in

Bob Dylan’s ‘Firsts’: 20 Noteworthy Achievements of the Music Icon

Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, is a legendary figure in the music industry, renowned for his songwriting and distinctive voice. His career, spanning over six decades, has been marked by numerous ‘firsts’ and groundbreaking achievements. Here are 20 ‘firsts’ in the career of Bob Dylan:

First Major Performance: Dylan’s first major gig was opening for John Lee Hooker at Gerde’s Folk City in New York City in 1961.

image source

bob dylan Gerde's Folk City in New York City in 1961.

First Album: His eponymous debut album, “Bob Dylan,” was released in 1962.

First Original Song: “Song to Woody,” a tribute to Woody Guthrie, on his debut album was one of his first original songs.

First Charting Album: “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” his second album released in 1963, was his first to chart.

First Hit Single: “Blowin’ in the Wind” was Dylan’s first major hit, covered by numerous artists, most notably Peter, Paul, and Mary.

First UK Tour: In 1962, Dylan embarked on his first tour of the United Kingdom.

First Appearance at Newport Folk Festival: Dylan first performed at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, a significant event in the folk music scene.

image source

bob dylan Newport Folk Festival

First Use of Electric Guitar at Newport Folk Festival: In 1965, Dylan controversially played an electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival.

First Rock Album: “Bringing It All Back Home,” released in 1965, was Dylan’s first album to feature rock music.

First UK Number One Single: “Like a Rolling Stone,” released in 1965, was Dylan’s first single to reach number one in the UK.

First Published Book: Dylan’s first book, “Tarantula,” a work of experimental prose poetry, was officially published in 1971.

First Film Role: Dylan’s first film role was in the 1973 film “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” in which he also contributed to the soundtrack.

First Grammy: Dylan won his first Grammy in 1973 for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special for “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid.”

First Album to Top Billboard 200: Dylan’s first album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 was “Planet Waves” in 1974.

First Tour with The Band: In 1974, Dylan embarked on his first tour with The Band, a landmark event known as the “Before the Flood” tour.

First Appearance with The Rolling Thunder Revue: Dylan first appeared with the Rolling Thunder Revue, a travelling caravan of musicians, in 1975.

image source

Dylan first appeared with the Rolling Thunder Revue, a travelling caravan of musicians, in 1975.

First Number One Hit on Billboard Hot 100: “Like a Rolling Stone” reached number two, but it wasn’t until “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” that Dylan had a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in 1966.

First Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Dylan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, its third year of existence.

First Pulitzer Prize: In 2008, Dylan was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for his profound impact on popular music and American culture.

First Songwriter to Win a Nobel Prize: In 2016, Dylan became the first songwriter to win the Nobel Prize in Literature

Research and Article by Cansu Demir (Literature Teacher)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.