Robert Lee "Bob" Dunn (February 5, 1908 – May 27, 1971) was an American jazz trombonist and a pioneer Western swing steel guitarist. Although much influenced by influential, key 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.
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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 151-175 of 294 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||66315||10-in.||8/28/1939||You gotta know how to truck and swing||Texas Wanderers, The||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66316||10-in.||8/28/1939||How could you have left me||Texas Wanderers, The||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66317||10-in.||8/28/1939||I remember||Texas Wanderers, The||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66318||10-in.||8/28/1939||The night was filled with music||Texas Wanderers, The||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66319||10-in.||8/28/1939||Give me those old fashioned days||Texas Wanderers, The||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66320||10-in.||8/28/1939||Smile and drive your blues away||Texas Wanderers, The||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66321||10-in.||8/28/1939||When it's your time of day||Texas Wanderers, The||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66322||10-in.||8/28/1939||Lies||Texas Wanderers, The||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66323||10-in.||8/28/1939||Moonlight on the prairie||Texas Wanderers, The||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66324||10-in.||8/28/1939||Cry baby cry||Texas Wanderers, The||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66325||10-in.||8/29/1939||I didn't know||Floyd Tillman||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66326||10-in.||8/29/1939||There must be someone for me||Floyd Tillman||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66327||10-in.||8/29/1939||I'm always dreaming of you||Floyd Tillman||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66328||10-in.||8/29/1939||Don't be blue||Floyd Tillman||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66329||10-in.||8/29/1939||I never felt this way before||Floyd Tillman||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66330||10-in.||8/29/1939||Maybe I'll get by without you||Floyd Tillman||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66331||10-in.||8/29/1939||I'd settle down for you||Floyd Tillman||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66332||10-in.||8/29/1939||It had to be that way||Floyd Tillman||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66333||10-in.||8/30/1939||Hold it a little longer||Buddy Jones||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66334||10-in.||8/30/1939||I can't be bothered||Buddy Jones||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66335||10-in.||8/30/1939||I can't use you anymore||Buddy Jones||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66336||10-in.||8/30/1939||I'll get mine bye and bye No.3||Buddy Jones||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66337||10-in.||8/30/1939||Boog-a-boo baby||Buddy Jones||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66338||10-in.||8/30/1939||Like the doctor said||Buddy Jones||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66339||10-in.||8/30/1939||Tend to your business||Buddy Jones||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dunn, Bob," accessed June 3, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113144.
Dunn, Bob. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 3, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113144.
"Dunn, Bob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 3 June 2023.
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Wikipedia: Bob Dunn (musician)
Discogs: Bob Dunn
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LCNAR: Dunn, Bob, 1908-1971 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2006084478
Wikidata: Bob Dunn (musician) - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q2542752
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