Over the last decade, we've lost several classy and influential steel guitar players :
Leon Mc Auliffe, Jimmy Day, Curly Chalker, Joaquin Murphey, Speedy West, Ernie Hagar...
and Pete Drake.
He brought new sounds and new ideas to steel playing, the best-known being the famous 'talking steel' as heard in his 1964 smash, 'Forever'. With or without gimmicks, Pete was a player of the first magnitude who did sessions with George Hamilton IV, The Everly Bros, Joe Maphis, Elvis Presley, Roy Drusky and Bob Dylan, to name just a few. Here's an appreciation of his talent.