Bob Dylan Center: Iconic Artist Biography, History

TULSA, Okla. – Iconic singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is set to open a center in Tulsa showcasing his life of music, art and performance.

Dylan was born on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. His real name is Robert Allen Zimmerman.

Dylan began his musical career by forming several bands before attending the University of Minnesota where he began performing under the name Bob Dillon. He dropped out of college in 1960 and moved to New York where he began visiting his idol, Oklahoma native Woody Guthrie, who was battling a nervous system disease.

The following year, Dylan signed a deal with Columbia Records where he officially took on the name “Bob Dylan”. He released a self-titled record full of mostly traditional folk songs with a few original tracks in 1962.

Dylan started touring and released three consecutive iconic albums before a motorcycle accident in 1966 took him off the road and caused him to write, record and experiment with other genres. He will end up starting to turn again almost non-stop from the beginning of the 1980s.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

Dylan has released 39 studio albums and is still touring in his 80s.

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