Born May 24, 1941, Bob is just two years older than me. I didn’t like him very much back in the day… I was more into Elvis Presley and country music. But no one can deny Bob Dylan’s impact on every genre of music there is in America, including gospel. He is the recipient of many awards, Academy Award nominations, Emmy’s, and others. It is amazing how much talent he has – despite a voice that sounds like chalk screeching on a blackboard.
I looked him up on Wikipedia, and here’s some of what I found. It was a very, very long entry so if you want more about him, you’ll find plenty there.
Bob Dylan’s latest studio album, Together Through Life, was released on April 28, 2009. In its first week of release, the album reached number one in the Billboard 200 chart in the U.S.. Making Bob Dylan (68 years of age) the oldest artist to ever debut at number one in the Billboard 200 chart. It also reached number one on the UK album charts, 39 years after Dylan’s previous UK album chart topper New Morning. This meant that Dylan currently holds the record for the longest gap between solo number one albums in the UK chart.
His Never Ending Tour commenced on June 7, 1988, and Dylan has played roughly 100 dates a year for the entirety of the 1990s and the 2000s—a heavier schedule than most performers who started out in the 1960s. By the end of 2008, Dylan and his band had played more than 2100 shows, anchored by long-time bassist Tony Garnier and filled out with talented sidemen.
To the dismay of some of his audience, Dylan’s performances remain unpredictable as he alters his arrangements and changes his vocal approach night after night. Critical opinion about Dylan’s shows remains divided. Critics such as Richard Williams and Andy Gill have argued that Dylan has found a successful way to present his rich legacy of material.
Others have criticised his vocal style as a “one-dimensional growl with which he chews up, mangles and spits out the greatest lyrics ever written so that they are effectively unrecognizable,” and his lack of interest in bonding with his audience.
Bob Dylan’s European tour of spring 2009 opened in Stockholm on March 22 and ended in Dublin on May 6. His summer tour of the U.S. will begin in Milwaukee on July 1.
Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, poet and painter who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades.
Much of Dylan’s most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when he became an informal chronicler and a reluctant figurehead of American unrest. A number of his songs, such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin'”, became anthems of both the civil rights movements and of the opposition to the Vietnam War.