Bob Dylan 70: The BBC celebrate his birthday
24th May sees one of contemporary music's most influential singers and songwriters, Bob Dylan, celebrate his 70th birthday. The man from Minnesota who was inspired by Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams penned some of the best known, and most frequently covered songs of the twentieth century. As early as the mid sixties his compositions were already being recorded by The Byrds and The Turtles, and it's been claimed that The Beatles' shift toward introspective song-writing in the latter half of their career, would never have happened without him (allmusic.com).
Throughout his career Dylan has been both a folk and country singer, political activist and more recently a radio DJ. One of the reasons for his continued popularity through the decades is that his songs are timeless. Tracks such as The Times They Are A-Changin' and Masters of War are as relevant today as they were when he wrote them.
So for the next couple of weeks the BBC are paying tribute to the great man. On television, radio and online, across all the networks you'll find Dylan features and programmes. Here's just a small sample, you can find the full list on the BBC Schedule.
Here's Rosanne Cash (who shares her birthday with Bob) telling Ricky about her favourite Dylan song...
Wednesday 18 May: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - A Folk Tribute.
the cream of the British folk scene re-interprets songs from his iconic album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.
Monday 23 May: Dylan's Women
Bob Harris takes a look at the women behind the songs.
Saturday 21 May: Bob Dylan and Me
Poets, musicians and fans reflect on what Bob Dylan means to them.
24-26 May: Bob Dylan Changing Times
BBC 6 Music explores Bob Dylan's career in 1969, 1979 and 1989 and assesses his self-reinvention at the end of each decade
Thursday 19 May: Ralph McLean Classic Albums
Ralph presents a two hour tribute to the man and his music.