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Robert Allen Zimmerman, born 24 May 1941. Changed his name to Bob Dylan in 1962. He’s 80 years old today, unbelievable, makes me feel young.

Dylan has written well over 600 songs and countless other verses and stories and sold more than 125m albums. His songs have been covered by over 6,000 artistes including The Byrds, Jimi Hendrix, Guns ‘n Roses and Adele. A version of “Another Cup Of Coffee” is on Tom Jones’ album released 2 weeks ago. Dylan says he wrote one of his most iconic songs, “Blowin’ In The Wind” in ten minutes then went across the road to perform it in the Gaslight coffee house in Greenwich Village NY. Labelled as the song that launched a thousand protest marches.

His output is prodigious and overwhelmingly powerful. He has performed 4045 concerts in over 800 cities worldwide since he began in 1961. That’s 1 concert every 5˝ days on average. His concert performances are quirky to say the least. I’ve been to a couple, the first at the Albert Hall in 1966 was brilliant. The second at Wembley 10 years later, not so. In addition to the songs he writes and records he is also an author, poet, composer of film scores, actor, artist, sculptor, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner and, more recently, creator of fine ‘Heaven’s Door’ whisky. And he’s funny. And an enigma.

In case you hadn’t noticed, I am unashamedly a fan. I will be playing my favourite Dylan albums today and sipping some Heaven’s Door later.

I realise he’s a bit Marmite, but are any of you with me on this or do you not get him? Have you any Bob tales to tell?

Anyway, Happy Birthday Bob and thanks.

“Ah, but I was so much older then,
I’m younger than that now”
from My Back Pages on Another Side of Bob Dylan.

 


Dad and I watched games standing on the muddy slope of the Holmesdale Road end. He cheered and I rattled.

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Of equal significance on the same day the wonderful Mr Martin Carthy folk maestro extraordinaire also celebrated his 80th.

I would argue that aside from Oh Mercy a great album Dylan has lives on his memories for far too long now. OK he still releases albums but most have been average and some almost unlistenable to.

Bob is also the owner of the award of worst concert I have ever been to award (Wembley 1987).

Mr Carthy who I have seen many times has never served up a duff gig

Edited by orpingtoneagle (24 May 2021 10.00am)

 

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It's a shame that his biggest fan Robert George Dylan Willis MBE didn't make it to celebrate this day dues to his untimely death eighteen months ago

Bob changed his name by deed poll adding Dylan to it in honour of his hero

 

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Originally posted by Palace Old Geezer

Robert Allen Zimmerman, born 24 May 1941. Changed his name to Bob Dylan in 1962. He’s 80 years old today, unbelievable, makes me feel young.

Dylan has written well over 600 songs and countless other verses and stories and sold more than 125m albums. His songs have been covered by over 6,000 artistes including The Byrds, Jimi Hendrix, Guns ‘n Roses and Adele. A version of “Another Cup Of Coffee” is on Tom Jones’ album released 2 weeks ago. Dylan says he wrote one of his most iconic songs, “Blowin’ In The Wind” in ten minutes then went across the road to perform it in the Gaslight coffee house in Greenwich Village NY. Labelled as the song that launched a thousand protest marches.

His output is prodigious and overwhelmingly powerful. He has performed 4045 concerts in over 800 cities worldwide since he began in 1961. That’s 1 concert every 5˝ days on average. His concert performances are quirky to say the least. I’ve been to a couple, the first at the Albert Hall in 1966 was brilliant. The second at Wembley 10 years later, not so. In addition to the songs he writes and records he is also an author, poet, composer of film scores, actor, artist, sculptor, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner and, more recently, creator of fine ‘Heaven’s Door’ whisky. And he’s funny. And an enigma.

In case you hadn’t noticed, I am unashamedly a fan. I will be playing my favourite Dylan albums today and sipping some Heaven’s Door later.

I realise he’s a bit Marmite, but are any of you with me on this or do you not get him? Have you any Bob tales to tell?

Anyway, Happy Birthday Bob and thanks.

“Ah, but I was so much older then,
I’m younger than that now”
from My Back Pages on Another Side of Bob Dylan.

With you on this one. I’ve only seen him once, at Blackbushe when he was pretty far away, but he’s written some incredible songs. Favourite album is probably Blood on the Tracks.

 

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Bit rotten to Joan though.

