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Dead Person of the Day January 6 – Sneaky Pete Kleinow

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Happy End of Week Folks,

A few things stuck out at me with this particular obit. Number one, I had no idea of the animosity between The Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Number two, I wish jingles would come back in vogue. It just seems that some really talented people got their start writing ads or jingles for advertising firms. Nowadays 99.9% of advertising makes me want to jam an allens wrench up my nose.

Lastly, anyone dubbed the Jimi Hendris of the steel guitar damn well qualifies themselves for a DPD recognition. Once again a great job by Spencer Leigh of The Independent with this obit. Its all there – readability, reliability and legacy. Excellent stuff….7.5 out of 10 Lytles.

Lets do it!

Peter E. “Sneaky Pete” Kleinow (August 20, 1934 – January 6, 2007)

Only a handful of steel guitarists have made their influence felt beyond country music and Sneaky Pete Kleinow was one of them. He is noted for his work with the Flying Burrito Brothers but scores of country-rock records featured his playing. More often than not, the steel guitar is used for melancholy, reflective songs, but Kleinow saw its possibilities as a rock instrument and would ensure that it was strongly amplified. As a result, he was described as “the Jimi Hendrix of the steel guitar”. Continue


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