Dylan has always acknowledged Elvis as a hero, noting that first hearing Elvis was like "busting out of jail."
Upon Elvis' death Dylan said, "It was so sad. I had a breakdown! I broke down. One of the very few times I went over my whole life. I went over my whole childhood. I didn't talk to anyone for a week after Elvis died. If it wasn't for Elvis and Hank Williams, I couldn't be doing what I do today."
In September 1994, Dylan specifically recorded several Elvis songs, 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy', 'Money Honey' and 'Anyway You Want Me' and has performed others on tour.
After Dylan was hospitalised in 1997, with a potentially fatal heart ailment, he was quoted as saying, "I am just glad to be feeling better. I really thought I'd be seeing Elvis soon.''
The new book "The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob," by David Kinney, tracks the obsessions of Dylan fans the world over, as well as Dylan's own treks into fandom.