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Robert Allen Zimmerman, known to some as Bob Dylan, was born May 24, 1941. Folk Alley is celebrating Bob's 70th birthday with a special 4-hour side stream featuring numerous artists paying tribute to one of the most prolific and influential songwriters of our time. 

Hear music from Joan Baez, Tim O'Brien, Rosanne Cash, Jimmy Lafave, Eliza Gilkyson, Guy Davis, Lucy Kaplansky, Richie Havens, Nanci Griffith, Sarah Jarosz...of course, Bob himself...and many others!

**Sorry- the Dylan Turns 70 side stream is no longer available, but for those who have been asking – here is the full side stream playlist:

 BOB DYLAN 70th Birthday Tribute Stream 
Bob DylanSong To WoodyNo Direction Home: The Soundtrack
Joan BaezIt's All Over Now, Baby BlueFarewell Angelina
Jack WilliamsBuckets Of RainLaughing In The Face Of The Blues
Nickel CreekTomorrow Is A Long TimeWhy Should The Fire Die?
Richie HavensAll Along the WatchtowerGrace of the Sun
Meg HutchinsonBorn in TimeA Nod To Bob 2
Old Crow Medicine ShowWagon WheelOld Crow Medicine Show
SolasSeven CursesFor Love and Laughter
Lucy KaplanskyEvery Grain of SandA Nod To Bob 2
Peter MulveyMama, You Been On My MindTen Thousand Mornings
Bob DylanThe Times They Are A-Changin'LIVE 1964
DanuFarewell AngelinaWhen All Is Said And Done
Guy DavisSweetheart Like YouA Nod to Bob
Joan BaezNorth Country BluesAny Day Now
Tim O'BrienMan Gave Names To All The AnimalsRed On Blonde
Sarah JaroszRing Them BellsFollow Me Down
Martha ScanlonWent To See The GypsyThe West Was Burning
Ramblin' Jack Elliot (Dylan Tribute)Intro to "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"A Nod to Bob
Ramblin' Jack Elliot (Dylan Tribute)Don't Think Twice, Its All RightA Nod to Bob
Pat FlynnHighway 61Revision
Nanci GriffithBoots of Spanish LeatherOther Voices/Other Rooms
Bob DylanTangled Up in BlueGreatest Hits Vol 3
Swell Season: Glen Hansard & Marketa IrglovaYou Ain't Goin' NowhereI'm Not There (Dylan Film)
Joan BaezLove is Just a Four-Letter WordThe First 10 Years
Jimmy LaFaveNot Dark YetCimmarron Manifesto
Oh SusannaI'll Keep It With MineOh Susanna
Tom Russell,Joe Ely,Eliza GilkysonLily, Rosemary, & the Jack of HeartIndians Cowboys Horses Dogs
Maria MuldaurI'll Be Your Baby TonightHeart Of Mine
Iron & Wine & Calexico (comp.)Dark EyesI'm Not There (Dylan Film)
Tony RiceFare Thee WellCold On The Shoulder
Rosanne CashGirl from the North CountryThe List
Bob DylanIt's All Over Now, Baby Blue
The PinesWhat Good Am I?A Nod To Bob 2
Fairport ConventionPercy's SongUnhalfbricking
Mark ErelliWith God On Our SideThe Only Way (EP)
Mae RobertsonForever YoungDream: Lullabies and Lovesongs
Tim O'BrienSenor (Tales of Yankee Power)Red On Blonde
Dolly Parton (Nickel Creek)Blowin' In The WindThose Were The Days
Eric BibbGotta Serve SomebodySisters & Brothers
StoryhillLay Down Your Weary TuneA Nod To Bob 2
Jack Johnson (compilation)I Shall Be ReleasedEndless Highway
Elana JamesOne More NightElana James
Chris SmitherVisions Of JohannaLeave The Light On
Bob DylanLonesome Death of Hattie CarrollLIVE 1964
Joan BaezYou Ain't Goin NowhereAny Day Now
Yo La Tengo (compilation)4th Time AroundI'm Not There (Dylan Film)
Tim O'BrienFather of NightRed On Blonde
Judy CollinsMasters of WarAn Anthology
Cliff EberhardtI Want YouA Nod to Bob
The KennedysChimes Of FreedomHalf A Million Miles
Chris SmitherDesolation RowTrain Home
Hart-RougeDieu a Nos CotesA Nod to Bob
Eliza Gilkyson (live)JokermanYour Town Tonight (live)
Richie Havens (compilation)Tombstone BluesI'm Not There (Dylan Film)
Luka BloomMake You Feel My LoveAmsterdam
Lucy KaplanskyIt Ain't Me BabeA Nod to Bob

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how can we get a "copy", or can hear the Dylan Turns 70 side stream? thank you

Posted by d. michael on April 28, 2012

Thank you, Mr. Dylan - for the music I have loved always.

