Robert Allen Zimmerman began his career as a folk singer-songwriter, had his most glorious time in the 1960s. Play guitar, harmonica and keyboards.
His lyrics speak from religion, social issues, politics, philosophy and literature. That’s why he won all the prizes in the music industry and in the world. His name is in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
He had a controversial time where there were detractors when he turned to electric music and went on to do concerts divided into 2 parts, being the first acoustic part and the second electric.
He was distinguished as a knight of the order of arts and letters by the minister of culture Jack Lang.
He won the Polar Music Award from the royal Swedish academy of music, presented by King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden.
In 2000 he won the Oscar for Best Song for «Things Have Changed» for Wonder Boys.
In 2007 he received the Prince of Asturias Prize for the Arts and a year later the Pulitzer, for his compositions and commitment to music.
In May 2012, in the hands of then-President Barak Obama, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
For November 2013, Dylan received the Legion of Honor award from French Minister of Education Aurélie Filippetti.
And in February 2015, the musician accepted the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’s Person of the Year award, in recognition of his artistic and philanthropic contributions to society.
Was the singer missing anything else? Ah yes, the Nobel Prize, which came on October 13, 2016 and Bob became the first American to receive a Nobel prize in the literature category.
However, he did not attend the reception on 10 December of the current year and instead gave a speech by a United States ambassador.
And if with this record you still do not know the magnitude of this artist, here we leave you a list of themes to celebrate his birthday.
Like a Rolling Stone
Considered the best song of all time by «Rolling Stone» magazine
Handle With Care (The Traveling Wilburys)
It was the most popular song by the magnificent supergroup consisting of George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Dylan, of course.
Knockin’s Heaven’s Door
It was a song originally composed for the film Patt Garret & Bill the Kid, in which Dylan also makes a part. In 1997 he played this song in a concert in front of Pope John Paul II. It also peaked in success when in the 1990s Axl Rose’s popular band reversed it.
Blowin’ in the Wind
Perhaps the singer-songwriter’s best known and his first success.
All Along the Watchtower
It is the song that most often played live, also popularized by Jimi Hendrix, Neil Yong, U2 and Eddie Vedder, among others. His most recent version was adapted for the series «The Young Pope» by Devlin alongside Ed Sheeran. Dylan is estimated to have played it more than 1400 times live.
Another of his greatest hits, Rod Steward, Meat Loaf and Johnny Cash did their respective covers and also Audra Mae adapted it for the series «Sons of Anarchy».