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About the video
The incomparable Chubby Wise in concert at the Florida Gateway College on
February 10, 1990. Rare footage of Chubby discussing the much disputed origin
of one of the bluegrass national anthems. Backed by Skip Johns and the
Travelers from Lake City, Florida. Chubby was a fine gentleman and an
extraordinary musician. He is greatly missed.
About the artist
Chubby Wise - Born October 2, 1915
The intense, bluesy fiddle stylings of Chubby Wise are an integral part of the
genesis of recorded bluegrass music. As a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass
Boys, he participated in historic major record label sessions in 1946 and 1947
that--along with live performances--defined the genre and established the
fiddle's prominent role in bluegrass.
He was also a superb rhythm guitarist. Born Robert Russell Dees and adopted
as an infant, his surname became Wise and he was reared in Lake City, Florida.
Moving to Nashville in 1943, he recorded with Hank Williams in 1947 and
co-wrote "Shenandoah Waltz."
Throughout his career, Wise was a major force in popularizing--thus becoming
prominently identified with--the classic "Orange Blossom Special." This standard
and "Lee Highway Blues" were highlights of his stage appearances. Following 15
years with Hank Snow's Rainbow Ranch Boys on WSM's Grand Ole Opry in the
1950s and '60s, Wise began a solo performing and recording career in
bluegrass in 1970.
His rich, distinctive playing and his open, affable manner made Chubby a
favorite of many until his death in 1996.