Bob Dylan

Zimmy, Bobby, Zimbo, Blind Boy Grunt, The Voice of Protest, The Voice of a Generation

Bob Dylan performing in Spain, on June 26, 2010

Early Life

-Born on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota

- Name is Robert Allen Zimmerman, but when he started getting into folk music during college, he began introducing himself as "Bob Dylan".

-In August 1962, he legally changed his name to Bob Dylan and got signed with Albert Grossman.

-Influenced by Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis

-First song was "Your No Good"

Bob Dylans first album

Career

-Most famous song is "Blowing in the Wind", influenced by a traditional slave song called "No More Auction Block"

-In 1965 he went to the UK on tour

-Sold more than 100 million records world wide, and received Grammys, Golden Globes, and Academy Awards.

Performed with Joan Baez during the "March on Washington of Jobs and Freedom"

Later Life

-Inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame in 1988

-was also inducted into Minnesota Music Hall of Fane, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame

-On June 29, 1966, Dylan crashed his motorcycle on a road near his Woodstock home, and said that he broke several vertebra. But, no ambulance was called and Dylan was never hospitalized. No one knows what really happened, but Dylan did not tour again for eight years.

-He published 3 books of drawings and paintings, and they have been put in major art galleries.

Other Information

-Bob Dylan actually got a D in Music Appreciation in college

-His first US TV show appearance was on the Steve Allen show

-His first album, "Bob Dylan", was recorded in only a few hours and only sold 5,000 copies when it first came out.

-He married Sara Lownds on Nov. 22, 1965, but the marriage wasnt announced until February 1966. They got divorced in 1977, and Sara recieved custody for their four children.

-He wrote a song about Emmett Till titled 'The Death of Emmett Till'

Bob Dylans book "Tarantula"

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