Bob Dylan (full name Robert Allen Zimmerman) was born May 24th 1941 and is from Minnesota, U.S. There are not too many people who are not acquainted with one of the most famous singer-songwriters in the world.
He has well known for his folk music as well as being a multi-instrumentalist; able to play guitar, piano, keyboards, harmonica and a well-known producer, singer and visual artist.
Bob Dylan has been making music for over 50 years and first rose to fame when he first moved to New York in the 1960s.
In his teenage years, Bob Dylan formed various rock ‘n’ roll bands before moving into folk music and finding bands in New York’s Greenwich Village.
In 1962, Robert Allen Zimmerman officially changed to Bob Dylan and signed a contract with Albert Grossman, though the relationship turned sour and Bob Dylan was finally managed by Tom Wilson.
Coming to the UK in the early ‘60s Dylan became a household name with the release of "Blowin' in the Wind". Appearing on the BBC and playing at London folk clubs at the time, Les Cousins, The Pinder of Wakefield, and Bunjies.
The legendary folk singer Joan Baez would invite Bob Dylan on tour and this raised his political profile when he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1963.
Through the swinging ‘60s, Bob Dylan’s style changed from folk- country hillbilly to a cool, stylish designer wardrobe of the very cool and ‘happening’ Carnaby Street in London.
Bringing It All Back Home (1965) was Bob Dylan’s first electric instrumental album with him on guitar and harmonica on the flip side. The album contained the hits: “Mr. Tambourine Man", "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" and "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)".
"Like a Rolling Stone" became a major hit; reaching No.2 in the U.S. and at No.4 in the UK charts and it has since reached the top 500 songs of all time by Rolling Stone (magazine).