Bob Dooley was one of the early bluegrass musicians in the Dayton area. A fiddle player, he played the West Third Street bars in the 1950s, along with the Brock Brothers, Red Allen, Frank Wakefield, Johnnie McKee, and others. In 1971, he was working with Jedd Raleigh and the Country Cutups, who were active around Dayton at the time. They cut a single on Jalyn, with Bob featured on one side of the record with his composition “Dooley’s Breakdown.” In 1973, he recorded with Lee Allen on Old Homestead. In 1978, he was playing with Paul Arrwood and the Sundown Travelers at the Oak Club at 1301 Wayne Avenue.

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