Posted by Diane Tavoian on June 08, 2011

Happy Birthday, Bob. And thanks to Folk Alley for the 4 hours of Dylan bliss!. I do feel blessed to have grown up with the opportunity to listen and enjoy in a mysterious way the musical poetry of Bob. Thanks for what you have shared of yourself with all of us fans. I do wish that you would have been or could become more transparent to those of us who honor you as the greatest musical artist of the 20th century!!!

Posted by Gary Treece on June 06, 2011

Happy B'Day and many more!

Posted by Margaret Severson on June 01, 2011

Bob, the best to you. Always a fan.

Posted by Brian Talbert on May 30, 2011

Flying Spaghetti Monster blessings on you my brother.

Posted by Sig Lange on May 25, 2011

Bob - all the best for your birthday. I still remember the first song of yours I ever heard on the radio. The announcer said: "well, here's a new guy and you're either going to love him or you're gonna hate him. His name is Bob Dylan." The station proceeded to play Subterrainian Homesick Blues and I became an instant fan. Still am. Thanks for all the creative years.

Posted by Steve Quiney on May 25, 2011

Happy re-birth Bob.Come back to the Folk that stayed with you since the beginning and never would call out "Judas",but would always call out "Friend and Brother".

Posted by Sig Lange on May 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Bob! I just turned 70 too and have been listening to your music since your first album. Thanks for all the words you've given us.

Posted by Dena Taylor on May 24, 2011

Bob, I'm 66 and have practically grown up with your music and poetry. It's been a great journey - let's continue. (and thanks, Folk Alley)

Posted by Don Straka on May 24, 2011

The Great Songwriter Your ryhmes are quick and sharp, Taking everyone by suprise. The tune blasts out your harp, The audience hypnotized. So smooth and yet so rough, You strum and pick it out, The crowd is deadly silent, As they listen to you shout. They scratch thier heads and wonder, And try to find you out. It's a roaring mountain thunder, As your stepping out. They buy up all your albums, You sell out all your shows, When you walk out on the stage it comes The mean and cruel blows. With pointed fingers bluffed with scorn, They freely criticise. As you walk into the room with your pencil in your hand, They cut you down to size. But don't think twice, it's alright, They know not what they do. 'Cause it's all right ma, They're tangled up in blue. They shout: Oh, where have you been my blue eyed son? All the way from New Orleans, to Jerusalem! So tell us you masters of war, Did you see the arrow on the door post? Were you knockin on heavens door? How does it feel? Did you ever find out who killed Davey Moore? Poor Hattie Carrol! She Never done nothing to William Zantzinger! And then there was the man on the street, He was friends with the old moon shiner. He was a friend of mine too. As for myslef, I just returned from the salt, salt sea, Lookin' for some shelter from the storm. But aint it just like the night? Aint it just like a woman? To be so mysterious, When you go your way and I go mine? So won't you please tell us this one thing? When you go down to the valley below, Like a rolling stone, Does anyone truly know, Anything at all about Mr Jones? And what of Angelina? Was she one of gamblin' Willies lovers? Was she true like ice, or like fire? Is her love just like the raven, On your window with a broken wing? You reply: I aint lookin' to frighten you. But go away from my window! Goodbye is too good a word babe, So I'll just say farewell Angelina. The sweet pretty things are in bed now of course, So come gather 'round people, wherever you roam, Come and listen to my story, Come and listen to my song. Come gather 'round you people and a story I would tell, Come and fall under my spell, That I learned from Blind Willie McTell. Nobody can sing the blues quite like that man, And nobody can throw the ball like catfish can. And Im thinkin' 'bout Isis, She's blushing under her golden loom, I know, She was supposed to meet me in the morning, Beneath the morning glow. And the sky too is folding over you, So if you see her, say hello. 'Cause it's all over now, Baby Blue! They cry out: Wait! Don't go! Please Mr Tambourine man Play a song for me! But this time sing the song slowly As we stand in the shadows. Things have changed, We're not the same, Just pretend that I'm not here, We promise not to argue or to judge! And tell us great story teller, Tell us your thought dreams, Tell us the weather, Tell us which way the wind is blowing, So that we can follow you down, We'll do anything in this God almighty world! So whats the answer my friend? Will you humor our humble request? Will our ears and hearts you mend? Will you sing us all the rest? Will you set yet another trend? Will our deepest thirst you quench? Will you change it up just one more time? Will you once again raise the mark on the bench? As you are skipping reels of ryhmes? And if you hear us begging For the smoke rings from your mind, Please pay us all some mind, It's just your shadow that we're seeing That we're chasing! Please tell us you aint a goin' nowhere, And may you stay forever young! Happy Birthday Bob, And thank you oh so much for your music. Sincerely, and respectfully Dan Bartz

Posted by Dan Bartz on May 24, 2011

Happy Birthday, Bob. You'll always be on my playlist.

