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Bob Dylan Biography

Birth Name:
Robert Allen Zimmerman
Birth Place:
Duluth, Minnesota, United States
Singer, songwriter

Fast Facts

  • Changed his name after dropping out of college, as he started his career as a working musician
  • Released his first album, the self-titled Bob Dylan, in 1962
  • Penned a book of poetry, Tarantula, released in 1971
  • His 1974 album Planet Waves was his first to hit number 1
  • Embarked on a world tour in 1988 that still continues (often referred to as the Never Ending Tour)
  • Recipient of a Lifetime Grammy Award at the 1991 ceremony and a Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997
  • Won three Grammy Awards for his Time Out of Mind CD at the 1998 ceremony, while his son Jakob won a songwriting Grammy for the Wallflowers' hit "One Headlight
  • " In 2008, he received a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for his impact on music, and culture in general
  • Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012
  • Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016 for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition
  • " Has never had a single hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list


  • 2001Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2000Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): winner
  • 1974BAFTA Film Awards-The Anthony Asquith Award: nominated