 

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View Palace Old Geezer's Profile Palace Old Geezer Flag Midhurst 24 May 21 10.36am Send a Private Message to Palace Old Geezer Add Palace Old Geezer as a friend

Originally posted by orpingtoneagle

Of equal significance on the same day the wonderful Mr Martin Carthy folk maestro extraordinaire also celebrated his 80th.

I would argue that aside from Oh Mercy a great album Dylan has lives on his memories for far too long now. OK he still releases albums but most have been average and some almost unlistenable to.

Bob is also the owner of the award of worst concert I have ever been to award (Wembley 1987).

Mr Carthy who I have seen many times has never served up a duff gig

Edited by orpingtoneagle (24 May 2021 10.00am)

Carthy, of course, stuck to his folk roots. And was good at it. Dylan always tried to be different even when he was being booed off stage in the 60s for going 'electric'.

I don't disagree with you about his concert performances. Amazing how people kept going. But there's no denying he wrote some very sharp and period defining lyrics at a very young age.

Funnily enough, the album he released during the pandemic last year 'Rough and Rowdy Ways' at the age of 79, contains some of his best work.

 


Dad and I watched games standing on the muddy slope of the Holmesdale Road end. He cheered and I rattled.

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View Palace Old Geezer's Profile Palace Old Geezer Flag Midhurst 24 May 21 10.38am Send a Private Message to Palace Old Geezer Add Palace Old Geezer as a friend

Originally posted by Midlands Eagle

It's a shame that his biggest fan Robert George Dylan Willis MBE didn't make it to celebrate this day dues to his untimely death eighteen months ago

Bob changed his name by deed poll adding Dylan to it in honour of his hero

Agreed. Didn't know until I read something about him the other day.

 


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Originally posted by chris123

Bit rotten to Joan though.

You're right. He was dreadful to her. Especially as she positively drooled over him.

Love her voice though.

 


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Saw Bob around 1989 at Hammersmith Odeon. In my lifetime, Dylan seems to have always looked 80 and sounded that age too.

saw him at Woodstock 1994, and nothing much had changed.

 


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Originally posted by Forest Hillbilly

Saw Bob around 1989 at Hammersmith Odeon. In my lifetime, Dylan seems to have always looked 80 and sounded that age too.

saw him at Woodstock 1994, and nothing much had changed.

I know what you mean about the way he looks. I guess that's why he figured as 'one of the 3' thread you started the other day. Thing is it's amazing he's around at all when you consider what he's done to his body. Just like Keith Richards.

As for his shows he'd started his Never Ending Tour the year before you saw him in 89. That tour lasted over 3000 shows up till 2019. After I saw him in 1978 I vowed never to see him live again. His gospel phase, and dreadful. Good for you to see him at Woodstock though.

What I admire about him is his use of the language, understanding what's going on and the wide range of his studio recordings. Considering he was only in his early 20s when he wrote his most significant stuff.

I know he's not to everyone's taste but, a bit like Palace, he got to me.

 


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Originally posted by Palace Old Geezer

I know what you mean about the way he looks. I guess that's why he figured as 'one of the 3' thread you started the other day. Thing is it's amazing he's around at all when you consider what he's done to his body. Just like Keith Richards.

As for his shows he'd started his Never Ending Tour the year before you saw him in 89. That tour lasted over 3000 shows up till 2019. After I saw him in 1978 I vowed never to see him live again. His gospel phase, and dreadful. Good for you to see him at Woodstock though.

What I admire about him is his use of the language, understanding what's going on and the wide range of his studio recordings. Considering he was only in his early 20s when he wrote his most significant stuff.

I know he's not to everyone's taste but, a bit like Palace, he got to me.

I never really got Dylan. His ideas were great, but I didn't rate his musical prowess or his voice.
However, the fact he has such a noteworthy fanbase means you have to respect the guy.
I keep listening now and then, but I don't think I'll ever 'get' Dylan

* somewhere in the back of my mind, I'm never quite sure he's not actually taking massive amounts of p1$$ with his output

Edited by Forest Hillbilly (24 May 2021 6.23pm)

 


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Tom-the-eagle Flag Croydon 24 May 21 7.30pm

Possibly the most overrated artist I can think off, however, it is of course subjective.

Found him a complete fake too, but then many in that industry are.

 


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