Bob Dylan Discography and Fact Sheet

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Robert Allen Zimmerman - May 24, 1941 - Duluth, Minnesota USA


In New York City - the fall of 1961...After high school graduation Bob enrolled at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis to study art. He began performing in coffee houses and took the name of Bob Dylan from a favorite poet Dylan Thomas. Dylan hitched to New York City in January of 1961, bummed around the coffee houses of Greenwich Village, playing whenever he could and quietly began making a name for himself. In April of 1961 he opened for John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City. Later that year Bob was on the bill with the Greenbrier Boys at Gerde's and was given rave reviews in the New York Times folk and jazz section of the paper. John Hammond, a talent scout for Columbia records saw the review, met Bob and signed him to a Columbia Records recording contract.


Bob Dylan is primarily a solo performer, picking up side men to fill out his sound. Early on, Dylan hooked up with the Hawks who became the supporting group on Dylan's 1965-1966 world tour.

The Hawks continued their affiliation with Dylan, changed their name to The Band and went on to a successful recording career of their own.

Bob Dylan on guitar, harp and vocals - Plus...

Band Member Noise Maker
Robbie Robertson Guitar,Vocals
Rick Danko Bass, Vocals
Levon Helm Drums, Vocals
Garth Hudson Keyboards, Sax
Richard Maneul Keyboards, Vocals

More of Bob Dylan's backup groups and touring artists

In 1975 Bob Dylan took a eclectic group of individuals on the road, over 50 people that included the most legendary and prolific songwriters and musicians of the time. This was the Rolling Thunder Review. The short list of performers included Joan Baez, T-Bone Burnett, Allen Ginsberg, Bobby Neuwirth, Rambling Jack Elliot, Roger McGuinn, David Mansfield, Rob Stoner, Howie Wyeth and Gary Burke.

In 1988 Bob Dylan embarked on what became known as The Never-Ending Tour - a continuous parade of shows that was on tour well into the late 90's. The cast of musicians include...

Performer Noise Maker Total Shows
G.E. Smith Guitar 218
Kenny Aaronson Bass 75
Christopher Parker Drums 263
Tony Garnier Bass 461
John Staehely Guitar 22
Cesar Diaz Guitar 43
John Jackson Guitar 273
Ian Wallace Drums 172
Charlie Quintana Drums 44
Winston Watson Drums 106

Over the years some of the most notable guest artist's on the Never-Ending Tour have included...

Neil Young
Joe Walsh
Ringo Starr
Van Morrison
Roger McGuinn
Jerry Garcia
T-Bone Burnett
The Chieftains
Bruce Springsteen
Elvis Costello
Carol King
Rolling Stones
Sheryl Crow
Dickie Betts
Stevie Nicks


In the summer of 06' Bob and his band played their way through shows on the east coast most of August and began with a gig at Fifth-Third Stadium in Comstock Park, Michigan August 12. The tour finished up at Memorial Stadium in Fort Wayne, Ind., September 5. The tour included 17 ballparks in all. This was the 3rd ball park tour that Dylan has completed.

This week (8/30/06) I was in attendance with my wife at Frontier Field in Rochester New York to see Bob and his band. I have only seen Dylan once and that was at Woodstock 94'...I can't remember seeing too much of him then!...but Wednesday's show was awesome. The ballpark shows are a great family event. Catch a future gig if you can... Who knows how long this classic rock icon will continue to tour these historical ballparks.

Here is the set list from that show.

1. Cat's In The Well
2. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
3. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
4. Positively 4th Street
5. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
6. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
7. Masters Of War
8. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
9. Joey
10. Highway 61 Revisited
11. Sugar Baby
12. Summer Days

13. Like A Rolling Stone
14. All Along The Watchtower

Following is a review of the Frontier Field show (8/30/06) by Jeff Spevak, Rochester D&C staff music critic

'Retro' Dylan Sounds Really Modern

Dylan, who played keyboards the entire show, certainly showed off his roots Wednesday night, with 5,500 folks comfortably spread out on the infield and in the stands at Frontier Field. It remains a lasting thrill to hear the crowd respond with approval on "Like a Rolling Stone" when Dylan asks "How does it feeeeeel?"

Although he's on the road with his outstanding new album, Modern Times, just one day old, Dylan's 90-minute set was stuffed with classics. As always, he dramatically rearranged every one of his old songs, often taking them down darkly evil, organ-laden paths. So you ended up with a laconically swinging, director's cut of "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight," including whirling organ, that you could dance to if you were a funeral-home director. "Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat" retained its jaunty attitude, while there was an added urgency to the dead-gangster lament "Joey." He sang "All Along the Watchtower" with a curious staccato delivery and "Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again" was drenched in extended guitars.

It was all so deceptively amiable. "Masters of War" was a special treat, sung with the cold detachment of disdain, and closing with the chilling line "I'll stand on your grave until I'm sure that you're dead." They ain't writing them like that anymore, folks.

Three supporting acts were stellar. Opener Alana James & The Continental Two were joined by Whit Smith, the guitarist in her fabulous former Austin, Texas, band, Hot Club of Cowtown. He helped create a lusty bluegrass quartet that's far from her old western swing outfit.

