PEDAL STEEL HALL OF FAME MEMBERS

 

JERRY BYRD

MAJOR INFLUENTIAL STYLIST, COMPOSER AND ARRANGER
"THE MASTER OF TOUCH AND TONE"

BORN: MARCH 9, 1920 LIMA, OHIO
INDUCTED: 1978


LEON McAULIFFE

WESTERN SWING PIONEER BAND LEADER, COMPOSER OF THE MOST FAMOUS STEEL GUITAR INSTRUMENTAL "STEEL GUITAR RAG"

BORN: JANUARY 3, 1917 HOUSTON, TEXAS
DIED: AUGUST 20, 1988
INDUCTED: 1978


ALVINO REY

BIG BAND PIONEER. SOUND EFFECTS AND TUNING INNOVATOR, AND FATHER OF THE PEDAL STEEL GUITAR

BORN: JULY 1, 1908 OAKLAND, CALIF.
INDUCTED: 1978

HERB REMINGTON

SWING STEEL PIONEER, MAJOR STYLIST, BLENDER OF THE HAWAIIAN SOUND WITH WESTERN MUSIC. RECORDING ARTIST, AND COMPOSER OF THE CLASSIC "REMINGTON RIDE"

BORN: JUNE 9, 1926 MISHAWAKA, INDIANA
INDUCTED: 1979


SOL HOOPII

MOTION PICTURE ADVISOR AND PERFORMER. TUNING AND STYLE INNOVATOR, COMPOSER, RECORDING ARTIST. "MUSIC EVANGELIST FOR HIS LORD", AND "HAWAIIAN MUSIC'S GREATEST STEEL GUITARIST"

BORN: 1902 HONOLULU, HAWAII
DIED: 1953
INDUCTED: 1979

EARL "JOAQUIN" MURPHEY

INTRODUCED JAZZ IMPROVISATION TO WESTERN SWING, DEVELOPED SINGLE STRING RIFFS INTO AN ART FORM, AND STYLIZED THE SKILL OF CHORD EXPRESSION.

BORN: DECEMBER 30, 1923 HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA
INDUCTED: 1980


SPEEDY WEST

UNIQUELY IDENTIFIABLE STYLIST WHO SO COMBINED CHORDAL EXECUTIONS AND SINGLE-STRING RIFFS THAT PUBLIC RECOGNITION OF THE STEEL GUITAR AND HIS NAME WERE ACHIEVED. HE PIONEERED THE "CRASH-BAR" TECHNIQUE, COMPOSED INSTRUMENTALS THAT BECAME CLASSICS TO THE INSTRUMENT'S PLAYERS, AND IS "STEEL'S FOREMOST SHOWMAN."

BORN: JANUARY 25, 1924 SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
INDUCTED: 1980

NOEL BOGGS

POP AND WESTERN SWING BAND RECORDING ARTIST WHO STYLIZED THE "MELLOW TONE" USING MULTIPLE, NON-PEDAL TUNINGS FOR HIS PATENTED "NECK-HOPPING" TECHNIQUE. HE ACHIEVED SMOOTH, COMPLEX, AND FULL CHORD EXPRESSION.

BORN: NOV. 14, 1917 OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.
DIED: OCT., 1974
INDUCTED: 1981


BUDDY EMMONS

MAJOR STYLIST, TUNING INNOVATOR AND ORIGINATOR. CREATOR OF ENDURING LICKS, RIFFS AND UNIQUE JAZZ IMPROVISATIONS, COMPOSER, AND FOR A QUARTER CENTURY, "THE WORLDS FOREMOST STEEL GUITARIST."

BORN: JANUARY 27, 1937 MISHAWAKA, INDIANA
INDUCTED: 1981


JIMMY DAY

RECORDING ARTIST, COMPOSER, AND TRUE HONKY-TONK BACKUP MUSICIAN WHO ACHIEVED SUCH EXPRESSION ON THE E9th TUNING AS TO BE KNOWN AS "MR. COUNTRY SOUL." A ROBUST AND EARTHY ROAD PERFORMER WHO HAS INFLUENCED HUNDREDS OF ASPIRING PLAYERS FOR OVER THREE DECADES.

