Bob Dylan Wins: Phenomenal Musician Receives 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature - Some Amazing Facts

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 12: Musician Bob Dylan onstage during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at The Hollywood Palladium on January 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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His real name is Robert Zimmerman, but he is popularly known as Bob Dylan - an American musician who ended up winning the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Here are some facts about the Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan started off in the late '50s as a singer/songwriter who played the acoustic guitar, and he released his first album in 1962. He was the rave of the moment with protest songs that gave him wide publicity and he became a toast of music lovers all over the world.

In 1966 he was involved in a motorcycle accident and took him away from public eyes for nearly eight years. He had earlier performed a show that went bad with fans in late 1965, but the news of his accident months later quelled the fury fans had against him - perhaps for playing the electric guitar when he was expected to play his well-known acoustic guitar at the event.

Even though fans and critics hailed Dylan as a great artist and poet, he preferred to refer to himself as a lowly rabbit catcher and dog smoother. He was popular and his artistic shows drew the crowd, but he preferred to be himself and play down public praises.

"I live in my dreams," he once said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. "I don't really live in the actual world."

Dylan became a true Christian in 1979 even though he came from a Jewish background. Around the time of his conversion, he played more of Christian-themed songs and released three albums that people saw as religious. And then in 2009 he released a full Christmas album that portrayed his Christian faith.

Bob Dylan has hundreds of hit songs, and some of these include "Maggie's Farm," "Tangled Up in Blue," "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Just Like a Woman," and "Homesick Blues" among many others.   

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