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Jimmy Wyble

An American guitarist, noted for his contributions to both jazz and Western swing.

Wyble played country music in the early 1940s with fellow guitarist Cameron Hill on local Houston radio.

He was playing in Foreman Phillips's band when Bob Wills hired him and Hill to play in his group, the Texas Playboys. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1946, and returned to work with Western swing groups into the 1950s.

In 1953, he released his first record as a bandleader, The Jimmy Wyble Quintet. The album featured accordion, clarinet, guitar, bass, and drums.

That same year, he recorded with Barney Kessel. Soon after he played in the bands of Benny Goodman and Red Norvo; with Norvo he toured Australia backing Frank Sinatra.

Wyble's output decreased in the 1960s and 1970s, playing mainly as a session musician in Los Angeles.

During this time Wyble played on TV shows such as The Flip Wilson Show and Kraft Music Hall, and studied classical guitar with Laurindo Almeida.

Wyble also taught others; among his students were Howard Roberts, Steve Lukather and Larry Koonse. Wyble played guitar on soundtracks including The Wild Bunch, Ocean's Eleven, and Kings Go Forth.

He was born in Port Arthur, Texas and died in Los Angeles, California.
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