Chubby Wise

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Robert Russell Wise, 2 October 1915, Lake City, Florida, USA, d. 6 January 1996, Washington, DC, USA. His father was an old-time fiddler but Robert first played banjo and guitar, before changing to fiddle at the age of 12, greatly influenced by Curly Fox and Clayton McMichen. In 1936, Wise drove taxis in Jacksonville and played fiddle in bars in his spare time, but in 1938, he became a full-time musician. After playing for a time with the Jubilee Hillbillies, he joined Bill Monroe on the Grand Ole Opry in 1942. He remained with Monroe until 1948, in a line-up that included Flatt And Scruggs and played on most of the band’s best-known recordings. In 1947, he co-wrote ‘Shenandoah Waltz’ with Clyde Moody and it has also been suggested that, in 1938, he may well have worked with Ervin Rouse on the writing of the fiddle classic ‘Orange Blossom Special’. He returned to Monroe briefly and in the early 50s, he played with several acts including...

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