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1940s to 1950s: The early years

Leaving is coming home

1941
  • Robert Allen Zimmerman born in Duluth/MN on May 24
1947
  • Zimmermans move to Hibbing/MN
1953
  • Robert grows up listening to singers like Johnnie Ace, Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. Decades later he'll perform his own versions of their songs.
1955
  • Rock & Roll hits Minnesota with Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti", Robert starts to play his first instrument - the piano - and he plays it standing and wild, just like his R&R idols.
1956
  • Forms his first bands, the "Shadow Blasters" and the "Golden Chords"
1959
  • Graduation from Hibbing High School, his ambition noted in the yearbook: "to join Little Richard"
  • Fascination with older blues R&B begins, listening to Blind Lemon Jefferson, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Leadbelly and Chuck Berry among many others.
  • Leaves Hibbing for Minneapolis on Highway 61, learns to play acoustic guitar and meets Bonnie Beecher, the real "Girl from the North Country". Invents his "alter ego" Bob Dylan, probably inspired by beat poet Dylan Thomas.

1960s: The classic years »



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European Tour Finale 2011 with Mark Knopfler
  LIVE | Nov 23, 2011
Neverending awards
  AWARDS | Feb 22, 2007
2007 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts
  AWARDS | Jun 15, 2007
A medal of honor
  AWARDS | May 30, 2012
New Bob Dylan releases in spring 2009
  RECORDS | Apr 22, 2009
Song to Bobby
  RECORDS, TRIBUTES | Feb 11, 2008
Gerry Goffin/Bob Dylan
  PEOPLE, RECORDS | Jun 21, 2014
When Bob Met Woody
  ART, BOOKS | Mar 31, 2011

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