BORN: JANUARY 9, 1934 TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA
DIED: JANUARY 22, 1999
INDUCTED: 1982


DICK KAIHUE McINTIRE

MOTION PICTURE SOUND TRACK AND RECORDING ARTIST FROM THE 1930's TO 1950. BAND LEADER, COMPOSER, AND PROFOUND INSPIRATION TO SCORES OF STEEL GUITARISTS WHO FOLLOWED. THE MASTER OF PURITY, TASTE, AND EXPRESSION OF HIS DAY.

BORN: APRIL 6, 1902 HONOLULU, HAWAII
DIED: MAY 20, 1951
INDUCTED: 1982


EDDIE ALKIRE

MASTER TEACHER, MUSIC PUBLISHER, COMPOSER, PERFORMER, CREATER OF THE ALKIRE EHARP AND PIONEER OF THE 10-STRING STEEL AND GUITAR OF AMPLIFICATION. HE DEVOTED A LIFETIME TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE HAWAIIAN GUITAR AND TO THE ENRICHMENT OF ITS PLAYERS.

BORN: DEC. 6, 1907 HACKER VALLEY, W. VA.
DIED: JAN, 25, 1981
INDUCTED: 1983


RALPH MOONEY

COMPOSER, RECORDING SIDEMAN, ROAD MUSICIAN, AND TUNING INNOVATOR (HIGH G SHARP). CREATED "MOONEY" TAKE-OFF AND "CHICKEN PICKIN'" BEFORE SUCH STYLES HAD NAMES. SO UNIQUELY ORIGINAL THAT HE REMAINS UNDUPLICATED.

BORN: SEPTEMBER 16, 1928 DUNCAN, OKLAHOMA
INDUCTED: 1983

DON HELMS

INDELIBLE STYLIST AND RECORDING ARTIST WHO BROUGHT THE UPPER OCTAVES INTO PROMINENT USE AND GAVE THE "HANK WILLIAMS" BACKUP IT'S ENDURING RECOGNITION. A "DRIFTING COWBOYS" ROAD MUSICIAN AND STEEL PIONEER FOR FOUR DECADES.

BORN: FEBRUARY 28, 1927 NEW BROCKTON, ALA.
INDUCTED: 1984


BUD ISAACS

RECORDING ARTIST, COMPOSER, ROAD MUSICIAN AND PIONEER WHO REVOLUTIONIZED THE SOUND OF THE STEEL GUITAR BY HIS INTRODUCTION OF THE PEDAL-GLISS., THEREAFTER ESTABLISHING THE "MOVING TONE" AS THE DOMINANT STEEL EXPRESSION IN COUNTRY MUSIC.

BORN: MARCH 26, 1928 BEDFORD, INDIANA
INDUCTED: 1984


"LITTLE" ROY WIGGINS

MOST IDENTIFIABLE AND POPULAR RECORDING STEEL GUITARIST OF THE '40s AND '50s. WITH VOCALIST, EDDY ARNOLD, HIS "TING-A-LING" SOUND WAS HEARD ON 75 MILLION RECORDS SOLD. HE INSPIRED A GENERATION OF PLAYERS TO PURSUE THE BEAUTY OF THE SMOOTH, PURE MELODY LINE. A MAN OF CHARACTER AND QUIET DETERMINATION, HE VIEWED "ARTFUL SIMPLICITY" AS A PERFORMER'S FIRST VIRTUE FOR ADVANCING THE STEEL GUITAR.

BORN: JUNE 27, 1926 NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
DIED: AUGUST 4, 1999
INDUCTED: 1985


CURLY CHALKER

AN INDIVIDUALIST WHO ADVANCED THE STEEL INTO POP AND JAZZ, CREATED HIS OWN COUNTRY SWING GENRE AND MAINTAINED HIS MUSICAL INTEGRITY DURING THE POPULARIZATION OF THE STEEL'S COMMERCIAL SOUND. A TECHNICIAN WHO INVENTED BAR "QUAKING" AND INTRODUCED VOLUME "GUTTING." HIS CASCADING CHORDS, DELIVERED WITH THE SPEED OF SINGLE STRING RIFFS, IDENTIFY HIS UNIQUE STYLE AS THE "CHALKER SOUND."

BORN: OCTOBER 22, 1931 ENTERPRISE, ALABAMA
DIED: APRIL 30, 1998
INDUCTED: 1985

HAROLD "SHOT" JACKSON

DESIGNER, MANUFACTURER, RETAILER, PROMOTER AND RECORDING ENTERTAINER. HE PIONEERED SHO BUD GUITARS AS A DOMINANT SOUND IN COUNTRY MUSIC. BUT ABOVE ALL, TO SCORES OF STRUGGLING PLAYERS, THEIR COURAGE AND THEIR DETERMINATION TO ACHIEVE THEIR VERY BEST AND THEY DID!

