American singer, composer, and poet Bob Dylan, real name Robert Allen Zimmerman, was born in 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. He is one of the most important figures in contemporary culture.
He chose his stage name under the influence of the poet Dylan Thomas. In December 1960, he came to New York and began playing in local folk clubs. A year later, in November 1961, he signed his first record deal.
He is most often seen as a contemporary bard, his musical experience covers many different genres and styles of rock music, each of which he has left an indelible mark of his individuality. In more than 40 years of his career, Dylan has recorded over 40 albums, received many music awards, including seven Grammy’s, is a multiple honorary doctor of prestigious universities in the USA and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is the author of the music for the classic western “Pat Garret and Billy Kid”. He also received an Oscar for the song “Things Have Changed” from the movie “Wonder Boys”.
Dylan’s work has inspired a whole host of performers. Many of them included his works in their repertoire. He was, among others Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, a member of the Traveling Wilburys supergroup, which gained considerable popularity in the late 1980s. It ceased to exist due to the death of Orbison.