By: Kathryn Summers
Today Bob Dylan celebrates his 72nd birthday. Since his self-titled debut album in the early ‘60s, Dylan’s career has spanned more than five decades, with the continued release of classic albums and hits like “It Ain’t Me Babe,” “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”
Having been an admirer of poetry and influenced by the blues, Dylan wrote songs during the civil rights movement that solidified his status as a wildly talented singer-songwriter during his iconic second album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.
Never letting himself be pigeonholed to one genre, Dylan has released albums of pop, electric-folk and country-rock music, but he remains one of the undisputed rock legends of our time. After nearly twenty studio albums, Dylan deservedly won his first Grammy, one of many to come, for the 1979 album Slow Train Coming.
Both a lover and a fighter, Dylan carried on through heartbreak and unfortunate circumstances. In 1966, he suffered from critical injuries in a motorcycle accident that deeply changed both him and his music. His 1974 album Planet Waves was his first No. 1 album and led to the most successful tour in Rock and Roll history.
Dylan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, where Bruce Springsteen recognized the pioneer by saying, “Bob Dylan freed the mind in the way Elvis freed the body.”
Most recently, Dylan released his 35th studio album, Tempest, and is set to embark on the Americanarama tour with Wilco and My Morning Jacket this summer.
So today we wish Bob Dylan, the man who changed Rock and Roll as we know it, a Happy Birthday!
For more on the life and career of Bob Dylan, head to his official website.