Bob Dylan

Rock and Folk Musician
Born May 24, 1941

Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was an informal chronicler and a seemingly reluctant figurehead of social unrest. A number of Dylan's early songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'", became anthems for the US civil rights and anti-war movements.… Read More

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1941 Birth Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman (Hebrew name Zisl ben Avraham) in St Mary's Hospital on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota, and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota, on the Mesabi Range west of Lake Superior. … Read More


1953 12 Years Old Dylan had helped to curate this project, in which songs unfinished when Williams died in 1953 were completed and recorded by a variety of artists, including Dylan himself, his son Jakob Dylan, Levon Helm, Norah Jones, Jack White, and others.
1959 18 Years Old In 1959, his high school yearbook carried the caption "Robert Zimmerman: to join 'Little Richard'." … Read More
1960 19 Years Old In May 1960, Dylan dropped out of college at the end of his first year.


1961 20 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1961, he traveled to New York City, to perform there and visit his musical idol Woody Guthrie, who was seriously ill with Huntington's disease in Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. … Read More
The performances on his first Columbia album—Bob Dylan—in March 1962, consisted of familiar folk, blues and gospel with two original compositions. … Read More
1963 - 1964 6 More Events
Dylan's late March 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home was another leap, featuring his first recordings with electric instruments. … Read More
Dylan toured Australia and Europe in April and May 1966. … Read More


Dylan's surprise appearance at Harrison's 1971 Concert for Bangladesh attracted media coverage, reflecting that Dylan's live appearances had become rare.
1972 - 1973 3 More Events
Columbia Records simultaneously released Dylan, a collection of studio outtakes (almost exclusively covers), widely interpreted as a churlish response to Dylan's signing with a rival record label. In January 1974, Dylan returned to touring after seven years; backed by the Band, he embarked on a North American tour of 40 concerts. … Read More
1975 - 1977 5 More Events
In April and May 1978, Dylan took the same band and vocalists into Rundown Studios in Santa Monica, California, to record an album of new material: Street-Legal. … Read More


1983 - 1985 3 More Events
In April 1986, Dylan made a foray into rap music when he added vocals to the opening verse of "Street Rock", featured on Kurtis Blow's album Kingdom Blow.
1987 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Dylan also toured with the Grateful Dead in 1987, resulting in a live album Dylan & The Dead. … Read More
Dylan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January 1988, with Bruce Springsteen's introduction declaring, "Bob freed your mind the way Elvis freed your body. … Read More


1991 - 1992 2 More Events
1994 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In November 1994 Dylan recorded two live shows for MTV Unplugged. … Read More
1997 56 Years Old 1 More Event
With a collection of songs reportedly written while snowed-in on his Minnesota ranch, Dylan booked recording time with Daniel Lanois at Miami's Criteria Studios in January 1997. … Read More
1999 58 Years Old In 1999, Dylan embarked on a North American tour with Paul Simon, where each alternated as headline act with a "middle" section where they performed together, starting on the first of June and ending September 18. … Read More
2000 59 Years Old Dylan commenced the new millennium by winning the Polar Music Prize in May 2000 and his first Oscar; his song "Things Have Changed", written for the film Wonder Boys, won an Academy Award in March 2001. … Read More


2001 - 2007 9 More Events
Then, in 2009, he gave the highest profile endorsement of his career, appearing with rapper in a Pepsi ad that debuted during the telecast of Super Bowl XLIII. … Read More
2010 69 Years Old On October 18, 2010, Dylan released Volume 9 of his Bootleg Series, The Witmark Demos. … Read More
On April 12, 2011, Legacy Recordings released Bob Dylan in Concert – Brandeis University 1963, taped at Brandeis University on May 10, 1963, two weeks prior to the release of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. … Read More
…  In May 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
On August 27, 2013, Columbia Records released Volume 10 of Dylan's Bootleg Series, Another Self Portrait (1969–1971). … Read More
In June 2014, Dylan's hand-written lyrics of "Like a Rolling Stone", his 1965 hit single, fetched $2 million dollars at auction, a record for a popular music manuscript.
2015 74 Years Old 1 More Event
On February 3, 2015, Dylan released Shadows in the Night, featuring ten songs written between 1923 and 1963, which have been described as part of the Great American Songbook.
On March 2, 2016, it was announced that Dylan had sold an extensive archive of about 6,000 items to the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa. … Read More
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