Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is in the news, after winning the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. Here are five facts you didn’t know about Nobel laureate Bob Dylan.
- In 1969, Dylan thought the Moon landing was a bad idea. When asked about his views in an interview, he replied, “What’s the purpose of going on the Moon? To me, it just doesn’t make any sense.”
- In contrast to his early work, Dylan hasn’t performed a solo acoustic song live in almost 25 years. The last one he performed was “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” in 1992. Despite being 75 years old, he still performs around 100 concerts every year.
- In 1987, Dylan co-starred in the Rupert Everett film, Hearts of Fire. Much of the film was shot at Hamilton’s Copp Coliseum and the Davenport Works building in Toronto. However, the movie did terribly and only played in theaters for two weeks.
- Despite the number of anthemic songs in Dylan’s catalogue, he has never had a Number One hit on the Billboard charts. The closest he got was with “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” which both peaked at Number Two (back in the mid-1960s).
- When Bob Dylan first signed with Columbia Records in 1961, he convinced record producer John Hammond he was an orphan. The 20-year-old singer was considered a minor, which meant he needed his parents as co-signers. For whatever reason, he didn’t want that so he made up the orphan story and signed his own contract.