Birth date: May 24, 1941
Birth place: Duluth, Minnesota
Birth name: Robert Allen Zimmerman
Father: Abraham Zimmerman, a furniture and appliance salesman
Mother: Beatty (Stone) Zimmerman, a former model and housewife
Marriages: Carol Dennis (1986-1992, divorced); Sara Lowndes (1965-1977, divorced)
Children: with Carol Dennis: Desiree; with Sara Lowndes: Jesse, Jakob, Samuel, and Anna
Education: Attended University of Minnesota, 1959-1960
Has won 10 Grammy Awards out of 38 nominations. Also received a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Has won an Academy Award out of one nomination.
Early musical influences include Hank Williams, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.
Known in his early career for playing the guitar and the harmonica, and for his distinctive vocal phrasing.
Many cities worldwide celebrate Dylan’s birthday with Dylanfest or the Bob Dylan Birthday Bash.
1960-1961 - Drops out of college and goes to New York, hoping to meet his idol, Woody Guthrie, and begins performing in the folk scene in Greenwich Village.
1962 - His first album, “Bob Dylan,” debuts. It consists mostly of old folk songs redone by Dylan. He legally changes his last name to Dylan in August.
1963 - His second album, “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” is released. It contains original songs written by Dylan, such as “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” and “Blowin’ in the Wind.”
1965 - Album “Bringing It All Back Home” is released, containing the songs “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and “Maggie’s Farm.” Later that year, Dylan is booed at the Newport Folk Festival when he performs with an electric guitar.
1965 - Album “Highway 61 Revisited” is released. It contains “Like a Rolling Stone” which goes to No. 2 on US charts.
July 29, 1966 - Suffers a broken neck in a motorcycle accident.
December 1967 - Album “John Wesley Harding” is released, containing the song “All Along the Watchtower.”
1971 - His book “Tarantula” is published.
March 3, 1973 - Wins the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for “The Concert For Bangladesh.” The award is shared with Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Klaus Voormann, Leon Russell, Ravi Shankar and Ringo Starr.
1973 - Dylan signs with Asylum after his contract with Columbia expires and releases two new albums, “Planet Waves” and “Before the Flood.”
1973 - Appears in the movie, “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.”
1975 - Re-signs with Columbia and releases “Blood on the Tracks.”
1978 - Directs and stars in the film “Renaldo and Clara.”
1979 - Studies Christianity at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship school in California.
1979-1981 - The next three album releases, “Slow Train Coming,” “Saved” and “Shot of Love,” reflect his new Christian beliefs.
February 27, 1980 - Wins a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for “Gotta Serve Somebody.”
1980s - Tours with Tom Petty and the Grateful Dead.
1988 - Is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Traveling Wilburys album “Volume 1” is released with Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison.
February 21, 1990 - Wins a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal - The Traveling Wilburys, for “Traveling Wilburys Volume 1.”
May 1997 - Is hospitalized for a fungal infection called histoplasmosis.
1997 - Performs for Pope John Paul II in Bologna, Italy.
December 1997 - Becomes the first rock musician to receive the Kennedy Center honors, which recognize a lifetime achievement in the performing arts.
February 28, 1998 - Wins three Grammy Awards: Best Contemporary Folk Album for “Time Out of Mind,” Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for “Cold Irons Bound” and Album of the Year for “Time Out of Mind.”
March 25, 2001 - Wins an Academy Award for Best Original Song, for “Things Have Changed” from “Wonder Boys.”
2003 - Writes and stars in the film “Masked and Anonymous.”
October 2004 - “Chronicles: Volume One,” Dylan’s autobiography, is published.
April 28, 2006 - Kicks off the first Jazz Fest in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
May 3, 2006 - Dylan begins a weekly show on XM satellite radio called “Theme Time Radio Hour.”
February 11, 2007 - Wins two Grammy Awards: Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for “Someday Baby” and Contemporary Folk/Americana Album for “Modern Times.”
April 7, 2008 - Wins a Pulitzer Prize special citation for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”
February 9, 2010 - Performs “The Times, They are a Changing” at the White House in honor of Black History month, as part of a celebration of music from the Civil Rights Movement.
January 2011 - Signs a six-book deal with Simon & Schuster.
April 2011 - Performs for the first time in Vietnam and mainland China.
May 29, 2012 - Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
February 3, 2015 - His 36th studio album, “Shadows in the Night,” is released. Dylan gives away 50,000 copies to seniors who subscribe to AARP’s magazine.
October 13, 2016 - Is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
May 2018 - Releases a collection of whiskeys called “Heaven’s Door.”
March 27, 2020 - Releases “Murder Most Foul,” the first single from his upcoming album, “Rough and Rowdy Ways.”
June 19, 2020 - Album “Rough and Rowdy Ways” is released, his first original recorded material in eight years.
November 20, 2020 - Auctioneers announce that a collection of Dylan memorabilia including letters, unpublished lyrics and handwritten lyrics to “Blowin’ in the wind” have sold for nearly half a million dollars.
December 7, 2020 - It is announced that Dylan has sold his entire catalog of songs to Universal Music Publishing Group.