Bob Dylan Birthday (May 24th)

Bob Dylan Birthday (May 24th)


Bob Dylan is one of the most prominent singers, songwriters and composers in the folk, rock, blues and country genre.

Background Information of Bob Dylan:

•Bob Dylan was born on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. Bob birth name is Robert Allen Zimmerman
•He also has a Hebrew name: Zushe ben Avraham. His ancestors were Turkish Jews.
•He showed keen interest in music from a very young age.
•In high school he formed several bands like “The Shadow Blaster” and “The Golden Chords” and his performances were influenced by Rock “n” Roll.
•Bob attended the University of Minnesota and gradually developed a liking for folk music.
•While still in college, he performed at local coffee houses and adopted a new name- “Bob Dylan”.
•In 1965, he married Sara Lowndes and went on to have four children with her.
•The couple divorces and he remarried Carolyn Dennis and had a daughter with her too.
•He went through his second divorce in 1992.

Career of Bob Dylan:

•A few years after dropping out of college, he shifted to New York where he performed in clubs and on radio.
•As he got more exposure, he was discovered by a producer from Columbia Records while playing the harmonica for another album.
•He made his debut with “Bob Dylan” which released on Columbia Records in 1962.
•The album did not do well but his mentors continued to have faith in him.
•In 1963, he came out with another album “The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan” which met with a lot of success.
•Most of the songs from that album including containing “Blowin’ In the Wind”, “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” and “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” went on to be all-time classics.
•In 1963, he performed at the Newport Folk Festival along with many other folk singers to take the folk-protest movement further.
•In 1963, The Byrds released a folk-rock version of his “Mr.Tambourine Man” which went on to be a chart-topper for a very long time.
•Dylan track “Like a Rolling Stone” proved to be a chartbuster in 1965.
•Bob performed at one of the most memorable musical tours with “The Band” in Sweden in 1966.
•In 1974, he toured again with “The Band” following the release of his album “Planet Waves”.
•In 1994, he featured in “MTV Unplugged” with MTV.

Here is a list of some of Bob Dylan most notable hits:

•Like a Rolling Stone
•Mr. Tambourine Man
•The Times They Are A-Changing
•Tangled Up in Blue
•Visions of Johanna
•It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
•Blowin’ in the Wind
•Highway 61 Revisited
•Subterranean Homesick Blues
•Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

Awards and Honors of Bob Dylan:

•Bob Dylan Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1982.
•Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
•He Was honored with Commander des Arts et des Letters in 1990.
•He Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards in 1991.
•Received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1997.
•HeWon the Polar Music Prize in 2000.
•He Won Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Things Have Changed” in 2000.
•Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.
•He Won Prince of Asturias Awards in 2007.
•Won Pulitzer Prize Special Citations and Awards in 2008.
•He won eleven Grammy Awards in his career in different categories for different songs.

Many of his recordings have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. These include (along with the year of induction):

•Bringing It All Back Home (2006)
•Highway 61 Revisited (2002)
•Mr. Tambourine Man (2002)
•Blonde on Blonde (1999)
•Like a Rolling Stone (1998)
•Blowin' in the Wind (1994)

Songs that were inducted to the coveted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are:

•Blow in' in the Wind
•The Times They Are a-Chan gin’
•Like a Rolling Stone
•Subterranean Homesick Blues
•Tangled Up in Blue