Bob Gillette

Bob Gillette played with Bix Beiderbecke & the Wolverines, and the New Orleans Rhythm Kings.

I just noticed that it looks like he is playing a 5 string banjo with the 5 string removed.

Bob Gillette

Bob Gillette

Listen to Bob in this recording of the Wolverines’ Tiajuana [sic]
Bob with arm resting on Bix

Bob with arm resting on Bix

Bix Beiderbecke recording session at Gennett Studio

Bix Beiderbecke recording session at Gennett Studio

In 1924, the Wolverines recorded a Hoagy Carmichael tune called “Freewheeling”.  The band liked the tune but not the name.  Bix said it reminded him of a Riverboat.  Bob said that the rhythm had a shuffle to it.  They renamed it the “Riverboat Shuffle” which has gone on to become a classic.
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Published in: on March 4, 2009 at 6:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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