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13 Interesting Bob Dylan Facts

Best 13 Bob Dylan Facts

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1- When Martin Luther King Jr gave his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech, Bob Dylan had just performed and was still on stage, standing a few feet away from King.

2- While enrolled in the University of Minnesota Dylan received a D+ in a music appreciation class.

3- The first draft of Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” was six pages long.

This undated photo provided by Sotheby’s shows a working draft of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” one of the most popular songs of all time. The draft, in Dylan’s own hand, is coming to auction in New York on June 24, 2014 where it could fetch an estimated $1 million to $2 million. Sotheby’s says it is “the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for this transformative rock anthem.” (AP Photo/Sotheby’s)
4- After the Elvis, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, died Dylan didn’t speak to anyone for an entire week.

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5- Dylan is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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6- On his Never Ending Tour, Bob Dylan played nearly 100 shows every year since 2010.

The highest number was 119 shows in 1999.

 

7- Dylan was born in May of 1941 as Robert Allen Zimmerman, though he didn’t change his name to Bob Dylan legally until 1962.

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8-Paired with his senior portrait in his high school yearbook , Dylan was quoted saying he wanted “to join Little Richard.”

 

9- Dylan appeared under the pseudonyms Tedham Porterhouse, Roosevelt G, Robert Milkwood Thomas, and Blind Boy Grunt on others’ albums
Dylan published a novel, Tarantula, in 1971.

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10- In October of 1963 Dylan flew his parents, Abe and Beatty Zimmerman, to see him perform at Carnegie Hall.

 

11- Dylan now has nine grandchildren.

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12 Dylan’s first album, self-titled “Bob Dylan”, was recorded in just a few hours. It initially sold 5,000 copies. In the time since then, over 35 million Dylan records have been sold.

13- Dylan’s brother, David Zimmerman, is a record producer.

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