Posted by Alan Cramer on May 24, 2011

Happy Birthday! You have been an inspiration for me for almost 40 years . All the best to you. Have a great day and many more.

Posted by Janet Van Doren on May 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Bob - what to say to a man that has now become an icon and inspiration to 3 generations of my family. My grand kids of 10 and 11 know your music and we are working on the 4 and 1 year olds!!!! We have been to over 25 concerts and next time you pass through, we will be there too. Thank you and all the best.

Posted by Ron Thertell on May 24, 2011

Happy Birthday, Bob! You're an eternal favorite of mine!

Posted by Lori McCraney on May 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Bob! You're one of the main "pillars" for the highway of music, built straight to our hearts - go on like this, as long as stars are above you! All the best from Germany, Amba

Posted by Andreas Amba Becker on May 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Bob and thanks to Folk Alley for this great tribute

Posted by Seamus Ryan on May 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Bob and all the best for the next ten years! Thank you for all you gave us in the last decades. Greetings and blessings from Germany!

Posted by Prof. Dr. Holger Eschmann on May 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Bob! Enjoying revisiting all the decades during this special season.

Posted by Monica Shepherd on May 24, 2011

nobody 'sings' like bob, happy birthday from Italy, Fausto

Posted by Fausto Meirana on May 23, 2011

Hi Francis - I'm not sure what you've tried so far, but to listen to the Dylan stream, try clicking on one of the stream choices in the yellow Now Playing box above: Windows; Real; MP3 128 or MP3 56.

Posted by Linda Fahey on May 23, 2011

Folk Alley: I am having trouble tuning into the tribute to Bob Dylan on your 4 hr. side stream. will it be rescheduled? Thanks.

Posted by Francis O'Neill on May 22, 2011

Happy Birthday, Bobby! You're a true Folk Singer and a Great Poet.

Posted by Alf Agdler on May 22, 2011

Happy Birthday! Listening to your 'Make You Feel My Love' - your recording, plus Adele, plus Mike Reid.

Posted by David Anderson on May 22, 2011

Happy Birthday,Bobby!

Posted by Ronnie Lee on May 21, 2011

It's your voice and your voice we love. Happy Birthday!

Posted by Bill Hunton on May 21, 2011

hi bob have a very happy 70th birthday and all the very best wishes.thanks for all the best music you have done hope there's more to come cheers.

Posted by John Carlisle on May 21, 2011

Happy birthday, Bob! Your song 'It's allright, ma' has been the guide in my life. Thank you for that one. And of course for all your other songs that educated me. May you stay strong!

Posted by Maren Mostert on May 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Bob! Here is to many more! Let me take this opportunity to confirm that you do indeed have the 'blood of the lamb' in your voice. Your catalog has influenced nearly all artists since you appeared on the scene. Thanks for music, the lyrics, the NET, and your heart, which you pour into everything.

Posted by Bill Huggins on May 20, 2011

Bob, Thanks for all the music. The "Forever Young" song is my birthday anthem and a song to live by and I wish it all back at ya. Happy Birthday Bob...and May You Stay Forever Young................... Jan Hart

Posted by Jan Hart on May 20, 2011

Thanks for the great music! Is there a playlist?

Posted by Stephanie Jones on May 20, 2011

Thanks for the Dylan tribute!

Posted by Friedrich Baihofer on May 20, 2011

What a wonderful legacy you have given us to live up to and enjoy. Your music will ring in my ears and feel in my heart forever! thanks

Posted by L K on May 20, 2011

I just remembered -- "It's all over, Baby Blue" was played as the lead in to Nixon's resignation speech on the radio station I was listening to on that night.

Posted by Robert Evans on May 20, 2011

As a child of the 50's and 60's I have found refuge in Dylan, Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary, Odetta, Guthrie, and so, so many others. But, Dylan is definitely one the Godfather's of folk. I marched to civil rights rally's singing his words. His impact is and will be forever....

