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According to family members, Johnny Gimble, one of the greatest fiddlers to ever pick up a bow, died Saturday, just weeks before his 89th birthday.
The Texas-born fiddler is perhaps best known for his years playing with the king of Western Swing, Bob Wills. Over his six decades in music, Mr. Gimble also recorded and with a number of legends, including Marty Robbins and Chet Atkins, and toured with Willie Nelson.
He was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship in 1994.
Violinist Johnny Gimble accepts the crowd’s acclamationBuy Photo
Violinist Johnny Gimble accepts the crowd’s acclamation for his Instrumentalist of the Year honor during the nationally-televised CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House. “I’ve been waiting 30 years for this,” Gimble said. Co-presenter Bill Anderson, right, shows his approval. 10/13/1975 (Photo: Frank Empson / Tennessean)
Though he suffered a stroke in late 1999, Mr. Gimble continued to make music well into his 80s, and appeared several times in the program “A Prairie Home Companion.”
In 2010 he released “Celebrating with Friends,” an album of collaborations with artists including Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, Dale Watson, Ray Benson and many others.
This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.
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