GERRY LOBBE (1990 Inductee)

Gerry Lobbe was born in Eastview, Ontario in 1923. A multi-instrumentalist he teamed-up with local musicians Art Simpson (steel guitar) and Blaise ’Curly’ Kenny (guitar/vocals) to form The Valley Pals, one of the early acts to perform on the Ottawa Valley country music scene. The trio was often called upon to open shows at the Ottawa Coliseum and Ottawa Auditorium in support of touring stars such as Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and Doc Williams.

In the early 1960's, following a brief stint as a member of the famed The Happy Wanderers, Gerry formed the act The Gerry Lobbe Orchestra, playing venues throughout the Ottawa Valley, including an extended stay "Downstairs At The Rib", a popular dance club in The Riverside Hotel.

Sadly Gerry Lobbe passed away August 1, 1990, only days prior to his induction into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall Of Fame.


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