Posted by Dona Mercadante on May 20, 2011

my first LP was a Bob Dyan album. Ive been a fan now for about 50 years now. I sing and play a little and Dylan tunes comprise about half of my repertoire. Happy Birthday Bob.

Posted by Dale Carpenter on May 20, 2011

Happy Birthday -- and stay forever young.

Posted by Robert Evans on May 20, 2011

See "Minkin's Music" on for my thoughts on Bob Dylan turning 70.

Posted by Jay Minkin on May 20, 2011

A poet for the ages. No artist has meant as much to me as Dylan. Could not imagine what life would have been like without his songs and insights.

Posted by Michael Kolman on May 20, 2011

don't stop Bob

Posted by Daniel Mulleavey on May 20, 2011

don't stop Bob

Posted by Daniel Mulleavey on May 20, 2011

Only time I ever went to a concert through the side door (on the house)...was to see Bob Dylan. With all guilt way behind me, it was an experience IŽll never forget. The first set was all accoustic...leading into an all electric presentation after the break. Happy 70th Bob...thanks for the music!

Posted by Greg Joy on May 20, 2011

way to go bobby and many many more of them and as they say in ireland "the older the fiddle the sweeter the tune" but...hay man! 70! just like to say thanks for all the songs and memories that "sad eyed lady of the low lands" who do they think could ever write a love song like bobby

Posted by John O'connor on May 20, 2011

Like the old actor Joe E. Brown would say,"Zowie"!!! I was 10 years old when I heard "Lay lady lay" and the words " everybody must get stoned" from another song. I wasn't quite sure what the songs were about,but I liked them both and the rest is history!!! Happy 70th Bob and many more!! Looking forward to the next song!!

Posted by Art Sulzmann on May 19, 2011

Happy 70th! What has shown through you, what you have given to the world, and still give, has brought, and continues to bring, so much light to my life. Thank you for your gifts. Hope your special day holds much happiness. Sandy

Posted by Sandra Borges on May 19, 2011

Happy 70th! What has shown through you, what you have given to the world, and still give, has brought, and continues to bring, so much light to my life. Thank you for your gifts. Hope your special day holds much happiness. Sandy

Posted by Sandra Borges on May 19, 2011

I was a friend of Camilla Adams when she lived in Houston in the 70's. She never told us that she introduced you to Woody. I've listened to you since I was 14 years old. I always looked forward to your next album. My favorite songs are "Boots of Spanish Leather," "Girl from The North Country, "North Country Blues," and "Buckets of Rain." Hope you keep your creative juices flowing for many years to come. Happy Birthday, Bob!

Posted by Eric Johnson on May 19, 2011

Happy B-Day. You made amazing music that I will play in my soul til the day I die. And probably beyond that. Thank you is just not enough to say.

Posted by M. David Rodriguez on May 19, 2011

hey Bob- there's only one way I can describe your music-the best of alltime-thanks brother RB

Posted by Robert Barbeau on May 19, 2011

Bob-I've been with you and your music since 1963. Your lyrics have made me laugh, made me cry, made me angry, but in the end made me a better person. Tell you the truth, "Ballad in Plain D" still gets to me after all these years. So I wish you a very happy birthday and a good life. Sig Lange

Posted by Sig Lange on May 19, 2011 poet of the soul...Congratulations and all the best grooves to you on your birthday! I love your lyrics and messages via music! Happy Birthday to you!! Heidi

Posted by Heidi Bresilge on May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Bob, from another Bob. Born 3 days before you (5/21/41) and forever linked in to your music and poetry. All the very best wishes for the future. And as you put it so many years ago, "tomorrow is a long time". Enjoy today and always. We celebrate, Bob

Posted by Robert Neumann on May 19, 2011

Best wishes for your Birthday Bob and thank you for all the great songs.

Posted by Liam Garland on May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Bob. Between You, Charlie Chaplin, and Lenny Bruce, You gave Me a Way-To-Go from '67 on (i was 14).. Any Career singin' and playin' since was due to thee Boldness You inspired... No Great Movie is Over 'till you hear a Bob-song in the Soundtrack - No Soulful Event is Over 'Till a Bob Song is Played -- I've been sayin' it for Many Years Now : "ALL ROADS LEAD TO BOB" Much 'n Thanks, and on May 24th, i Hope Ya get Spoiled All Day/Night... Take care. Howard Morlan

Posted by Howard Morlan on May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Bob. Since I was 13 yrs. old in 1967 you have remained my inspiration and dearest of friends. Thank you for seeing it like you do and sharing it with us. You have helped so many grow in ways untold.May God Bless and keep you always.

