Happy Birthday, Bob!
It’s Bob Dylan’s birthday today, May 24th.
Biography.com documents Bob Dylan as signing his first recording contract in 1961. He is known as one of the most influential songwriters to document both social and cultural issues.
Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in 1941, young Bob was heavily influenced by Elvis, Jerry Lewis and Little Richard. While attending the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, he was beginning to take interest in folk singing and playing both folk and country songs at local cafes.
In 1960, Bob dropped out of college and moved to New York. While in New York he frequently visited his idol, Woodly Gutherie, while Woody was in the hospital. Bob became a regular of folk clubs and coffeehouses. In 1961 after an impressive review from the New York Times, Dylan signed a record contract with Columbia Records.
The rest is history, Bob Dylan would become a prolific figure both in songwriting and a serious force in the social and cultural influence of the 60s and beyond.
Here are some of the funny or odd stories about Bob Dylan per vulture.com: