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1940s to 1950s: The early years

Leaving is coming home

  • Robert Allen Zimmerman born in Duluth/MN on May 24
  • Zimmermans move to Hibbing/MN
  • Robert grows up listening to singers like Johnnie Ace, Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. Decades later he'll perform his own versions of their songs.
  • Rock & Roll hits Minnesota with Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti", Robert starts to play his first instrument - the piano - and he plays it standing and wild, just like his R&R idols.
  • Forms his first bands, the "Shadow Blasters" and the "Golden Chords"
  • Graduation from Hibbing High School, his ambition noted in the yearbook: "to join Little Richard"
  • Fascination with older blues R&B begins, listening to Blind Lemon Jefferson, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Leadbelly and Chuck Berry among many others.
  • Leaves Hibbing for Minneapolis on Highway 61, learns to play acoustic guitar and meets Bonnie Beecher, the real "Girl from the North Country". Invents his "alter ego" Bob Dylan, probably inspired by beat poet Dylan Thomas.

1960s: The classic years »

From the archives

Beyond Here Lies Nothin' Music Video
  MEDIA, RECORDS | May 24, 2009
The 30 years miracle
  RECORDS | Sep 7, 2006
New musical based on Dylan's songs
  ART, EVENTS | Feb 9, 2006
Scorsese does it again
  MEDIA | Jan 14, 2004
"I'm Not There" movie clip leaked on YouTube
  MEDIA | Aug 26, 2007
New song comment feature
  WEB | May 25, 2005
A medal of honor
  AWARDS | May 30, 2012
Dylan to record new studio album
  RECORDS | Feb 9, 2006
Bob Dylan is Jack Fate
  MEDIA | Mar 15, 2003
"Dreamin' Of You" video
  MEDIA, RECORDS | Sep 9, 2008

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