Posted by Jim Pytlik on May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Bob, May all your birthday wishes come true. Don & Marion Gunn

Posted by Don Gunn on May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Bob!!!, I home you continue knocking door for a long long time!!!

Posted by Jorge Tuzi on May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday, and May You Stay Forever Young. I am a lifelong fan, and thank you for all you have done to express my thoughts and feelings through the years. I just turned 65 myself, and definitely feel forever young. Thanks for the years of music, hope this is a happy birthday and a happy time in your life. Best wishes, Steve Mason

Posted by Steve Mason on May 19, 2011

Good Birthday to you Bob. By the way "you can start trusting people again when they are over 70". Also stop playing all that electric music.---------------------- Just kiddin. Is Weberman still going through your garbage? Keep trucking and everyday is a New Morning.

Posted by Jan Jesser on May 19, 2011

Keep on keepin' on for another 70 years! Congratulations & go on singin' & rockin' & reelin' & playin' either your electric stratocaster or whatsoever. Good luck forever!

Posted by Bernd Hansen on May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Bob - you are still the greatest. My best memory is taking my grandson to your concert in Asheville, NC - my grandson is 22 yrs old. He was shocked that I knew the words to all your songs! Thanks for the memories and again, Happy birthday.

Posted by Dixie Allan on May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday, Bob. May you stay Forever Young . . .

Posted by Richard Bentley on May 19, 2011


Posted by Gregory Ramos Sr. on May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Bob! 70 more years please! But STOP TOURING and take it easy! Come over to England and buy a little house in Richmond - do some gigs in the local pubs. And of course, if you need someone to play with you, I'd be more than happy to help...

Posted by Tim Woolf on May 19, 2011

You've always been a beacon, shining light on the Truth. Thanks for the inspiration, and for getting me through some dark times. May each day be your best.

Posted by Kate on May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday and many more. Bill Lyons passed away on Jan 15th 2010. Bill was an old drinking buddy of yours who lived in Cambridge Mass in the sixty's. He also got together with you in the village in New York. I know he would be pleased that I wished you a happy birthday for him. I remarried Feb 2ND of 2011. My name is Amy Murphy now. Bill was my tenth husband. My currant husband was also with the folk scene at that time and was an old friend of Bills. Bill and I produced two cds when he was alive.

Posted by BILL & AMY LYONS on May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday and best wishes to the true poet of our generation.

Posted by Brian Engler on May 19, 2011

Whenever your voice is on Folk Alley my face lights up and joy fills my heart. I had no idea that you shared the same year with my husband and I. We will all be 70 this year! Wishing you the happiest year of your life and sending many blessings to the voice that inspires. Thank you so much!

Posted by Rudi & Arlene Angelmaier on May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday to one of my few heroes--especially because you've always resisted being a "hero." Thanks for all the great work.

Posted by Jeff Gundy on May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday, Bob, wishing you many happy years ahead!!!

Posted by Bernie Qualheim on May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday, Bob, wishing you many happy years ahead!!!

Posted by Bernie Qualheim on May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Bob, i think we both know a guy named Mark Eastman. i read online that he passed away a few years ago. there is an online story about the two of you visiting Woody Guthrie. i met Mark on a vacation trip to Nantucket in the mid 60's. our paths went in different directions, and then sadly i read the news of his passing. I live in Ventura County, and while driving through Malibu recently, i may have drove past your home. wishing you many years filled with peace, love and happiness, Maddie Gold

Posted by Madeline Gold on May 19, 2011

Bob - no words in the English language suffice to thank you for what your music has meant to my life. Please keep writing and touring for another 70 years!

Posted by Brent Rosenthal on May 19, 2011

Been tuned in since the early 60's & right behind your vintage, forever young! Cheers

Posted by Steven & Mary Kay Dawson on May 19, 2011

HAAAAAPPY BIRTDAY Bob - Thanks for the GREAT song's Best wishes !!!!

Posted by Fransen Peter on May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Bob! Thanks for everything!

Posted by Amy Corner on May 19, 2011

You've sure come a loooong way since that evening in 1962 at the Potpourri in Montreal, when my boyfriend at the time, as emcee, introduced you to a small crowd of folkies. They didn't know what to make of you. Who's laughin' now, eh? Happy Birthday to You, and many more!

Posted by Ellie Presner on May 19, 2011

Thanks for the different perspective and inspiring me.

Posted by Tommy Pierce on May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Bob - thanks for the tunes!

Posted by Jeff on May 17, 2011