Bob Dylan

Born: May 24, 1941
Duluth, MN, USA

Bob Dylan grew up in a middle class family in the blustery North of Minnesota. Fascinated with the rebel image, Dylan adopted leather jackets into his wardrobe, started riding motorcycles and began listening to rhythm and blues music, as well as country and folk. Starting out as a pianist for a band in high school, Dylan began building his confidence as a performer. In college, Bob spent much time performing in coffee houses for the beat crowd, and dove into the folk scene. But, it wasn't until 1960 that he spent some time in Denver, Colorado, when he apparently became intrigued with folk hero Woody Guthrie. He began emulating much of Guthrie's music. When he went home to Minnesota, he looked and performed like a different person, and it was a great improvement. But, instead of staying in Minnesota, he moved to New York. He began playing in coffee shops and other small venues, making a name for himself. It was here that he began opening for large acts, as well as playing in bands with established acts such as Harry Belafonte. With favorable reviews and word of mouth spreading like wildfire, Dylan was destined for success. Dylan reigned supreme as a folk musician in the early years of his career. But, the transition into rock and roll was inevitable. It also wasn't an easy thing to do. There were many interested parties who were determined to keep Dylan a folk artist. But their determination was in vain, as Dylan transformed himself from the acoustic folkie to rock and roller. As many years went by, Dylan has produced many albums, won several awards, and is one of the biggest influences in rock and roll.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Guitar Harmonica Songwriter Vocals Piano Author/Writer

American Standard Rock Folk-Rock

Bands That Bob Dylan Has Played For:
Traveling Wilburys

Bob Dylan Has Worked With:
Tom Petty Roy Orbison Kurtis Blow Joan Baez Bruce Gary Robbie Robertson Waddy Wachtel Slash Fred Carter

Bob Dylan Was Influenced By:
Odetta Ramblin' Jack Elliott Woody Guthrie Little Richard Hank Thompson Hank Williams Sr.

Artists That Were Influenced By Bob Dylan:
Joan Baez Jason Becker John Beland Preacher Boy Mary Chapin Carpenter Jim Bailey Caughlan Lacy J. Dalton Tyler Duane Jimi Hendrix Al Kooper Kris Kristofferson G. Love Todd Park Mohr Chris Smither Pete Townshend Loudon Wainwright III Chris Whitley Neil Young

Bob Dylan's Discography:
Time Out of Mind
Release Date: September 30, 1997
MTV Unplugged
Release Date: April 25, 1995
World Gone Wrong
Release Date: October 28, 1993
Good as I Been to You
Release Date: October 27, 1992
Under the Red Sky
Release Date: September 11, 1990
Dylan & the Dead
Release Date: February 6, 1989
Oh Mercy
Release Date: September 22, 1989
Down in the Groove
Release Date: May 31, 1988
Knocked Out Loaded
Release Date: August 8, 1986
Empire Burlesque
Release Date: June 8, 1985
Real Live
Release Date: December 3, 1984
Release Date: November 1, 1983
Release Date: June 20, 1980
Slow Train Coming
Release Date: August 20, 1979
At Budokan (Live)
Release Date: 1979
Release Date: June 15, 1978
Release Date: January 16, 1976
Hard Rain (Live)
Release Date: September 10, 1976
Blood on the Tracks
Release Date: January 17, 1975
The Basement Tapes
Release Date: June 26, 1975
Planet Waves
Release Date: January 17, 1974
Before the Flood (Live)
Release Date: June 20, 1974
Release Date: November 16, 1973
Self Portrait
Release Date: June 8, 1970
New Morning
Release Date: October 21, 1970
Nashville Skyline
Release Date: April 9, 1969
John Wesley Harding
Release Date: December 27, 1967
Blonde on Blonde
Release Date: May 16, 1966
Bringing It All Back Home
Release Date: March 22, 1965
Highway 61 Revisited
Release Date: August 30, 1965
The Times They Are A-Changin'
Release Date: January 13, 1964
Another Side of Bob Dylan
Release Date: August 8, 1964
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Release Date: March 27, 1963
Bob Dylan
Release Date: March 19, 1962
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