BORN: SEPTEMBER 4, 1920 WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
DIED JAN 25,1991
INDUCTED; 1986


PETE DRAKE

INNOVATOR OF THE "TALKING STEEL' SOUND INTO COUNTRY AND ROCK MUSIC, NOTABLE STYLIST, RECORDING ARTIST, SESSION PLAYER AND STUDIO OWNER WHO HAS ADVANCED THE STEEL SOUND INTO ALL FORMS OF MUSIC. PETE HAS BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF NUMEROUS MAJOR AWARDS FOR GOLD AND PLATINUM RECORDS HE PRODUCED, AND FOR THREE DECADES HAS BEEN A BENEFACTOR TO THE INSTRUMENT AND ALL STEEL GUITARISTS.

BORN: OCTOBER 8, 1932 AUGUSTA, GEORGIA
DIED: JULY 29, 1988
INDUCTED 1987


LLOYD GREEN

COMPOSER AND ARTIST WHO CREATED INNUMBERABLE DRAMATIC RUNS. PEDAL EFFECTS AND RIFFS ("THE LAGGARD NOTE." "SPLINTED HARMONY." ETC.). DOMINATING SESSION RECORDING FOR OVER A QUARTER CENTURY. APPEARING ON THOUSANDS OF RECORD SIDES. WITH THE GREATEST VOCAL ARTISTS. HE ACHIEVED HIS UNIQUE MUSICAL INTEGRITY THROUGH TONE, TASTE AND STYLE. "MR. NASHVILLE SOUND"

BORN: OCTOBER 4, 1937 LEAF, MISSISSIPPI
INDUCTED: 1988


BILLY BOWMAN

THROUGH RADIO, TOURING AND RECORDING, THIS WESTERN SWING PIONEER BLENDED HIS UNIQUE MELLOW STEEL SOUND WITH BOB WILLS' TEXAS PLAYBOYS THRU THE 50'S. HE COMPOSED AND RECORDED SUCH CLASSIC INSTRUMENTALS AS "B BOWMAN HOP" AND "MIDNIGHT IN AMARILLO" AND DISTINGUISHED THE INSTRUMENT THROUGH A LIFE TIME
OF PERFORMING.

BORN: OCTOBER 30, 1928 JOHNSON CITY, TENNESSEE
DIED: AUGUST 6. 1989
INDUCTED: 1989


HAL RUGG

HE TOOK THE COMMERCIAL SOUND FROM IT'S INFANCY TO COUNTRY JAZZ. HE EXPANDED IT'S MUSICAL DEPTH TO CREATE THE INDENTIFIABLE SOUND OF LORETTA LYNN, GORGE JONES AND THE OPRY STAFF BAND THROUGH TELEVISION, SESSION WORK AND ARRANGEMENTS. HE HAS BEEN STEELS MEDIA MAN THRU THREE DECADES.

BORN: JULY 21, 1936 NEW YORK CITY, NY
INDUCTED: 1989


BOB WHITE

BOB PIONEERED THE 10 STRING GUITAR, ORIGINATED SCORES OF ENDURING LICKS AND RIFFS, INTRODUCED THE MAJOR 7TH AND MAJOR 9TH PEDAL CHANGES AND BROUGHT A MODERN SOUND TO HANK THOMPSON'S BRAZOS VALLEY BOYS. WITH HANK, HE WAS THE FOREMOST SWING STEEL PLAYER OF THE 50'S DECADE.

BORN: JUNE 15, 1932 JENNY LIND, AR
INDUCTED: 1990


DAVID KELII

THIS HAWAIIAN DEDICATED A LIFETIME TO THE STEEL GUITAR. PIONEERING MULTIPLE TUNINGS AND INSPIRING SCORES OF PLAYERS BY HIS STYLE. HE POPULARIZED THE INSTRUMENT THROUGH HIS RECORDINGS AND HIS MANY YEARS OF BROADCASTING WITH "HAWAII CALLS."

