The US singer-songwriter was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature on October 13, 2016, 'for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition'. He is the first ever songwriter to win the prestigious award
American electric folk singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota May 24, 1941.
American electric folk singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota, on May 24, 1941. He was signed by Columbia Records president John Hammond to a five-year recording contract in 1961. (Getty)
Dylan's album John Wesley Harding released in 1967, with the song 'All Along the Watchtower'. The song later went on to become one of America's all-t
Dylan's album John Wesley Harding, released in 1967, featured the song 'All Along the Watchtower'. The song went on to become one of America's all-time most covered rock songs. In photo: Dylan performs on June 3, 1984. (Getty)
Dylan's thirtieth studio album 'Time Out of my Mind' released in 1997.
Dylan's thirtieth studio album 'Time Out of my Mind' was released in 1997. This was his first original material in seven years since 1990's 'Under the Red Sky'. 'Time Out of my Mind' won three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year in 1998. (AFP)
This file photo taken on February 27, 2002 shows US singer Bob Dylan (L) performing at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
In 2001, 'Things Have Changed' won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. The song penned for the movie 'Wonder Boys' was released in 2000. In photo: Dylan performs at the 44th Grammy Awards in 2002. (AFP)
This file photo taken on April 25, 2011 shows US poet and folk singer Bob Dylan performing during the Bluesfest music festival near Byron Bay.
The US poet and singer won a special Pulitzer prize in 2008 for his 'profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power'. He was the first rock and roll artist to be honoured with this award. (AFP)
An album of holiday songs 'Christmas in the Heart' was released in 2009. The royalties from sales of these recordings were donated.
An album of holiday songs 'Christmas in the Heart' was released in 2009. The royalties from sales of these recordings were donated to feeding the hungry. In photo: Dylan performing during the 21st edition of the Vieilles Charrues music fest in 2012. (AFP)
President Barack Obama presented the country's highest civilian honour Presidential Medal of Freedom to US musician Bob Dylan in 2012.
President Barack Obama presents the country's highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to Bob Dylan in 2012. 'There is not a bigger giant in the history of American music,' Obama had said on the occasion. (AFP)
The Fender Stratocaster electric guitar played by musician Bob Dylan on July 25, 1965 at Newport Folk Festival.
The Fender Stratocaster electric guitar Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, better known as 'the night Dylan went electric'. Here it's at an auction preview at Christie's, November 25, 2013. (Getty)