Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Timeline of Bob Dylan, an iconic American singer-songwriter known for his profound lyrics and influence on popular music. His career, spanning over several decades, includes timeless classics like Blowin in the Wind and Like a Rolling Stone, earning him multiple awards, including the Nobel Prize in Literature.


May 24, 1941


Duluth, Minnesota, United States


Singer-songwriter, painter, and writer


University of Minnesota in Minneapolis for a brief period but dropped out in 1960 to pursue his career in music. He immersed himself in the folk music scene in New York City, where he honed his craft and eventually rose to prominence as a groundbreaking musician and songwriter.


24 May 1941

Bob Dylan's Birth

Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, was born in Duluth, Minnesota. He would go on to become one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the 20th century.


19 March 1962

Debut Album Release 'Bob Dylan'

Bob Dylan released his self-titled debut album, 'Bob Dylan', which was produced by John Hammond and included two Dylan originals.


27 May 1963

Release of 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan'

Dylan released his second album 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan', which showcased his songwriting talent with tracks such as 'Blowin' in the Wind' and 'A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall'.


25 July 1965

Headlining at Newport Folk Festival

Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival, a pivotal moment in his career and in the history of rock music, marking his shift from folk to rock artist.


29 July 1966

Motorcycle Accident near his Home in Woodstock, New York

Dylan suffered a serious motorcycle accident near his home in Woodstock, New York, leading him to a period of reclusion and a shift in his musical direction.


20 January 1975

Blood on the Tracks Release

Dylan released 'Blood on the Tracks', considered one of his greatest albums, reflecting on the dissolution of his marriage and marked by its confessional lyrics.


07 June 1988

Never Ending Tour Commencement

Bob Dylan began what would become known as the Never Ending Tour, a continuous touring schedule that saw him performing live to audiences around the world.


07 April 2008

Pulitzer Prize Special Citation

Dylan was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.


13 October 2016

Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature

Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.


19 June 2020

Rough and Rowdy Ways Release

Dylan released his 39th studio album, 'Rough and Rowdy Ways'. His first album of original songs since 2012, it was critically acclaimed and explored themes of mortality and reflection.

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