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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan plays his first paid concert, at the Loeb Music Center for the University of New York Folk Society, New York City, USA. In the audience is his future girlfriend Suze Rotolo.
When Bob Dylan makes his first concert hall appearance, promoted by Izzy Young, at Carnegie Chapter Hall, New York City, USA, most of the 52-strong audience are his friends.
In weekly UK music paper NME [New Musical Express], writer Nat Hentoff describes Bob Dylan as "the most exciting talent in years."
On his first visit to the UK, Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at the Surbiton Folk Club, Surbiton.
When Bob Dylan attends a Civil Rights Voters' registration rally on Silas McGee's farm in Greenwood, Mississippi, USA, he performs a previously unheard song, Only A Pawn In Their Game. Pete Seeger and Theodore Bikel also perform at this event.
Bob Dylan records With God On Our Side, Only A Pawn In Their Game and other tracks during his second recording session for his album The Times They Are A-Changin', at Columbia Records Recording Studios, New York City, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at the Town Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Record producer, engineer, and mixer Mark Howard is born in Manchester, UK, but will spend much of his career based in Canada. He will work with many artists including Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Marianne Faithfull, Emmylou Harris, U2, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., Neil Young, and The Neville Brothers.
Bob Dylan plays at Paterson Gym, San Diego, California, USA.
Jody Miller records Only Love Can Break A Heart, All I Really Want To Do (a Bob Dylan composition), He Hit Me and Lonely Queen in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine St., Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. None of these tracks will be released.
Bob Dylan plays at Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York State, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
At the Odeon Theatre, Birmingham, UK, The Spencer Davis Group turns out to see Bob Dylan play.
Bob Dylan's gatefold-sleeved double album Blonde On Blonde enters the UK pop albums chart where it will peak at No3 during a fifteen-week run.
Nina Simone has the first of two recording sessions in New York City, USA, which will produce her version of the Bob Dylan song I Shall Be Released.
Phluph have a recording session for Verve Records in New York City, USA, during which they record Girl In Tears, Elliptical Machine, Lovely Lady, Death Of A Nation, Love Eyes and the Bob Dylan composition, It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry.
Guitarist Fred Carter Jr and drummer Kenny Buttrey record overdubs for the Bob Dylan tracks The Boxer and Belle Isle at Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
If Not For You, a Bob Dylan composition recorded by Olivia Newton-John, peaks at No25 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA.
Bob Dylan is working on Golden Loom, Oh, Sister, Mozambique and other songs in Studio E, Columbia Records Studios, New York City, during sessions for the album Desire.
Bob Dylan makes a last will and testament.
Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue plays at the Municipal Auditorium, Bangor, Maine.
Roy Carr of UK music paper the NME (New Musical Express) reviews the newly-released Leonard Cohen album Death Of A Ladies Man, noting, "With Bob Dylan crooning vocal harmony, Don't Go Home With Your Hard On is one step removed from 'Rainy Day Women'".
At the start of a major tour of the Far East, Bob Dylan plays the last of three nights at The Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Ninety thousand tickets for Bob Dylan's upcoming series of six concerts at Earl's Court, London, UK, concerts are sold in eight hours.
Bob Dylan plays at the Forum de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Bob Dylan plays at Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Bob Dylan is in Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama, USA, working on songs including Slow Train and Trouble In Mind, with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits on guitar.
Bob Dylan's close longtime friend Howard Alk is found dead at Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California, USA. Alk's death is ruled a suicide.
Bob Dylan is in the Power Station, New York City, USA, working on tracks for his album Infidels. Mark Knopfler is acting as co-producer. Knopfler also plays guitar on the album, along with former Rolling Stones' axeman Mick Taylor. On this day, Dylan works on the song Blind Willie McTell.
Bob Dylan's album Infidels enters the Billboard US Top 40 albums chart where it will peak at No20 during a ten-week run.
Bob Dylan releases the album Empire Burlesque in Japan on CBS/Sony Records.
Bob Dylan receives the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Founder's Award. Dylan's acceptance speech at Chasen's Restaurant, Los Angeles, is broadcast by on CNN's Showbiz Today show.
When Bob Dylan plays in the Piazza Grande, Locarno, Switzerland, with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, he has a realisation, ''That night, it all just came to me,'' he revealed later. ''All of a sudden, I could sing anything.'' This will lead him to start his Never Ending Tour. On the same day, Johnny Marr, formerly guitarist with The Smiths, begins rehearsals with The Pretenders prior to a tour of the USA supporting U2.
Bob Dylan's album Down In The Groove enters the UK pop albums chart, where it will peak at No32 during a three-week run.
After taking a brief break, Bob Dylan has resumed work on the album Oh Mercy at Soniat Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, with producer Daniel Lanois.
Bob Dylan's 1986 box set, Biograph, earns a platinum disc in the USA.
Bob Dylan's album Desire earns a double platinum disc award from the R.I.A.A. in the USA. Simultaneously Blonde On Blonde and Freewheelin' are awarded platinum discs.
Bob Dylan plays in the Eric Clapton Benefit show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA, for Clapton's Crossroads Centre in Antigua. Dylan sings six songs backed by Eric Clapton's band, then returns for an encore of Bright Lights, Big City with Sheryl Crow.
Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard play at The University of Portland, Portland, Oregon, USA.
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Jack Johnson, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Ernie Cruz and The Girlas perform the Bob Dylan song I Shall Be Released live at the Kokua Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at Via Funchal, Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America.
The Levon Helm Band plays one its regular Midnight Ramble Sessions Vol 3, in Helm's barn in Woodstock, New York State, USA. Guest musicians taking part in the session include Brian Mitchell. Among the songs recorded on this evening is the Bob Dylan composition A Simple Twist Of Fate.
Bob Dylan plays in Harbor Park, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights in The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bob Dylan releases his Christmas album, Christmas In The Heart.
Bob Dylan plays in the Shrine Mosque Auditorium, Springfield, Missouri.
Bob Dylan plays in The Telmex Auditorium, Guadalajara, Mexico, Central America.
Usher reaches No1 in the i-Tunes UK albums chart with his seventh album, Looking 4 Myself.
Bob Dylan plays at The Festival Vielles Charrues, Carhaix, France, Europe.
A judge in Paris, France, Europe, drops year-old charges against Bob Dylan for allegedly violating French anti-discrimination laws in a Rolling Stone magazine interview in which he appeared to compare Croatians to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. Instead, the judge decides the courts should pursue publisher Michel Birnbaum, for deciding to publish the remarks in France.