About The Artist
Not much is known about Garnett (Hawaiian Bob) Taylor.
He married the former Goldie Spears on November 29, 1924 in Russell, KS. In 1927, they appear to have been living in Topeka, KS. They had a son, Lee, who took the last name of his stepfather when his mother re-married to Ora Irish. He was born in January 1928.
The 1930 census shows Goldie living with her parents along with her son, then known as "Junior Taylor."
A city directory indicates he was in Wichita in 1938, working as a musician.
He died at a relatively early age of 36. His obituary indicated he had been dealing with an illness for several months prior to his death.
He appears to have been one of the original KFH Ark Valley Boys that Andy Crockett organized in 1939. He was said to have played the "...genuine music of the islands." Who was also said to he another "...strong, silent man — who talks little — and plays a lot!"
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