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 were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 101-125 of 294 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 65105 10-in. 3/2/1939 Toodle toodle oo Bob Dunn's Vagabonds instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65106 10-in. 3/2/1939 When night falls Bob Dunn's Vagabonds instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65107 10-in. 3/3/1939 You'll pay some day Bob Dunn's Vagabonds instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65108 10-in. 3/3/1939 You don't know my mind Bob Dunn's Vagabonds instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65109 10-in. 3/3/1939 Graveyard blues Bob Dunn's Vagabonds instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65110 10-in. 3/3/1939 I want the whole world to know I love you Bob Dunn's Vagabonds instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65111 10-in. 3/3/1939 I wonder if you feel the way I do Texas Wanderers, The instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65112 10-in. 3/3/1939 I'll never let you cry Texas Wanderers, The instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65113 10-in. 3/3/1939 I'll always be your buddy Texas Wanderers, The instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65114 10-in. 3/3/1939 Is this a dream Texas Wanderers, The instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65115 10-in. 3/3/1939 Meet me in Loveland Texas Wanderers, The instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65116 10-in. 3/3/1939 I still care for you Texas Wanderers, The instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65117 10-in. 3/3/1939 Waiting at the end of the road Texas Wanderers, The instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65118 10-in. 3/3/1939 I wish I'd never learned to love you Texas Wanderers, The instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65119 10-in. 3/3/1939 In a little house on the hill Texas Wanderers, The instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65120 10-in. 3/3/1939 Rosetta Texas Wanderers, The instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65121 10-in. 3/3/1939 wonder stomp (Instrumental) Texas Wanderers, The instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65122 10-in. 3/3/1939 Jo-jo (Instrumental) Texas Wanderers, The instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65123 10-in. 3/3/1939 Easy rider, easy rider-1 Buddy Jones instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65130 10-in. 3/4/1939 You can't put that monkey on my back No.2 The Shelton Brothers instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65131 10-in. 3/4/1939 Just because you're in deep elem The Shelton Brothers instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65132 10-in. 3/4/1939 That's no way to treat the man you love The Shelton Brothers instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65133 10-in. 3/4/1939 She's my gal The Shelton Brothers instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65134 10-in. 3/4/1939 I just don't care anymore The Shelton Brothers instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65135 10-in. 3/4/1939 Bye bye baby bye bye The Shelton Brothers instrumentalist, steel guitar  
(Results 101-125 of 294 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dunn, Bob," accessed July 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113144.

Dunn, Bob. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113144.

"Dunn, Bob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 July 2024.

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