Bob Dylan stands beside Bangladesh at such a time when the country was going through the most horrific genocide of human civilization. He sang his famous Blowin` in the Wind in `The concert for Bangladesh`, which was hosted by George Harrison and Pandit Ravi Shankar to show solidarity with the war-ravaged people of Bangladesh and collect funds for them.
Bob Dylan is one of the most influential singers of the twentieth century. This puissant singer who retains his aura for more than five decades, picked up songs on social and political subjects for which he has been discussed at different times. This singer-songwriter, author, and visual artist has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016.
Born in Duluth, Minnesota, the US on May 24, 1941, Bob Dylan`s real name was Robert Allen Zimmerman. a young Robert was fascinated by music in his early age. Blues and country genre decorated his childhood and Rock and roll made his teen more colorful. Robert formed several bands during his high school years. A college student Robert picked the name Bob Dylan and started singing folk and country music. He got his first recording contract in 1961 and since then he is ruling the American music with his distinct and strong voice.
Influenced by noted singers like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard, a young Dylan formed his own band that included Golden Chord and Elston Gun. While studying at the University of Minnesota, he started singing in the local café using the name Bob Dylan. He left for New York in 1960 abandoning his studies. Legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie was admitted at a New York hospital with a chronic neurological disorder. Dylan used to visit Woody every day. He became a common visitor of Greenwich Village`s coffee houses and folk clubs. There he used to meet other musicians and used to get victual from them. That time he wrote many songs from which `Song to Woody` is referable.
His song of 1961`s late autumn received a positive response in The New York Times and Columbia Record signed a contract with him. Although there were only two basic songs in the 1962 record, Dylan managed to show his magic in folk and blues cover. In December of 1962, Dylan went on his first UK tour. Dylan`s second album was released in 1963 and by that time his reputation as a singer and songwriter started to grow. Most of the songs on this album were rebellious. The Freewheelin` Bob Dylan album earned a reputation as the most distinct and poetic voice in American popular music history. Dylan participated in 200 concerts a year in 1964.
In addition to singing Dylan equally shows talent in writing poetry. Romantic poets like Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Blake`s influence are visible in his poetry. His poetry contains love, religion, and revolt. This legend won the Nobel Prize in 2016 for making an unmatched contribution to poetic literature through music. After the novelist Toni Morrison, he was the first American to be honored with this award. Along with Nobel, Bob Dylan was awarded the Grammy, and the Golden Globe Award. He got the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the then President Barack Obama. On his 78th birth anniversary, we wish this legend a happy and healthy life ahead.
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