Johnny Gimble Passes Away at 88
Johnny Gimble was a true Texas treasure... a legend among musicians and people who just love good music. No one else could make a fiddle sing like Johnny Gimble. My mother said his fiddle playin' sounded like "ribbons of velvet". Being a musician myself, I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Gimble on several occasions. He played fiddle with the "Texas Playboys" (Bob Wills' band) and innumerable other country bands and musicians. I've met a lot of good fiddlers over the years, but no one could come close to his artistry.
John Paul 'Johnny' Gimble was born on May 30, 1929 in Tyler, Texas, He died today (May 9, 2015) in Dripping Springs, Texas. R.I.P. fiddle man.