Today in Literary History – May 24, 1941 – Bob Dylan is born

Bob Dylan, singer, songwriter, musician and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for literature, was born in Duluth, Minnesota on May 24, 1941, as Robert Zimmerman. I have been listening to, enjoying, admiring, obsessing over and being confounded by Dylan for half a century.


When I was nine years old, in 1966, our family got its first stereo console, in those days a big piece of furniture the size of a dining room sideboard. It came with a few free records. One of them was Too Much Tequila (which I couldn’t pronounce) by the Tijuana (which I also couldn’t pronounce) Brass. Another was a Columbia Records compilation that included Dylan’s goofy number All I Really Want To Do. I was immediately captivated and haven’t looked back since!

There’s nothing else I can say about him in 300 words. Happy birthday, Bob!


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