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Name: Jakob Dylan                                                                       
Born: 9 December 1969 New York City, United States                                     
Jakob Luke Dylan, born December 9, 1969 in New York City, is the lead singer and       
songwriter of the rock band The Wallflowers. He is the youngest of four children       
born to singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and ex-wife Sara Dylan.                             
Jakob Dylan married his childhood sweetheart, Nicole Paige Denny (now actress           
Paige Dylan), in a ceremony at Sara Dylan's house in 1992. They have three             
sons: Levi, born in 1994, James in 1998, and a third in 2000.                           
The Wallflowers started out playing alongside other aspiring rockers at Canter's       
delicatessen in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles. The band signed to Virgin         
Records and made a self-titled album, the cover of which had a picture of all           
the band members' feet, and drummer Peter Yanowitz' dog.                               
The debut sold poorly however, and after they were released from Virgin Records,       
the band regrouped. They toured with 10,000 Maniacs, Toad The Wet Sprocket,             
Cracker, and The Spin Doctors, and gained and lost several band members along           
the way. With the help of their manager Andrew Slater, the band secured a new           
major label record deal with Interscope Records.                                       
Their 1996 album Bringing Down the Horse, recorded with producer T-Bone Burnett         
(and including collaborations with Michael Penn, Adam Duritz, Mike Campbell, Don       
Heffington of Lone Justice, and Sam Phillips), yielded several singles,                 
including "Sixth Avenue Heartache" and "One Headlight." The album sold over four       
million copies, twice as many as his father's album Blood on the Tracks sold in         
over 20 years. Burnett stated at the time: "As far as Jakob is concerned, I can't       
imagine having larger footsteps to follow in. But Jakob's character is clearly         
defined and he handles success with grace, which also says a lot about Bob as a         
father." Burnett went on to state that the success of Bringing Down the Horse           
had nothing to do with the family name: "I don't think Jakob sold a single             
record because he is Bob's son. I think he sold a lot of records because "One           
Headlight" is a very good song. I wonder how many Wallflowers fans even know who       
Bob Dylan is." The Wallflowers won two Grammy Awards, for Best Rock Vocal               
Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Rock Song. "One Headlight" also won the         
VH-1 Video of the Year for 1997.                                                       
As of 2007, The Wallflowers have recorded five albums.                                 
In the fall of 2007 The Wallflowers performed live for the first time in more           
than two years. They did a brief tour including dates on the East Coast in             
October and the midwest in November. This tour included Jakob Dylan (lead vocals,       
rhythm guitar), Stuart Mathis (lead guitar), Greg Richling (Bass), and Fred             
Eltringham (drums). The band announced on their website in late September that "Rami   
Jaffee has left The Wallflowers."