Johnny Gimble, 1926 — 2015

Johnny Gimble, 1926 -- 2015

Award-winning Western Swing fiddler Johnny Gimble died last week at the age of 88. For many years he played with Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, and was a first-call Nashville session musician. More recently he played and recorded with Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel.

“Panhandle Rag,” written by Leon McAuliffe, performed by Johnny Gimble (fiddle) and friends on Austin City Limits, 1980.  Another former Texas Playboy, Eldon Shamblin, is playing his prototype Stratocaster in the back.


“Johnny Gimble, Who Fiddled His Way to Fame, Dies at 88,” Bruce Weberman, New York Times


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