He first learned how to play guitar and harmonica, deciding to start a band called the Golden Chords in high school. After graduating in 1959, Bob Dylan would go on to study art at University of Minnesota. It would be his time at college when would start to perform folk music at coffee houses under the name, Bob Dylan. He drew his inspiration and even last name from poet Dylan Thomas. Blues musicians like Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie would influence Dylan’s music.
(Spitz 9) For others this might have been a setback but for Dylan it was the perfect environment to nurture his interests, in music specifically. At the age of ten he was writing poems and by thirteen was setting them to music with self-taught piano and guitar skills. Dylan’s interest in music continued to climb as he entered Hibbing High School. During his high school years Dylan would become involved in musical productions and attempt forming many bands with such names as the Golden Chords and Elston Gunn and His Rock Bop... ... middle of paper ... ...calls streetcar visions, a direct reference to Tennessee Williams play “A Street Car Called Desire.” The symbolism continues throughout the song and is accompanied with music that, while not the best of his career, still defined the American folk sound. The music is acoustic once again after he made a brief stint recording with bands and electric guitars.
Miller decided to study literature his senior year at the University of Copenhagen. After arriving back in the states he heard an act the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. This caught his attention and he left for Chicago to enter the blues-scene, at this point he was only six credits shy of graduating. Once in Chicago he did session work for Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and Howlin’ Wolf.
By the time this musically inclined boy turned ten he could already play the harmonica, piano, and taught himself how to play the guitar. In his first year of high school, he formed a group, the Golden Chords. Dylan then went to the University of Minnesota for arts only to stay there for three semesters. After playing at various coffeehouses he realized school was not for him so he moved to New York, when he turned twenty years old and had hopes of meeting his idol, Woody Guthrie, who he visited many times at the hospital. (Bob Dylan Biography | Rolling Stone) During his time there, he signed with Columbia Records after being spotted by John Hammond, who he is still with today.
Dylan was drawn into both the musical style and the social message of these indivisuals. In 1959 he left for college, but instead of consentrating on his studies he devoted himself to his music. He sang wherever he could, his performance style, a nasal tone with annunciation problems sometimes drew applause while other times critisism, yet this would later became his trademark sound. It was also around this time when he began performing with a guitar and harmonica. It was during his performing days in Dinkytown that the young Bob Zimmerman first began using Bob Dylan as his stage name.
In 1959, Dylan attended the University of Minnesota emphasizing folk music but soon dropped his education to pursue his interest in music, his obsessions with Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. (www.top-success.com.) Dylan apparently started three prior bands to his own, "The Gaden Chords," "Elston Gunn," and "His Rock Boppers." At eighteen, Dylan was eager to join Little Richard and soon followed his heart straight on into New York City. By the beginning of the year 1961, he was renowned throughout Greenwich Village, the artist district of New York City, to play at coffeehouses throughout the area.
John Denver was a big-time folk music singer-songwriter throughout the 1970s. He was born in Roswell, New Mexico on December 31st, 1943. At a young age, he began showing an interest in music and received his first Gibson guitar when he was a teenager. In 1961, he attended the Texas Technical University, but dropped out soon after in 1964 to start his music career. He launched his career in 1965 by performing with the Chad Mitchell Trio and continued to play with them until 1968.
He was born with the name Robert Allen Zimmerman and later acquired the pseudonym Bob Dylan while performing folk songs in local coffee shops on his University of Minnesota campus. (Bio) He was asked for his name by the Ten O’Clock Scholar coffee shops owner David Lee and he frantically said Bob Dylan. Dylan said that when asked he came up with it on the spot. There are many different rumors of how he came up with it such as it being a relatives name or a character from one of his favorite TV shows. Shortly after playing in the coffee shops he was approached by Columbia Records to with a record deal to make an album.
His songs were labeled as social protest songs with the genre of Folk and later forming to Folk-Rock (ABCCLIO Interactive). Bob Dylan’s major success came once he was found and represented by a “folk-music critic of New York Times, Robert Shelton” (The H.W. Wilson Company). Dylan began his fame in the world playing his guitar, harmonica, or piano and even created the stage name Bob Dylan during his years shortly after high school (ABCCL... ... middle of paper ... ...sage, for people to begin to take notice and reason out actions of civil equality between not only blacks and whites but all people. Dylan stands by his belief of the relevance that his songs, even Oxford Town, are to the society during the time written and future years for as long as it is heard.
Dean Felber joined and then in 1989 Jim “Soni” Sonefeld joined, officially forming Hootie & the Blowfish. The band was signed by Atlantic Records and recorded six albums; all the albums featured songs written by Darius, Mark, and Felber. “The group's blusey harmonica solos—working in tandem with Rucker's de... ... middle of paper ... ... Wagon Wheel, Radio, Lost in you, and Lie to me) on repeat and never get bored of them. My uncle introduced me to Hootie & the Blowfish when I was younger but I didn’t continue to listen to Darius, that much, until after I heard “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”.