Bob Dunn

Robert Lee Dunn (February 5, 1908 – May 27, 1971) was a pioneer Western swing steel guitarist. Influenced by influential Hawaiian lap steel guitar player Sol Hoʻopiʻi, Dunn played in his own original bluesy style and was one of the first to record an electric guitar, preceding other country & western guitarists following him shortly. He preceded by over three years George Barnes (with Big Bill Broonzy in 1938), Leonard Ware and, slightly later, Eddie Durham.

On January 27, 1935, Dunn became one of the first musicians to record an electrically amplified instrument as a member of Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies.

Dunn also played steel guitar in numerous other Western swing groups including those of Cliff Bruner and one of Moon Mullican's earlier bands. Dunn also had his own group, The Vagabonds, featuring Mullican and Cliff Bruner.

Dunn was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1992.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 5, 1908 (Braggs), Died May 27, 1971 (Houston)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: steel guitar, electric steel guitar, electric guitar, vocalist, composer

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Recordings (Results 276-294 of 294 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca C 9719 10-in. 1/28/1935 When I'm gone don't grieve Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca C 9720 10-in. 1/28/1935 Who's sorry now Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca C 9721 10-in. 1/28/1935 One of us was wrong Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca C 9722 10-in. 1/28/1935 The house at the end of the lane Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca C 9723 10-in. 1/28/1935 My Mary Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca C 9724 10-in. 1/28/1935 You're tired of me Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca C 9726 10-in. 1/28/1935 I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal you Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca C 9727 10-in. 1/28/1935 Sweet Georgia Brown Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca C 9728 10-in. 1/28/1935 Shine on harvest moon Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca C 9729 10-in. 1/28/1935 You're bound to look like a monkey Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca C 9730 10-in. 1/28/1935 Wheezie Anna Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca C 9731 10-in. 1/28/1935 Taking off Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca C 9732 10-in. 1/28/1935 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca C 9733 10-in. 1/28/1935 Crafton blues Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca C 9734 10-in. 1/28/1935 Black and white rag Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca C 9735 10-in. 1/28/1935 In the shade of the old apple tree Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca C 9736 10-in. 1/28/1935 Little Betty Brown Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca C 9737 10-in. 1/28/1935 Going up Brushy Fork Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca C 9737 10-in. 1/28/1935 Going up Brushy Fork Brownies [Milton Brown] instrumentalist, steel guitar  
(Results 276-294 of 294 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dunn, Bob," accessed July 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113144.

Dunn, Bob. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113144.

"Dunn, Bob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 July 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113144

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