“Sneaky” Pete Kleinow dies at age 72 of Alzheimers

January 9, 2007

The BBC reports that virtuoso pedal steel guitar player “Sneaky” Pete Kleinow died yesterday in a Petaluma, CA nursing facility from Alzheimers. I knew and loved Sneaky as a pedal steel player who played with the Byrds, Gram Parsons, Flying Burrito Brothers, and a list that goes on and on (check out his bio on his website). Pete was also an animator and special effects artist. He worked on Gumby back in 1960 and with Industrial Light and Magic on The Empire Strikes Back.

Here is Sneaky Pete playing one of the most originally touching introductions I know. The recording is Chris Hillman singing Bob Dylan’s “To Ramona” with the Flying Burrito Brothers.

[audio:http://rogerbourland.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/toramona.mp3]

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