Then 32, he briefly left Columbia for Asylum -- then came back, after reuniting with The Band and topping the Billboard 200.
Bob Dylan's Planet Waves became his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 at a time of great change -- and enormous publicity -- for the singer-songwriter. After more than a decade with Columbia, Dylan departed in 1973 for Asylum Records. Though his work with the former label had been successful (including eight top 10 albums), a chart-topper still eluded him.