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Bob Dylan 70: The BBC celebrate his birthday

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Karen Miller Karen Miller | 14:45 UK time, Wednesday, 18 May 2011

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).

Bob Dylan

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.

BBC Radio Scotland:

Friday 20 & 27 May: Another Country with Ricky Ross - Rosanne Cash, Tom Jones, The Secret Sisters, Teddy Thompson are amongst the musicians who choose their favourite Dylan song.

Here's Rosanne Cash (who shares her birthday with Bob) telling Ricky about her favourite Dylan song...



Tuesday 24 May: Mary Ann Kennedy's Global Gathering - Mary Ann introduces highlights from the 2011 Celtic Connections Bob Dylan Tribute Concert.

Wednesday 25 May: The Jazz House
Stephen Duffy marks Bob Dylan's 70th birthday with jazz versions of Dylan classics by the Danish Radio Big Band, Barb Jungr and Nina Simone.

BBC Radio 2

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.


BBC Radio 4

Saturday 21 May: Bob Dylan and Me
Poets, musicians and fans reflect on what Bob Dylan means to them.


BBC 6 Music

Daily from 17-22 May: The Bob Dylan Story
Kris Kristofferson presenter the story of singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in a six part series.

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


BBC Radio Ulster

Thursday 19 May: Ralph McLean Classic Albums
Ralph presents a two hour tribute to the man and his music.


BBC Four

20 & 21 May: Arena: Bob Dylan No Direction Home
The story of Bob Dylan directed by Martin Scorcese.

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