Bob Dylan: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

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We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Bob Dylan, and now we’re back with part two! Keep reading to learn eight more interesting and little-known facts about the world’s favorite folk rocker, who is still going strong at the age of 74.

Number Eight: He Lied to His Girlfriend’s Mom. Dylan was set to meet the mother of his then-girlfriend, Suze Rotolo, he decided he really wanted to earn her trust. To accomplish this, he lied to her mother and told her he had a degenerative eye disease that would cause him to go blind.

Number Seven: He Was on the First Episode of The Johnny Cash ShowNot only was Dylan on the first episode of The Johnny Cash Show, but he appeared on it with Joni Mitchell. Talk about a power trio!

Number Six: He Refused to Go on The Ed Sullivan ShowSpeaking of cameos on shows, Dylan refused to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show because of censorship. A CBS censor told him that he wasn’t allowed to play “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues” on the show, and that sealed the deal.

Number Five: He Has Accepted Two Honorary Degrees. Though Dylan has been offered more honorary degrees, he has only accepted two. The two he accepted are from Princeton, in 1970, and from the University of St. Andrews, in 2004.

Number Four: He Could Be Quite Elaborate. The first draft of Dylan’s arguably most popular song, “Like a Rolling Stone,” was pretty lengthy. Six pages long, to be exact. He managed to cut it down to just six minutes, thankfully.

Number Three: He Can Paint, Too. Dylan is obviously a talented poet, singer and musician, but did you know he can also paint? The cover of his 1970 album Self Portrait is a painting that he did.

Number Two: He Has a Special Award from The Pulitzer Prize Committee. In 2008, the Pulitzer Prize committee awarded Dylan with a special citation. The citation was for “lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”

Number One: He Has an Interesting Connection to SeinfeldFinally, Dylan has a connection to one of Seinfeld’s writers, Larry Charles. Charles directed Dylan’s 2003 film, titled Masked & Anonymous.

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