Jimmie Vaughan has paid his dues and created a body of work that stands on its own. It's no knock on the guy to suggest he really plays and sings a lot like his younger brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan. But that's a Texas thing, a Fabulous Thunderbirds thing, a Freddie King thing. After a few songs, Vaughan brought out Lou Ann Barton, a criminally underheard belter who helped close the argument that roadhouse blues remains a great American sound.

As for Junior Brown, I've seen him lay this trap before. He comes out in his suit and big white hat with his bizarre guitar — a self-designed double-necked "guit-steel" that's half standard electric guitar and half steel guitar — and starts playing his dust-covered cowboy stuff.

It's great, if you like Ernest Tubb, and wryly amusing songs about the cops looking for you and "My Wife Thinks You're Dead." Then, waiiiiiiitaminute ... what's this? Suddenly "My Wife Thinks You're Dead" bleeds into Hawaiian guitar, hootenanny instrumentals, a Mexican ballad sung by Brown in Spanish, Clapton blues, surf and spaghetti western.

Through it all, he's bending the strings on the guit-steel for a range of sound that goes from rumbling suspension-bridge cables to Sputnik in space peeps.

It was freakin' amazing.


Year Album
1997 Time Out Of Mind
2001 Love And Theft
2002 Bootleg Series - Vol 5 - Bob Dylan Live 1975 - The Rolling Thunder Review
2004 Bootleg Series Vol 6 - Bob Dylan Live 1964 - Concert at Philharmonic Hall
2005 The Bootleg Series - Vol 7 - No Direction Home, Soundtrack
2005 Live at the Gaslight
2006 Modern Times
2009 Together Through Life
2009 Christmas in the Heart


Rank Album Title and Year
#1 Blood On The Tracks - 1975
#1 Desire - 1976
#1 Love And Theft - 2001
#1 Planet Waves - 1974
#1 Modern Times - 2006
#1 Together Through Life - 2009
#2 John Wesley Harding - 1968
#3 Before The Flood - 1974
#3 Highway 61 Revisited - 1965
#3 Nashville Skyline - 1969
#3 Slow Train Coming - 1979
#4 Self Portrait - 1970
#6 Bringing It All Back Home - 1965
#7 New Morning - 1970
#7 The Basement Tapes - 1975
#7 Positively 4th Street - 1965
#9 Blonde On Blonde - 1966
#9 Together Through Life - 2009
#9 Christmas in the Heart - 2009
#10 Time Out Of Mind - 1997
#10 Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits - 1967


Rank Album Title and Year
#2 Like A Rolling Stone - 1965
#2 Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - 1966
#5 Knockin' On Heaven's Door - 1973
#5 Silvio - 1988
#6 Subterranean Homesick Blues - 1965
#7 Lay Lady Lay - 1969
#7 Positively 4th Street - 1965
#8 Everything Is Broken - 1989
#8 Slow Train - 1989


Determining accurate and reliable U.S. sales is difficult. Determining foreign sales is almost impossible, not to mention the huge amount of bootlegging in many countries of the world. Album sales reported here are based on the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) Latest data.

  • Bob Dylan has sold more than 35 Million Albums in the USA


Grammy Awards - The Grammy's are the only peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.


1972 - The Concert For Bangladesh
Album of the year

1979 - World Gone Wrong
Best traditional Folk Album

1997 - Time Out Of Mind
Album of the year

1997 - Time Out of Mind
Best contemporary folk Album

2001 - Love And theft
Best contemporary folk Album


1979 - Gotta Serve somebody
Best male rock vocal performance

1997 - Cold Irons bound
Best male rock vocal performance

Grammy hall of Fame - This Award was established by the Recording Academy's National Trustees in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. Winners are selected annually by a special member committee of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts.

Recording Format Inducted
Blowin' In The Wind Folk Single 1994
Like A Rolling Stone Rock Single 1998
Highway 61 Revisited Rock Album 2002
Mr. Tambourine Man Rock Track 2002

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award - This Special Merit Award is presented by vote of the Recording Academy's National Trustees to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artist significance to the field of recording.

  • Bob Dylan - awarded 1991


Bob Dylan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988

  • Inductees: Bob Dylan (guitar, Harp, vocals, born May 24, 1941 - Duluth, Minnesota USA)


Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time

Position Album
#4 Highway 61 Revisited
#9 Blonde On Blonde
#16 Blood On The Tracks
#31 Bringing It All Back Home
#97 The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
#174 Desire
#291 The Basement Tapes, Bob Dylan and The Band
#301 John Wesley Harding
#408 Time Out Of Mind
#467 Love And Theft

Ultimate Album list (Not Ranked)

From "" 2003, the list is now off line as far as I can tell. But..I think this list stands as a current and enduring snapshot of the best classic rock albums out there.

  • Blonde On Blonde

  • Blood On The Tracks

  • Bringing It All Back Home

  • Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

  • Live 1966 - The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert

  • Highway 61 Revisited

Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time

Position Song
#1 Like A Rolling Stone
#14 Blowin' In The Wind
#59 The Times They Are A-Changin'
#68 Tangled Up In Blue
#106 Mr. Tambourine Man
#185 Desolation Row
#190 Knocking On Heaven's Door
#203 Positively 4th Street
#230 Just Like A Woman
#332 Subterranean Homesick Blues
#364 Highway 61 Revisited
#404 Visions Of Johanna


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