Johnny Gimble

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
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Decades: 1970s 1980s
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Biography

30 May 1926, near Tyler, Texas, USA. The fifth of six brothers, Gimble grew up in a musical environment, and each of his brothers played a stringed instrument. By the age of 12, having already learned both fiddle and mandolin, he was playing with four of his brothers at local dances and made his first radio appearances while still at school. He left home when he was 17 and found work playing fiddle and banjo with the Shelton Brothers and also with Jimmie Davis on KWKH Shreveport. In 1949, he joined Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys (for the first time) and moved with Wills from Oklahoma to Dallas, when he opened the Bob Wills Ranch House. Around 1951, he left full-time work with Wills but later played with him on other occasions. Gimble continued to play local venues and did session work with several artists including Marty Robbins and Lefty Frizzell, but in 1955, seeking some work with security, he became a barber and moved to Waco. During the 60s, he returned to a...

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