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History of a folk hero

Folk legend Bob Dylan is set to take the stage with Elvis Costello at 7 tonight at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Sure, the arena has hosted Bruce Springsteen, the Eagles and Eric Clapton, but we'd wager tonight's pairing is the biggest concert in the Duluth venue's four-year history.

To get fans ready for what's sure to be a memorable show, we're taking a look back at the long and storied career of the singer-songwriter.

May 24, 1941: Born as Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minn.

April 11, 1961: Plays his first New York concert as Bob Dylan at Gerdes' Folk City.

1962: Releases his eponymous debut album on the Columbia Records label.

1963: Scores one of his biggest hits, "Blowin' in the Wind" on his second album, "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan."

1964: Has become a fixture in the civil rights movement by the time his politically charged album "The Times They Are A-Changin'" hits shelves.

1965: Goes electric on the album "Bringing It All Back Home," featuring the singles "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and "Mr. Tambourine Man." Later that year, he releases the single "Like a Rolling Stone."

1966: "Blonde on Blonde," still included on many lists of the best American music of all time, is released. During the same year, Dylan is almost killed in a motorcycle accident.

1967: The first of an eventual five greatest hits albums is released. Three volumes of "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits" were followed by 2000's "The Essential Bob Dylan" and 2005's "The Best of Bob Dylan."

1969: Turns down an offer to headline the legendary Woodstock Festival, and Jimi Hendrix takes the spot.

1973: Provides the soundtrack, including "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," for the Sam Peckinpah movie "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid." He also plays a small role in the film.

1975: Writes "Hurricane" as a protest song championing the cause of boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who he believed had been wrongfully imprisoned for murder. It is released on the 1976 album "Desire."

1985: Performs as part of Live Aid in Philadelphia. He's backed by Keith Richards and Ron Wood.

1988: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bruce Springsteen delivers Dylan's induction speech.

1994: Performs at Woodstock '94. Later that year, he performs on "MTV Unplugged."

2000: "Things Have Changed," a song recorded for the movie "Wonder Boys," earns him an Academy Award for Best Song.

2006: Releases "Modern Times," which debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's top albums chart. He's the oldest living person to enter the Billboard album charts at No. 1.

2007: The Todd Haynes film "I'm Not There," which boasts the tagline "Inspired by the music and the many lifes of Bob Dylan," premieres at the Venice Film Festival. The icon will be portrayed by, among others, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett.

Sources: www.bobdylan.com, www.imdb.com, www.rockhall.com