Chubby Wise

Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise (October 2, 1915 – January 6, 1996) was an American bluegrass fiddler.

Originally starting out playing the banjo and guitar, Wise began playing fiddle at age 12, working locally in the Jacksonville area. He joined the Jubilee Hillbillies in 1938, then began playing with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in 1942, including dates at the Grand Ole Opry. He worked with Monroe through 1948, then played with Clyde Moody. He also played with the York Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, and Connie B. Gay.

In 1954, Wise became a member of Hank Snow's Rainbow Ranch Boys, again appearing at the Grand Ole Opry; he remained with the group until March 1970. Alongside this he worked as a session musician with Mac Wiseman and Red Allen, among others. Wise returned to Florida in 1984 and went into semi-retirement, though he continued to tour and record occasionally, such as with the Bass Mountain Boys in 1992.

He joined producers Randall Franks and Alan Autry for the In the Heat of the Night cast's CD Christmas Time's a Comin' performing "Christmas Time's a Comin'" with the cast on the CD released on Sonlite and MGM/UA. Franks occasionally joined Wise performing twin fiddle with him on his shows.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 2nd, 1915 (Lake City), Died January 6th, 1996 (Bowie)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: violin

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 10494 11/20/1958 Night Jimmy "Timmy" Martin, Jr. instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 10495 11/20/1958 It's not like home Jimmy "Timmy" Martin, Jr. instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 10496 11/20/1958 She's left me again Jimmy "Timmy" Martin, Jr. instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 10497 11/20/1958 Hold whatcha got Jimmy "Timmy" Martin, Jr. instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 10498 11/20/1958 Bear tracks Jimmy "Timmy" Martin, Jr. instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 10499 11/20/1958 Cripple Creek Jimmy "Timmy" Martin, Jr. instrumentalist, violin  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wise, Chubby," accessed October 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107255.

Wise, Chubby. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107255.

"Wise, Chubby." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 October 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107255

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