William DeVogue claims to be Bob Dylan's first son

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This woman claims she gave birth to Bob Dylan's first son.

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For decades it's been assumed that Bob Dylan's first serious romance began with Suze Rotolo in 1961. Dylan met Rotolo in Greenwich Village, New York, when she was just 17 and he was 19, and the two wound up as a couple throughout the majority of the early '60s. However, William DeVogue, a 48-year-old resident of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is saying he knows of one more romance Dylan had during the early '60s, apart from that with Rotolo and the on-again-off-again fling he had with Joan Baez.

In fact, this man claims that his biological mother, Anita "Tina" Grace DeVogue, for whom he searched for years before finding, gave birth to Dylan's first son -- DeVogue himself. In a conversation with Gimme Noise, William DeVogue pieces together his connection to one of the most famous native Minnesotans.

During the early '60s, Tina was living in Greenwich Village, trying to make it as a folk singer. There, as DeVogue's lore has it, she wound up befriending Dylan and was eventually impregnated by him in the summer of 1963. (DeVogue was born on May 12, 1964.)

Tina, facing a life-consuming drug addiction and without sufficient finances, gave up DeVogue for adoption when he was 10 months old; he was adopted shortly after turning three. Realizing he had been too young to remember anything about his real mother, DeVogue would spend much of his adult life searching for clues as to his biological parents' identities.

In 1992, DeVogue was directed to a man named Eugene Michael Procyszyn, a close friend of Tina's during those days in the Village, who said he knew the identity of DeVogue's mother but no longer knew her whereabouts. It was a start, definitely, but not exactly a big help.

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This is William DeVogue.

DeVogue's search remained relatively futile until, in 2009, he took to Facebook, creating several accounts under both his birth name and his adopted title. Soon, a man in Pennsylvania disclosed, via Facebook messaging, that he had known a Tina DeVogue in Greenwich Village during the '60s. "Look in Boston," the man suggested to DeVogue.

Long story short, DeVogue found his mother in a three-family home in Boston's Jamaica Plain district. After several visits to her home, Tina stated that her son's father was not Procyszyn, as she had once thought, but rather, she was pretty sure, Dylan. Wanting to know not one but both of his parents, DeVogue then endeavored to determine whether it could be true, that his father could really be one of the most, if not the most, pioneering artists of the 20th century.

"Before I found my mother, I was indifferent to his music," DeVogue says. "I loved a few of his songs like 'Blowin' in the Wind' and 'The Times They are a Changin'." More so for 'Blowin' in the Wind, because I could connect those lyrics to the frustrations of not being able to find my mother and hoping my answers would be caught blowin' in the wind. It wasn't until after I found my mother and learned greater detail of her life in the Village that I really studied the '60s/Dylan scene. It was then that I had a greater appreciation for his words and (I am gonna do what I want with my music) attitude. It was also then that I discovered that things were not making sense in other areas."

DeVogue claims that both Dylan and his manager, Jeff Rosen, know of his case. In 2010, DeVogue spoke with Rosen over the phone and has emailed him several times since. Dylan, while not exactly denying any of DeVogue's claims, has said that he has "no recollection" of fathering any child of Tina's. Eventually, DeVogue asked for a "non-legal paternity test," but Dylan refused.


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Jj White
Jj White

So why doesn't he get the man on the birth certificate to give a DNA test? Oh I know, because then he would have an answer that may prove he is not Bob's kid. And without this open ended question.... not book, no potential pay off from Bob... hmmmm.

BiasedButternuts42or3
BiasedButternuts42or3

Those are DeVogue's mother's lips! Identically. Look again.  Poker straight, dark, dark hair? Doubtful. Alleged half-brothers Jesse, Jacob and Samuel all have some degree of curly hair. The bridge of the nose looks doctored in DeVogue's photo.  I'll give you the eyebrows, which isn't much. It's a waste of time trying to second-guess Dylan's motives or to interpret his non-response with any certainty.   It's not possible.  Rather, it's highly possible and more likely that Dylan already has  taken a paternity test without DeVogue's knowledge. Dylan a deadbeat Dad?  Really? You've got to be kidding.

Gillhoolee
Gillhoolee

 Look's like William DeVogue is Gonna have to 'serve' somebody, Yeah, I went there.

Lynette Thompson
Lynette Thompson

do we have anything  better than to get truth why not just do a DNA and get the truth 

RainZ
RainZ

really, this isnt to be taken so serious by the readers...what's the difference to us?  I'm sure there are a lot of details not divulged by both sides. Since I really could care less, I can pick sides and voice opinions and it won't hurt a soul. I love Dylan, others don't.  I get it. This is one time I can say whatever feel like without thinking it through because I am sure my opinion means nothing to the parties involved.

Cookoo
Cookoo

Need to see the profile....

Jay Le-Veck
Jay Le-Veck

I just wonder why Bob would ignore him. Take the test and get it over with already. God, it's so easy. My father had someone claiming that her daughter was his. She told this poor girl that he was her father. So they took a DNA test and after years of lies: we found out that she was not related to us in anyway. Dylan is hardly the first person to find out he has another kid. Merle Haggard found out that he had another son too. Who knows how many kids any of those guys have. They slept with everything and anything back then. That's why they got into music to begin with. To get laid.

Jay Le-Veck
Jay Le-Veck

I have a good eye for this sort of thing. Of course there is the possibility that he isn't, but I am willing to wager big money on the fact that this is definitely Bob's son. He looks like Bob. Only difference is that he doesn't have curly hair. But the eyes and eyebrows, nose, and his mouth certainly resemble Bob. I would not ignore this guy if I was Dylan. I would acknowledge him as my kid after doing a DNA test that proved he was my kid. He looks a lot like him.

Loomis Orange
Loomis Orange

It's truly amazing to me how much these old rockers got around. It was before the dire need for condoms and so most went in bare back expecting the girls to be the ones to "take care of that sort of thing" I wouldn't be surprised if Dylan had fathered about a thousand kids throughout his long sexual history. I once read a story.. Maybe it was Ron Wood who told it, or one of them other guys who would hang around Shangri-La with The Band in the mid-seventies. Shangri-La used to be a bordello, and was laid out like one. Room after room after room. Anyway this guy said he was called out of his room for a short time and when he returned.. Dylan had stolen his girl.

RainZ
RainZ

seems he has enough money to quit his job and write a book..but not enough to hire an attorney long enough to get a DNA test?  Bob dont bother to tell you to stop  because he has been hounded by the likes of you all his life.

Rice and Beans
Rice and Beans

Even if he had an attorney, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be able to compel or get a court order Bob to submit to a paternity test.  Anyway, I'm sure Bob would have better lawyers.  If this guy were a child, it would be a different story.

Jay Le-Veck
Jay Le-Veck

This is completely different. Look at this guy, he looks a lot like Bob. I have no doubt, eyes, mouth, nose, eyebrows. This guy is his kid. Your comments are going to look dumb when the truth comes out.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones

i think i may be bob's grandfather!

Me
Me

Yes, he does, a lot. Eyes, cheeks, mouth. Check out pictures of Dylan around this age.

MArtin Kelly
MArtin Kelly

"He certainly looks like Bob." No he doesn't.

Jj White
Jj White

Again, no he doesn't. Adam Sandler in the wedding singer, looks more like Bob then this guy.

Alecko
Alecko

I certainly dont recall too many people claiming Dylan as their father. In this day and age a DNA test could settle any matter of parentage. Has Dylan made any comment?

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