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20 Rare pictures from UK tour of Bob Dylan in 1965 and 1966

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1966 was a tipping point in the musical career of Bob Dylan. It was a time when he completed his transition to the “new” singer. Dylan became not a folk songwriter, but a folk-pop-rock scene star. He replaced a shirt and jeans with a suede jacket, pointed boots, dark glasses. Long hair accomplished the new image. Dylan’s hair would later be branded “Dylan ‘Fro.”

The special 1966 UK tour of Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan had a very special relationship with the UK audience during this important period. He usually hit the top 10 in the British Billboard while staying at much lower US positions.

Here’s why Bob Dylan performed a lot in the UK. The first public concert in England was on May 17, 1964. He was a frequent guest in London’s Royal Albert Hall and other UK concert locations during the next few years.

The pictures of that tour of Bob Dylan hit our publication Rock music photo history of the 60s in 33 pictures

On November 22, 1965, the musician married Sarah Lowndes. Bob Dylan did not make his marriage public for some time until February 1966 when Post published a headline “Tsss! Bob Dylan is married! “

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The UK performances of 1966 were a part of the World Tour. He split each concert into two parts. In the first, Dylan performed solo, accompanying the songs with an acoustic guitar and harmonica. In the second half, supported by “Hawks,” he played electrified music.

During his European tour, Dylan performs in Paris on the largest hall, “Olympia,” decorated with a giant American flag.

On July 29, 1966, Bob Dylan drove a motorcycle from New York to his home in Woodstock and had an accident. He put the performances on pause for many months, stopped all communication with the press.

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Bob Dylan, reading Disc Magazine with Mick Jagger on the cover, Odeon Theatre, Birmingham, England,

Reading Disc Magazine with Mick Jagger on the cover, Odeon Theatre, Birmingham, England.

Bob Dylan, leaving betting office, Sheffield, England, 1966

The spirit of Rock Music History of the 1960s. Leaving the betting office, Sheffield, England, 1966. 

Bob Dylan, Liverpool, England, 1966

With kids in Liverpool.

Bob Dylan, Sheffield, England, 1966

Bob Dylan looked happy in  Sheffield in 1966

Bob Dylan, sound check, Royal Albert Hall, London, England, 1966

Soundcheck in Royal Albert Hall, London.

Golden hands

Golden hands.

A brilliant shot for the Music History!

A brilliant shot for the Music History!

Backstage, Royal Albert Hall, London, 1965

Backstage, Royal Albert Hall, London, 1965

Aust Ferry, Bristol, England 1966

Aust Ferry, Bristol, England 1966

After dinner, Birmingham, England, 1966

After dinner, Birmingham, England, 1966

A rainy day, Bristol, England, 1966

A rainy day, Bristol, England, 1966

Bob Dylan, The Giant, Liverpool, England, 1966

Bob Dylan, The Giant, Liverpool, England, 1966

Bob Dylan, Strangers in the top ten Birmingham, England, 1966

Bob Dylan, Strangers in the top ten Birmingham, England, 1966

Paranoid Birmingham, England, 1966

Paranoid Birmingham, England, 1966

Bob Dylan reading Melody Maker with John Mayall looking on London 1966

Bob Dylan reading Melody Maker with John Mayall looking on London.

Bob Dylan in the train from Dublin to Belfast, 1966

Bob Dylan in the train from Dublin to Belfast, 1966

The hotel hallway, Cardiff, Wales, 1966

The hotel hallway, Cardiff, Wales, 1966

Bob Dylan in front of betting office, Sheffield, England, 1966.

Bob Dylan in front of betting office, Sheffield, England.

Liverpool, England, 1966

In the doorway, Liverpool, England, 1966

Liverpool kids

Looking down the street at children, Liverpool, England, 1966

 

 

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