Today, Bob Dylan turns 75 and he was one of the popular figures in American culture. He is known to have brought in various political and social influences. Not just a performer he was but also an iconic songwriter adding to his accomplishments. He was undoubtedly the most revered lyricist in the Rock genre. Today, we take a look back at the artist he was, in the music industry for the past half century!
Born on May 24th, 1941, in Minnesota this American singer, songwriter, and the artist was called Robert Allen Zimmerman. He learned to play Harmonica and Piano by the age of 10 and he was also a self-taught guitarist. He spent his early childhood days listening to Radio and Rock n Roll music and ended up forming and playing for several music bands in high school. Then in 1959, he performed with Bobby Vee, the American pop singer; playing piano and clapping. Slowly after that, Robert Allen began to be more involved in American Folk music. Inspired by the poetry of Dylan Thomas, he changed his name to Bob Dylan.
In 1961, Bob Dylan’s first Columbia album- ‘Bob Dylan’ happened. Then by the time of his second album, ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, in May 1963, he had marked himself as a singer and songwriter in the industry. Many songs on the same album were claimed as protest songs. In the latter half of 1964 and 1965, Dylan moved from folk songwriter to folk-rock pop-music star. Dylan’s gradual move from folk to rock and roll was inspired by the Beatles. He then made his first music tour to Australia and Europe in May 1966. Early in 1966, he headed to Nashville to record the album ‘Blonde on Blonde’ which included the hit numbers, ‘Rainy Day Women #12 & 35’ and ‘I Want You’. Months after the trip, in July, Dylan crashed his motorcycle near his home in New York and was seriously injured.
Dylan took the mark again with recordings like ‘Blood on the Tracks’ and ‘Desire’. He entered the Rock n Roll hall of fame in the year 1988. After that, he released two music albums consecutively, ‘Good As I’ve Been to You’ and ‘World Gone Wrong ‘which echoed the folk music genre he had been famous for in the beginning of his music career. He entered the 2000s by winning his first Oscar award for his song, ‘Things have changed’. Now on May 20, 2016, Dylan has released his 37th studio album called, ‘Fallen Angels’ just days before his 75th birthday. He has another artistic side to him which signifies that he has published six books of painting and drawings till now, since 1994. The music fraternity has recognized Bob Dylan’s contributions with eleven Grammy Awards, one Academy Award, and one Golden Globe Award. To quote Bob Dylan himself, “If you are going to be a performer, you’ve got to give it your all”, he shall continue to entertain us with his extraordinary musical and poetic compositions.
Sterling Music wishes the legend a very Happy Birthday and that he should be a never-ending performer, always!