1. In 2008, he became the first Rock musician ever awarded a Pulitzer Prize. He was given the special award for his “profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” (thanks, Bertrand – Paris, France)
2. Bob Dylan’s first band was formed in high school and called the Golden Chords. He was the piano player.
3. He was secretly married for six years to Carol Dennis, one of his backup singers. They had a daughter together.
4. In 1960, Dylan was paid 50 dollars to play harmonica on a Harry Belafonte album.
5. He was raised Jewish, but became a born-again Christian in the late ’70s.
6. Michael Jackson and Dylan performed together at Elizabeth Taylor’s 55th birthday party in 1987.
7. In 1960, Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers tried to get the manager of a Denver club to kick Dylan off the bill, complaining that his voice was awful.
8. When a CBS censor informed him that he couldn’t play “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues” on The Ed Sullivan Show, Dylan refused to go on.
9. Dylan has nine grandchildren and sports a bumper sticker on his car that reads “World’s Greatest Grandpa.”
10. After Elvis died, Dylan didn’t speak to anyone for a week.
11. At John Prine’s second gig outside of Chicago ever, Dylan showed up to play backup harmonica.
12. As a musician, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.
13. His first wife, Sara Lownds, worked as a Playboy bunny.
14. Before he renamed himself Bob Dylan, Robert Allen Zimmerman briefly went by Elston Gunn.
15. In the mid-1970s, then-unknown comic Steve Martin opened for Dylan in Tampa, Florida.