The Life Of The Legendary Bob Dylan

By Kanyi M November 29, 2021

An influential American musician possessed a unique poetic singing voice and an unconventional songwriting style; Bob Dylan remains one of the most popular singers in popular music. He achieved international fame during the late 1960s by releasing critically acclaimed albums such as “Highway 61 Revisited” and “Blonde on Blonde.”

Dylan is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of all time. His lyrics are still studied in universities, his classic songs are now part of mainstream culture, he influenced artists across disparate genres, and his life has been widely written about. Here’s a roundup of what isn’t common knowledge about him.

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1. He was never understood by people from his hometown

In Hibbing, children didn’t play with other children from different ethnicities. In his formative years, he also “ceased to play with white kids.” In this town, his voice was disdained by even the adults. He never fit in.

2. Robert Allen Zimmerman was his birth name

His mother always called him Bobby D., and he went by that name for most of his early career. It wasn’t until the 1970s that people began calling him Bob Dylan.

3. He got his first guitar after seeing Elvis on Ed Sullivan

When he was 11, he saw Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show and was inspired to play the guitar. He went on to learn Elvis’s songs by listening to the radio.

4. He appeared in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Bob Dylan was an extra in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. He appeared in a few scenes of this film, playing a prisoner.

5. Bob Dylan’s has influenced many artists

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Bob Dylan’s work has been cited as an influence by many popular musicians, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Velvet Underground, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, U2, David Bowie, Patti Smith, and Simon & Garfunkel. His influence is so significant that the Nobel Prize committee said his songs have created “new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.