He’s a super fan who describes himself as a Bob Dylan ‘obsessive.’

Former Huddersfield club DJ Steve Lockwood, 65, retired six years ago and immersed himself in the life and work of the legendary American singer-songwriter, who is 75 today.

While Steve, of Lepton, readily admits he’s a little bit crazy his obsession could be about to make him a worldwide ‘star.’

For Steve has just landed himself a weekly slot as “the Dylanologist from the UK” on a South African-based radio station.

Every Thursday Steve will link up with presenter Armin Klie via Skype for a 15-minute chat about all things Dylan.

Bob Dylan fanatic Steve Lockwood's collection.

The show on Radio Life and Style in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, is already an internet hit with fans tuning in from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

While Steve knows his stuff when it comes to Dylan he insisted: “I’m not the biggest expert in the world.

“There’s plenty who know more than me – and plenty who are more obsessed – but it can become addictive.”

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Steve, a club DJ who played many of the Huddersfield venues in the 1970s and 80s, including the Catacombs cellar club in Southgate, has turned his office at home into a Dylan den crammed with music, memorabilia, books and posters.

“Dylan is such an interesting character and an absolute one-off,” said Steve. “There’s a Dylan song for every occasion whatever mood you’re in and he’s done the lot – folk, electric, gospel, jazz, rock – and he’s now about to release an album of Sinatra songs called Fallen Angels.

“People say he has a rubbish voice but he changes his voice like a chameleon. He changes all the time and he surprises everybody.

Bob Dylan fan Steve Lockwood (right) with radio presenter Armin Klie in the studios of Radio Life and Style in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

“You can go to a Paul McCartney concert or the Rolling Stones and they will put on great shows with perfect renditions of all their hits.

“But with Dylan it’s the complete opposite. You often don’t know what song he is playing until he’s halfway through, and his band don’t know either. He’s an acquired taste.”

Steve first became hooked on Dylan when he heard a weird track, backed by fiddles, being played in a restaurant in Greece in 1975. He found out it was Dylan and decided to listen to more.

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It was only in 1998 that Steve went to his first Dylan concert and since then he’s seen him live more than 40 times, always in the UK or Ireland.

It was on a trip to Cork in 2011 that he met two Dylan fans from South Africa.

One turned out to be radio presenter Armin Klie and the other Kevin Cornish. The two pals came over for the Rugby World Cup last year and Steve met them in Newcastle where they invited him back for a holiday.

Steve Lockwood (right) enjoys a pint with fellow Bob Dylan fan Kevin Cornish when they met up at the Rugby World Cup in Newcastle in 2015.

Leaving long-suffering “Dylan widow” wife Kathy behind, Steve visited South Africa in April and saw all the sights. He was asked to co-host Armin’s Highway 88 radio show and station bosses were so impressed with the banter they signed him up for his Dylanologist slot.

“There’s many odd stories about Dylan,” said Steve. “Enough to keep us going for years. Lots of books have been written but no-one really knows him.

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“Everybody who works for him has to sign a non-disclosure contract. He’s a very private person. Is he really Bob Dylan or is that just the person on stage?

“He will be 75 on May 24 but he is still touring. He does 100 shows a year and he’s just finishing off in Japan and will be in the USA in June.

“He’s an odd person and plays the game all the time. He is very intriguing. When he dies – because he will die one day, maybe soon – he will go down as a modern-day Shakespeare or a Lord Byron, his lyrics are so good. Maybe he wrote them under the influence of some sort of narcotics. Who knows?

Bob Dylan fanatic Steve Lockwood of Lepton, Huddersfield, with statue of his hero.

“He says he wants to die on stage or on the road. He calls his tour the Never Ending Tour because he never stops.”

Steve’s slot can be heard on Thursdays between 5pm and 8pm UK time via http://radiolifeandstyle.ndstream.net/

Little known Bob Dylan facts compiled by Steve Lockwood

Dylan’s real name is Robert Allen Zimmerman. He tried various names before settling on Bob Dylan. Some say this was inspired by Dylan Thomas.

One of the first names he tried was Elston Gunn and he performed under that name as a piano player for Bobby Vee.

In 2009 Dylan was arrested outside the childhood home of Bruce Springsteen in New Jersey. He told the young policewoman who he was and that he was looking for the house where Springsteen had written Born to Run. That didn’t wash and she took him to the police station where older officers recognised him – and told their red-faced junior he was due on stage two hours later!

Dylan seldom gives interviews but last year spoke to AARP, a mass circulation US magazine for senior citizens. He also gave 50,000 copies of his album Shadows in the Night to be inserted randomly in copies of the magazine.

Dylan is a talented artist. His work has sold across the world and has soared in value. Bizarrely, he also makes ornamental gates using steel, old pieces of farming equipment and bric-a-brac. The gates sell for thousands of dollars.

In 1997 Dylan almost died after contracting histoplasmosis, a potentially-fatal infection caused by a fungus found in the droppings of birds and bats.