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LEGENDARY TEXAS FIDDLE PLAYER R.I.P. Johnny Gimble is born John Paul Gimble on May 30, 1927 in Tyler, TX. He grows up in nearby Bascom. Gimble jams with Louisiana Governor Jimmie Davis. Johnny is a member of Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys. Gimble wins 5 Best Instrumentalist awards from Country Music Awards and 8 Best Fiddle Player awards from Academy of Country Music. National Fiddler Hall of Fame member, Johnny Gimble, passes away at 88 on Saturday morning, May 9, 2015 in Dripping Springs, TX.
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SCHOOL COP ORDERS REPORTER TO LEAVE Sometimes local gendarme forget that in America we have free speech. KRIV TV covers a story about a Houston, TX school principal in a grade fixing exposé. When a Houston Independent School District police officer orders KRIV TV FOX CH 26 reporter Katie McCall to leave a school district meeting she digs in and holds her ground. While McCall asks parents about the scandal, an HISD cop orders the crew to leave. McCall tells the agent: We have a free press in this country.
MOONWALKERS BLAST OFF INTO SPACE Recently, NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian Astronaut Mikhail Kornienko lift off aboard a Soyuze spacecraft from the old Baikonur Soviet launch site. Kelly is one of two astronauts on one of the longest space missions to date: one year in orbit. Scott, who is the first American to spend a continuous year in space loves Houston morning TV. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly tweets a photo of his ISS TV and KTRK TV ABC CH 13’s morning news anchor Tom Koch.
KZEW FM ROCKS ON! From 1967-68 during my time as a DJ on Belo 50,000 watt clear channel WFAA-820 and 5,000 watt WFAA-570 in Dallas, TX our sister station WFAA FM is automated Dr’s office lush music. But, in 1973 when Ira Lipson and John Dew roll into Big D from WWWW FM Rock in Detroit, MI the lush WFAA FM blasts off into Album Rock KZEW FM. Recently, a hundred radio vets pour into Dallas’ Sundown at Granada to honor KZEW FM’s reign from 1973-1990. KZEW FM call letters now reside in Wheatland, WY.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first hotel to install radios in each of its rooms? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•KTEG FM iHeartMedia Alternative (104.1 The Edge) Albuquerque, NM says goodbye to longtime Morning hosts Buck and Dex. Aaron [Buck] Burnett and Dex Toth are on The Edge since December 2003. •STEPHANIE CALLIHAN exits Regional Manager of iHeartMedia Wichita, KS as new VP/GM of Entercom’s Austin, TX 5-station cluster that includes Talk KJCE-1370. •VERIZON America’s largest mobile phone operator buys AOL owner of The Huffington Post, TechCrunch and AOL.com at $42.59 a share for $4.4 billion in cash.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1955 KPUA TV (now KGMD) CBS CH 9 in Hilo, HI begins broadcasting on May 15th. •1969 MERLE HAGGARD records Workin’ Man Blues on May 16th in the Capitol tower in Hollywood, CA. •1976 THE FONZ SONG (Happy Days) by Heyettes reaches #91 on May 15th. •1988 MARTINA MCBRIDE marries John McBride on May 15th in Wichita, KS. •1993 THE ALAMODOME opens in San Antonio, TX on May 15th. •2013 ZAC BROWN BAND’s video Jump Right In debuts on May 17th on CMT TV.
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ROY HOLLEY [Talk About Texas KKYX-680/ex WOAI-1200] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: Johnny Gimble was 88…died in Dripping Springs. Sorry to hear about Johnny Gimble’s passing. I had the opportunity to hire him on several occasions. He was always easy to work with. He truly was in a class by himself. The world of country music has lost one of its finest. May he rest in peace.
DUKE GILLELAND [Bob Wills Western Swing chat board] (Belton, TX) Subject: Johnny Gimble Passes… Jim, Just a note to let all know that fiddler Johnny Gimble passed away 5-9-14 in Marble Falls Texas after a long illness. Johnny carried the Western Swing flag all his life, from the cotton fields of East Texas to the far corners of this country! His contributions at sessions helped make a real good record a GREAT one. At dances, when he stepped up to the mic, dancers listened for them first notes from his fiddle to almost instantly fill the hard wood floor! He cast a huge shadow in “The Institution” we in Texas know to be Western Swing dance music. Rest In Peace Potna, job well done!
HENRY WILLIAMS [Steve Gary – KOKE FM/KVET/KASE] (Austin, TX) Johnny Gimble was 88 … died in Dripping Springs. Johnny Gimble, who played fiddle for Bob Wills in the Texas Playboys and went on to become one of country music’s most accomplished and respected musicians, died Saturday near his home in Dripping Springs. He was 88.
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RON CHANDLER [Ron Chandler PR firm/KVET/KASE] (Austin, TX) In 1950 I was 11 years old and entered a talent contest in Lubbock, Texas held @ the Cotton Club (nightclub) on the outskirts of Lubbock. What was so wonderful about this experience was Bob Wills & Texas Playboys with Johnny Gimble were to accompany all the “talent”. (6 of us) The Playboys along with Johnny Gimble on the fiddle joined in for me when I sang Little Jimmy Dickens song…”Sleeping at the foot of the Bed”. What a memory…I’ll never forget!
MICHAEL HART [Rick Shaw KASE FM/KOKE FM] (Austin, TX) While working at KOKE in 1980, I had the opportunity to emcee a concert at the old Silver Dollar North, featuring Johnny Gimble, Fiddlin’ Frenchie Burke and Shoji Tabuchi. If I’m not mistaken, the show was a charity fundraiser, sponsored by one of the fraternities at U.T. It was billed as “Old Fiddlers Night” and, man, what a blast that was! Frenchie and Shoji got the crowd going, but I was just floored after hearing Johnny play. That man could definitely play the fiddle! And such a nice man to boot. He’ll be missed!
RICK HENSON (Austin, TX) Thanks Michael, I remember that night. I think that was either Silver Dollar or Silver Dollar South. I took the picture. Johnny Gimble was one of the nicest, kindest most generous gentlemen I ever met in any business, not just show business. Rick Henson
JANET LYNN [fine Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame singer] (Austin, TX) My niece was his nurse and by his side when he passed. I have kept in touch with Dick and Marilynn Gimble. I am honored to have worked with Johnny for several years. Check out this cool video at http://johnnygimble.com. Johnny now swings with wings! Janet Lynn
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1907, E.M. Statler builds his first permanent Statler Hotel which includes private bath and shower in each room. The last hotel that Staler builds on May 10, 1927 before his death the Hotel Statler in Boston, MA becomes the first hotel to install radio headsets in each of its 1,300 rooms so its patrons can listen to classic radio shows.
LARRY TODD [ex KHFI TV anchor] (Austin, TX) What a wonderful tribute to a very talented musician and fine man. I’ll bet he could tell many great stories…but he kept many of them to himself which is probably best. However, his music will live on with a welcome footprint on our earth and in our hearts. At our Broadcaster’s Reunion on May 24th (4-6 @ 700 Dawson Road) Henry will list the names of deceased broadcasters in a brief memorial. All are invited and there is no charge. May Johnny Gimble rest in peace and may the deceased broadcasters also be at ease. And, may we survivors live each moment with health and happiness.
JOHNNY GIMBLE (May 30, 1926 – May 9, 2015) I’ve played a lot of gigs and this is one of ’em’.
Jim Rose and Suzie
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