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Bob Dunn
Born:  February 5, 1908
Died:  May 27, 1971
Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame (2013)
Steel Guitar Hall of Fame (1992)

About The Artist

Bob Dunn was perhaps the first country musician to play an electric steel guitar. He did this first with Milton Brown's Musical Brownies and then with his own Bob Dunn and Vagabonds. Jazz-influenced, he also played and recorded with other western swing groups, but seldom after World War II. Later he owned a music store in Houston,

Dunn joined the Musical Brownies following Milton's 1934 sessions for Bluebird, but appeared on all of his Decca recordings. He was also a skilled trombone player and may have played that horn on a few records as well. He amazed many with his ability to produce a "trombone effect" on the steel guitar.

After Milton's passing, Bob played briefly with his brother Derwood and then went with the new Cliff Bruner band. He also had his own Vagabond group although as Cary Ginell points out, the Dunn efforts on Decca were virtually the Bruner band rather than his own group. Dunn also recorded with Jimmie Davis and the Shelton Brothers among others.

Known for heavy drinking in his musical prime, he eventually quit drinking. Attending college, he acquired a degree. But when he owned and operated his music store, he seldom, if ever, played with swing bands. He died at age 63.

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  5667 A Mamas Gone Goodbye
  5667 B Too Long
  5676 A Blue Skies
  5676 B Toodle Oodle Oo
  5684 A When Night Falls
  5684 B You Dont Know My Mind
  5694 A It Must Be Love
  5694 B Mean Mistreater Blues
  5707 A Graveyard Blues
  5707 B I Want Whole World To Know
  5733 A You'll Pay Some Day
  5733 B Basin Street Blues
  5746 A Was That All I Meant To You?
  5746 B Sweet Bunch Of Daisies
  5772 A Wednesday Rag
  5772 B Stompin At The Honky Tonk
  5789 A I'll Tell The World
  5789 B Meet Me Tonight In Dreams
  5828 A Juke Box Rag
  5828 B I'll Forget Dear
  5848 A I Found You Out
  5848 B Marcheta
  5868 A I'll Get By
  5868 B Round Her Neck She Wears A Yellow Ribbon

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