Bob Dylan, 78, earns his first-ever number one hit with the 17-minute long Murder Most Foul

Bob Dylan, 78, earns his first-ever number one hit with the 17-minute long Murder Most Foul about the 1963 assassination of John F Kennedy

Bob Dylan has earned his first-ever number one on a Billboard Chart with 17-minute long Murder Most Foul.

The music legend’s first original piece of music in eight years – which is about the 1963 assassination of late former US President John F. Kennedy – has topped Billboard’s Rock Digital Song Sales chart, after being downloaded 10,000 times.

The 78-year-old singer/songwriter has only ever reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 with Like a Rolling Stone in 1965 and Rainy Day Women #12 and #35 in 1966.

He is now #1! Bob Dylan has earned his first-ever number one on a Billboard Chart with 17-minute long Murder Most Foul; seen in 2012

While on the Adult Alternative Songs chart, 2000’s ‘Things Have Changed’ placed at No 2.

As part of the supergroup Traveling Wilburys, Dylan had three number two tracks on the Mainstream Rock Songs list with Handle With Care, End Of The Line and She’s My Baby.

However, his songwriting on Blowin’ In The Wind saw Peter Paul & Mary top the Adult Contemporary chart with his song, while The Byrds’ version of Mr Tambourine Man topped the Hot 100.

The song’s cover: The music legend’s first original piece of music in eight years – which is about the 1963 assassination of late former US President John F. Kennedy – has topped Billboard’s Rock Digital Song Sales chart, after being downloaded 10,000 times

His last day on earth: On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie, who is holding a bouquet of roses, are seen just after their arrival at the airport for the fateful drive through Dallas

Dylan’s latest track includes references to The Beatles, The Who, Nat King Cole, the famous Woodstock festival, and more.

He announced on Twitter: ‘Greetings to my fans and followers with gratitude for all your support and loyalty across the years.

‘This is an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interesting.

‘Stay safe, stay observant and may God be with you. Bob Dylan.’

He came close: The 78-year-old singer/songwriter has only ever reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 with Like a Rolling Stone in 1965 and Rainy Day Women #12 and #35 in 1966. Seen in 1987

Nick Cave has hailed Murder Most Foul for being ‘extraordinarily comforting, especially at this moment’ amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Dylan’s last album of new material was 2012’s Tempest.

Meanwhile, Timothee Chalamet is set to star as Dylan in a new biopic.

The Little Women star will portray the pop culture icon in the tentatively titled feature, Going Electric, which is to be helmed by Le Mans ’66 director James Mangold.

More recently: Dylan performs on stage at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park at Hyde Park in London in July

 

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