Bob Dylan’s name has been bandied around in the musings of this Soundtrack dozens of times. Dylan wrote so many of the songs that were popularized by other artists. He has become almost ubiquitous in the world of Folk, Pop and Rock music. He also played with so many other artists in concert and on recordings that you take him for granted.
Bob Dylan was the first pop artist to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, “For his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”, in 2008. (He was later joined by Hank Williams in 2010 and Aretha Franklin in 2019.)
Panned by many critics for his nasal tone voice, Dylan nevertheless has made a lasting impact on the music industry. His lyrics powered so many other hit songs.
In today’s video we see a young Bob Dylan at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival. I laughed when I watched it. The whole thing was so low key. In comparison to some of the huge shows from artists like Elton John, Simon & Garfunkel, this video seems a bit unprofessional. The crowd and stage personnel seem almost disinterested.
On Monday May 24th, 2021 Bob Dylan, one of the most influential singers and songwriters of his generation, celebrated his 80th birthday. Bob is a founding member of a generation that refuses to grow old.
Here is Mr. Tamborine Man.