Theodore Leroy "Teddy" Bunn (May 7, 1909 – July 20, 1978) was an American blues and jazz guitarist, vocalist, and composer.
Bunn was born in Freeport, New York. He had two brothers, Kenneth and Jimmy. Bunn's father played accordion and harmonica; his mother played organ in a church. Bunn was given a guitar by his father, who also gave him some basic instruction; apart from this, Bunn was self-taught. He never learned to read music, so played by ear.
In 1929 Bunn began recording with Duke Ellington as a guest performer. From 1929 to 1931, Bunn played with The Washboard Serenaders. He recorded with the Spirits of Rhythm from 1932 to 1937 and again from 1939 to 1941.
Bunn recorded with such musicians as Sidney Bechet, Hadda Brooks, Johnny Dodds, J.C. Higginbotham, Lionel Hampton and Jimmie Noone. Bunn played electric guitar from 1940. He recorded solo numbers for Blue Note Records in 1940.
By the 1970s Bunn played electric guitar almost exclusively in R&B bands. He suffered a stroke after joining Louis Jordan's band and was unwell for more than a decade following it. He died on July 20, 1978 in Lancaster Hospital, California. He was survived by one son and two daughters.
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Recorded in New York on March 24, 1930.