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 201-225 of 294 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||66386||10-in.||9/3/1939||Shoutin' in the amen corner||The Shelton Brothers||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66387||10-in.||9/3/1939||Ain't no use to worry anymore||The Shelton Brothers||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66388||10-in.||9/4/1939||I wish it wasn't so||The Shelton Brothers||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66389||10-in.||9/4/1939||Parking meter blues||The Shelton Brothers||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66390||10-in.||9/4/1939||If you don't like my peaches||The Shelton Brothers||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66391||10-in.||9/4/1939||You can't get love||The Shelton Brothers||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66392||10-in.||9/4/1939||No matter what they say||The Shelton Brothers||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66393||10-in.||9/4/1939||Don't take my darling away||The Shelton Brothers||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66394||10-in.||9/4/1939||I have my bed||The Shelton Brothers||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66395||10-in.||9/5/1939||To tell the truth||Dickie McBride||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66396||10-in.||9/5/1939||I'm dreaming tonight of the old folks||Dickie McBride||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66397||10-in.||9/5/1939||You'll be sorry bye and bye||Dickie McBride||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66398||10-in.||9/5/1939||I've nothing to live for now||Dickie McBride||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66399||10-in.||9/5/1939||If you cared||Dickie McBride||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66400||10-in.||9/5/1939||I'm countin' on the mountain moon||Dickie McBride||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66401||10-in.||9/5/1939||I'm grievin' for believin' in a lie||Dickie McBride||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66402||10-in.||9/5/1939||This night is mine||Dickie McBride||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66415||10-in.||9/5/1939||Basin Street blues||Bob Dunn's Vagabonds||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66416||10-in.||9/5/1939||was that all I meant to you||Bob Dunn's Vagabonds||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66417||10-in.||9/5/1939||You're my darling||Leon Selph's Blue Ridge Playboys||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66418||10-in.||9/5/1939||My precious baby girl||Leon Selph's Blue Ridge Playboys||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66419||10-in.||9/5/1939||Meet me tonight in dreams||Bob Dunn's Vagabonds||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66420||10-in.||9/5/1939||Stompin' at the honky tonk||Bob Dunn's Vagabonds||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66421||10-in.||9/5/1939||Wednesday rag (Instrumental)||Bob Dunn's Vagabonds||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||66422||10-in.||9/5/1939||I'll tell the world||Bob Dunn's Vagabonds||vocalist, 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)
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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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