A famous musician
The Life of Bob Dylan
Friday, Jan. 9th, 4:30pm
Independence Elementary, Fargo, ND, United States
Bob Dylan's Childhood
He was born as Robert Allan Zimmerman in Duluth, MN. His brother, David, was born in 1946. That same year, his father Abe caught Polio. His father began to limp and was sick for a long time. Because his father was so ill, his family moved to Hibbing, MN where his mother's family lived. Being close to family helped his mom tremendously.
Bob was Jewish. He studied Hebrew. He had a Bar Mitzvah in 1954 to celebrate becoming a man. He had been unhappy about his father being ill, but became happier after his Bar Mitzvah,
As a teenager, Bob told many lies to his peers and friends. He said he ran away from home and worked at the circus. He said he was an orphan. Maybe he told lies to get attention, but none of that was true. He also began to be interested in learning how to play instruments. He taught himself how to play the piano. He wanted to play like Little Richard.
What kind of music did Bob want to play? He learned how to play the piano from his cousin and from teaching himself. He listened to the new kind of music called rock and roll. He loved the mix of gospel music, blues, and black rhythm and blues. He heard music he liked on TV. His father brought home one of the first TV sets in Hibbing in 1952. He liked to copy Little Richard's pounding piano, wild screaming, and stand-up style of playing piano.