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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