Robert Allen Zimmerman was born in St Mary's Hospital on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota.
He later changed his name to Bob Dylan. When asked about the name change in a 2004 interview he said, "You're born, you know, the wrong names, wrong parents. I mean, that happens. You call yourself what you want to call yourself. This is the land of the free."
Dylan's paternal grandparents, Zigman and Anna Zimmerman, came to the United States from Odessa, in the Russian Empire (now Ukraine). His maternal grandparents, Ben and Florence Stone, were Lithuanian Jews who arrived in the United States in 1902.
As a musician, Bob Dylan has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. Dylan's lyrics incorporate a wide range of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences.
He has also received numerous awards including:
Eleven Grammy Awards.
A Golden Globe Award.
An Academy Award.
Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."
The Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 was awarded to Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."
Dylan married Sara Lownds 22 Nov 1965; divorced June 29, 1977. Children:
Jesse Byron Dylan, born January 6, 1966
Anna Lea born July 11, 1967
Samuel Isaac Abram born July 30, 1968
Jakob Luke born December 9, 1969
(adopted) Maria Lownds Dylan, born October 21, 1961
Daughter by Carolyn Dennis (backup singer): Desiree Gabrielle Dennis-Dylan, born on January 31, 1986.
I always KNEW I was Jewish. It may be 30 degrees of separation and I was raised in the Christian faith, but for some reason I have always tried to find a Jewish connection because something inside of me told me I was. I'm honored. --- Shelly Kilbury
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