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Memorable Manitobans: Robert “Bob” Lyde (1929-1992)

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Bob Lyde
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Born at Raleigh, North Carolina, he grew up in Harlem. He won a teenage talent contest and played trombone during the Second World War for Leroy Anderson, subsequently spending three years as a sideman with Duke Ellington. He came to Canada in 1953 and worked as a Canadian Pacific Railway porter until 1963, when he returned to music. He helped found the Winnipeg Jazz Society. He died at Winnipeg.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Owen Clark for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 November 2012

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