Whitney: Robert “Bob”
Peacefully in Queensway Carleton Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario on Monday, August 3, 2009 at the age of 89 years.
Survived by his wife Etta and children, Judy, Howard, Dawn, Cyndela, Doug, Don, Wendi, Laura, Tammy, Cathy, Shelly and their families. Also survived by his sister Lorna. Predeceased by sons David and Raymond.
Born in Glace Bay, N.S. Moved to Ontario after serving in WW ll. From mechanics to music, he worked at both with passion, teaching for ten years before retiring and devoting full time to his music. He played many years with the Ottawa Valley Melodiers and appearances on the Don Messer Show are just parts of his music resumé. Bob could play a dozen instruments, all self taught with the saxaphone being his favourite.
“We will miss the Music Man”
From Arlene Stafford click-https://arlenestaffordwilson.wordpress.com/tag/bob-whitney/
The Pre-Melodiers: Bill Coburn, Eric Burton, Maurice Clouthier, Ken Gilmore, Mac Beattie.
Founding Melodiers 1931: Mac Beattie, Gaetan Fairfield, Mervyn Leitch, Harold Mosley, Lloyd Mosley
Melodiers in the 30s: Mac Beattie, Gaetan Fairfield, Garnie Scheels, Harold Mosley, Louis Cheal, Fred Robillard, Horace Blanchette, Johnny Lavoie.
1950s Melodiers: Mac Beattie, Gaetan Fairfield, Garnie Scheel, Horace Blanchette, Karen Shaw, Joe Watson, Harold McClinton, Rene Desormeaux, Maisy Billings, Bill Loney, Les Lye, Hal Horsey, Maurice Charron, Billy Shepherd, Long John Corrigan, Reg Hill, Ernie Levesque, Bill Inglis, Champ Johnson.
Melodiers of the 60s & 70s: Mac Beattie, Gaetan Fairfield, Pat Leonard, Gordie Sommer, Bob Whitney, Reg Hill, Bob Price, Charlie McVeigh, Mary Dick, Tony Miseferi, Jim Mayhew, Al Utronki, Johnny Price, Jim Spence, Bonnie Beattie & Peter Dawson. From Mac Beattie page
Just a few of the Mac Beatty records Bob Whitney was on
A Visit To The Ottawa Valley (Rodeo RLP 64 or RLP 1170) – June 1, 1960 Featuring: Mac Beattie, drums, vocals & novelty washboard; Reg Hill, violin, piano, guitar & sax; Garnet Scheel, steel guitar, electric spanish guitar, fiddle & piano; Gaetan Fairfield, rhythm man, spanish guitar, bass & piano; Bob Whitney, sax, clarinet & violin; Bill Inglis, guitar & vocals.The Ottawa Valley Melodiers consist of Mac Beattie – vocals, drums and novelty washboard; Reg Hill – Violin, also plays piano, guitar ad sax; Garnet Scheel – steel guitar, electric spanish guitar and also plays the fiddle and piano; Gaetan Fairfield – rhythm guitar, spanish guitar, bass and piano; Bob Price – piano; Bob Whitney – sax, clarinet and violin; Bill Inglis – guitar and vocalist.This group make their headquarters in Arnprior, Ontario and their leader Mac Beattie had originally organized the unit in 1938 but had to disband in 1940 due to the war. They were reorganized again in 1948 and since then have had local radio shows over Radio Stations CHOV, Pembroke, CKOY, Ottawa, CJET, Smith Falls, and this year makes the second for them to be on the CBC Dominion Network.
Father & Daughter (SBS 5419) – January 22, 1975Bonnie Beattie, vocals; Mac Beattie, vocals; Garney Scheel, steel guitar; Reg Hill, fiddle & bass; Merv Wilson, flat top guitar; Jimmy Mayhew, piano; Bob Whitney, clarinet; Peter Clements, drums.Hi there friends – Greetings from the Ottawa Valley. It’s been two years since I recorded an Album and it’s great to be back with this one – our ninth. I want you to meet my daughter “Bonnie” who is seventeen years of age and has been singing with the group since she was a wee thing. Besides singing Bonnie has a talent for composing and her first two efforts are included on this album. They are – “What Is Love” and “It’s only Girls Like Me”. She joins me on three other songs and goes solo on “Tonight At My Table All Alone”. We are very proud of her and hope you will be too.As for me – well I’ve composed six new numbers for this album and re-arranged two of my old ones. The new ones are “We’ll Remember Don Messer’s Jubilee”, our tribute for two very dear friends, the late Don Messer and Charlie Chamberlain. Bob Whitney assists me with the vocal parts and adds Clarinet background along with the great fiddling of Reg Hill in “Pizza Polka” for our polka loving fans.”A Dog Called Billy Joe” is a true story of a little canine friend of the family. The title song “Dad and Daughter” and “Don’t Go Near The Water, Dear” is for bonnie and I, because we like to sing together. “Wear A Little Sunshine” for everyone and we hope we will bring a wee bit into your life with this album. Bonnie and I live at 86 Daniel Street N., Arnprior, Ont. and would love to hear from you.A special hello to you from all the Group who supplied the great backup music for us. Garney Scheel on steel guitar, Reg Hill on fiddle and bass, Merv Wilson on flat top guitar, Jimmy Mayhew at the piano, Bob Whitney on Clarinet and Peter Clements on drums. I give special praise to my good friend Ralph Carlson who recorded and produced this album.Best wishes to you All,SincerelyMac Beattie P.S. Bonnie sends her love.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Sat, Mar 23, 1968 · Page 64
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