All You Need To Know About Bob Dylan

Interesting facts about the legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24th 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota.

Dylan's 1966 album, Blonde On Blonde, was the rock genre's first ever double album, consequently appealing to both music critics and fans alike.

Dylan received an honorary doctorate of music from Princeton University in 1970.

Dylan has never had a number 1 single on Billboard's pop chart. The closest he has come is peaking at number 2 with Like a Rolling Stone (1965) and then Rainy Day Women (1966).

Dylan made one of the first ever music videos, in 1965, for Subterranean Homesick Blues. This video included a notable cameo by American poet Allen Ginsberg.

Dylan has written over 500 songs since 1962.

Dylan has won 11 Grammy Awards.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Bob Dylan as Performer in 1988.

He won the 2000 Academy Award for Best Original Song for his track Things Have Changed from the film Wonder Boys.

The Byrds did, however, take a Dylan song to Number 1 in 1965 when they released a cover version of Mr. Tambourine Man.

Apparently, in 1964, it was Bob Dylan who introduced the Beatles to marijuana at the Delmonico Hotel in New York.

Currently, Dylan is listed as having 34 studio albums, 58 singles, 13 live albums, and 14 compilation albums.

Of his 34 studio albums; 5 made it to number 1 in the US and 7 in the UK.

He Received France's highest cultural award, the Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, on January 30th 1990.

He has claimed his  favorite movie to be Tirez sur le pianiste (1960) by François Truffaut.

He has also been noted as saying that, when he performs All Along the Watchtower, he thinks of it as a tribute to the great Jimi Hendrix. Despite Dylan being the songs original writer, the Hendrix version is perhaps better known. All Along the Watchtower is also the song that Dylan has performed most, with over 2,000 known performances noted. It is also the song most frequently featured on film and Television soundtracks.

Bob has been married twice, divorcing both wives.

His song The Hurricane is about Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, a boxer who spent 19 years in jail for a murder Dylan felt he did not commit.

He is the father of six children.

Dylan also appears on sleeve of the album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, by The Beatles, along with various other celebrities.

In 2007, he was portrayed by; Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, Marcus Carl Franklin and , Ben Whishaw in the Dylan biopic I'm Not There.


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