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    Bob Dylan:  born May 24, 1941.

    Bob was born in Dulluth, Minnesota, with 
the given name of Robert Zimmerman.  His father
was Abraham, a Jew.  Born a Jew himself, Bob, 
hides this fact and initially denied it, too.  
The Zimmerman family soon move to Hibbing.
He left college after one year to follow in the 
foot steps of his greatest idol of inspiration, 
Woody Guthrue.  He travelled to New York in 1961. 
He soon began to write some of his classic protest 
songs like "Blowin'In The Wind,"  "Maggie's Farm," 
and "The Masters Of War."
    In 1966, Dylan's career took a sudden change 
with a motorcyle accident leading to songs of new 
found faith.
    His next album contained sixty-one Biblical 
references.  Then in the next five years, he 
collaborated with country singer\songwriter
Johnny Cash.  This period was marked with love 
songs.
    A few years later, he began to examine his 
Jewish Religion.
    Towards the end of 1978, Dylan found himself 
with a new found conversion to Chirstianity.  The 
albums from this era are Slow Train Coming and Saved.  
Although the sudden change, Dylan quickly found
himself a Jew again.  
    In the Eightie's he teemed up with the Grateful 
Dead (There is a live album release of this: Dylan 
And The Dead.)  And later, he joined a band known 
as the Travelling Willburies, consisting also of
Tom Petty, George Harrison, and Roy Orbison.  
This was the last album Orbison would ever play on 
before his death.
    In the spring of 1997, there was a huge scare 
for Dylan's life.  He was plagued with a heart disease 
and was more than once close to death.  He quickly 
recovered and took part in a concert for the Pope.
The Pope quoted Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" in 
his sermon.
    Later that year, Dylan released what is called 
the best album of the 90's, Time Out Of Mind.  This 
became Dylan's second and most winning Grammy Album 
winning three awards, Album of the Year, Best
Contemporary Folk Album, and Best Vocal Performance 
for "Cold Irons Bound".

Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, And Levon Helm

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