Robert Allen Zimmerman, better known as Bob Dylan, began his career in 1959, when the music industry was still expanding and about to take a major leap forward in the 1960s. The musician rose to prominence as a folk singer, known for his protest songs, and then began to play the electric guitar, which gave his compositions a new direction. His tunes influenced countless generations of performers and were crucial to the evolution of music. Dylan, a prolific songwriter, was always interested in hearing all types of music, including performers that most of his followers would never suspect he enjoys listening to. He once told to the famed Pink Floyd guitarist and singer David Gilmour which of the British Progressive Rock group’s songs he enjoys. Pink Floyd started in London, England in 1965, when Bob Dylan had already recorded his first six studio albums, and Bob Dylan claimed he loved them. At the time, Rock and Roll music was rapidly changing, and several subgenres emerged, including Progressive Rock.
Dylan’s compositions demonstrated to musicians that they could write about any subject and that they no longer needed love songs to be successful. This affected not only The Beatles, but also Pink Floyd. Surprisingly, the American artist like the music of the British band and once informed David Gilmour which song from their discography he enjoys. In an interview with Record Collector magazine in 2003, the guitarist recalled the chat. He met Dylan several times over his career and was pleased when he admired Floyd. “We met again around the time of ‘The Delicate Sound Of Thunder.'” He said, “Hey, I love your record, ‘The Dogs,’ man,” in true Dylan fashion. I was overjoyed. This song is not popular among Pink Floyd fans. However, Bob does. So that was fine with me.” Dylan’s stated song “Dogs” is one of the most lauded tracks from the legendary album “Animals” released in 1977. The novel “Animal Farm” by George Orwell inspired that album. It also contains well-known songs such as “Sheep” and “Pigs (Three Different Ones).” Dylan was a major influence on Roger Waters and David Gilmour.
Dylan influenced Roger Waters and David Gilmour, two pivotal figures in Pink Floyd’s history. They had lauded American musicians numerous times throughout the years. Waters stated in a 2012 interview with Howard Stern (transcribed by Rock and Roll Garage) that Dylan transformed his life. He was questioned by the radio host why the band began writing songs longer than 3 or 4 minutes, and he mentioned Dylan as an example. “‘Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands’ by Bob Dylan changed my life.” When I heard it, I thought to myself, ‘Worthy,’ if Bob can do it, so can I. It’s 20 minutes long, it’s an hour long, and it never becomes bored or dull. You just keep getting more and more and more as you develop. “The longer it goes on, the more hypnotic it becomes,” Roger Waters stated. Throughout his career, he had several opportunities to pay respect to Dylan. He once performed a live cover of “Forever Young” and even recorded a studio version of “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” for his 2002 collection CD “Flickering Flame.” Gilmour was thrilled when Dylan switched to an electric guitar.
Dylan rose to prominence as a folk artist, and when he switched to an electric guitar, many admirers chastised him for “going electric.” But Gilmour enjoyed it when this happened. In a 2006 interview with The Guardian, he mentioned being influenced by the American musician when he was younger. He also remembered his shock to hearing him play the electric guitar. “I was never one of those people who thought Dylan was a monster because he went electric.” I enjoyed the difference. But I must mention the young Dylan’s potency as an acoustic-playing protest singer, something he has always denied. But you were a protest singer, Bob.” “All he has to do is get his guitar and play in front of a crowd, and it’s like an arrow.” His words, as well as the music, are heard. People undervalue his true musical ability. And the melodies and phrases just fly out like arrows. I thought he was incredible. “And it is,” David Gilmour added. During an interview with BBC Radio 4 in 2003, he confessed that “Ballad In Plain D” is one of his favorite songs by the American singer. That song is from Bob Dylan’s 1964 album “Another Side of Bob Dylan” and is one of the tunes he declared he would take on a desert island.