BORN: MAY 29, 1914 LAHAINA, MAUI, HAWAII
DIED: APRIL 3, 1983
INDUCTED: 1990


ZANE BECK

A FORMIDABLE PLAYER, TUNING INNOVATOR. MASTER BUILDER AND HONEST
BUSINESSMAN. HE PIONEERED THE USE OF KNEE LEVERS, AND WAS THE FIRST TO INSTALL THEM ON PRODUCTION GUITARS. HIS ZB AND BMI STEELS SET A STANDARD FOR DESIGN, SOUND, AND EASE OF PLAYING. A HUMBLE MAN WHOSE DEPTH OF CHARACTER LIKEWISE SET A STANDARD TO MEASURE OTHERS.

BORN: DEC 24, 1927 Clarksville, Arkansas
DIED: MAY 26, 1985
INDUCTED: 1991


TOM BRUMLEY

WITH HIS IMPACT ON "TOGETHER AGAIN" TOM'S "PURE" STEEL SOUND INFLUENCED ALL STYLES FROM THE '60'S FORWARD. TOURING, COMPOSING AND RECORDING, HE GAVE THE BUCKAROOS AND STONE CANYON BANDS AN IDENTITY WITH HIS ZB. HE BUILT ZB STEELS FOR A TIME BUT CONTINUED PERFORMING. TOM BROADLY INFLUENCED COUNTRY AND ROCK PLAYERS AND CREATED A 30-YEAR LEGACY OF "THE BRUMLEY TOUCH."

 

BORN: DECEMBER 11, 1935 STELLA, MISSOURI
INDUCTED: 1992


DeWITT "SCOTTY" SCOTT

"SCOTTY'S" LIFETIME ACCOMPLISHMENTS THROUGH INSTRUCTING, PRODUCING AND RECORDING, ATTEST TO HIS OBSESSION WITH THE STEEL, IT'S PLAYERS AND IT'S CULTURE. HIS WRITINGS AND CONVENTION PRODUCTIONS HAVE MADE HIM SYNONYMOUS WITH THE INSTRUMENT, IT'S ADVANCEMENT AND IT'S PLAYERS. SUPPORTED BY HIS FAMILY, IF NOT EVERY PLAYER IN THE WORLD, HE IS TRULY, "THE AMBASSADOR OF THE STEEL GUITAR."

BORN: APRIL 10, 1932 AMARILLO, TEXAS
INDUCTED: 1992


BOB DUNN

PREMIER WESTERN SWING MUSICIAN, STRONG INFLUENCE ON PLAYERS OF HIS ERA, PIONEER USING ELECTRIC STEEL SOUNDS ON RECORDINGS. THE FIRST STEEL GUITARIST TO INTRODUCE JAZZ LICKS INTO COUNTRY AND WESTERN MUSIC.

BORN: FEBURARY 8, 1908 BRAGGS, OKLAHOMA
DIED: MAY 27, 1971
INDUCTED: 1992


JOSEPH KEKUKU

CONSIDERED BY HISTORIANS AS THE INVENTOR OF THE HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR. EXPERIMENTED WITH THE DESIGN OF THE COMPONENTS NEEDED TO GIVE BIRTH TO THE "STEEL GUITAR" THAT ARE STILL USED TODAY.

BORN: 1874 LA'IE, HAWAII
DIED: JAN. 16, 1932
INDUCTED: 1993


BUDDY CHARLETON

RECORDING ARTIST AND STYLIST IN COUNTRY JAZZ, TOURED FROM 1961 TO 1973 WITH THE TEXAS TROUBADOR BAND, "RETIRED" AFTER TWO DECADES OF CLUB AND SESSION WORK TO SHARE HIS MASTERY BY TEACHING-FOR HIM, HIS GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR US, HIS LEGACY.

BORN: March 6, 1938 NEW MARKET, VIRGINIA
INDUCTED: 1993


DOUG JERNIGAN

CONCERT, SESSION AND MAJOR RECORDING ARTIST, HE HAS SHARED HIS KNOWLEDGE AND ADVANCED THE STEEL AND DOBRO INTO COUNTRY JAZZ. HE ACHIEVED SINGLE STRING DELIVERY BEYOND MERE RIFFS, BUT FOR COMPLETE TUNES, WITH FLOWING, SCORCHING SPEED.

BORN: January 5, 1946 PENSACOLA, FLORIDA
INCUCTED: 1994


FREDDIE TAVARES

EXTENSIVE BACKGROUND IN HAWAIIAN MUSIC: MOVIE SOUND TRACKS; RECORDINGS; RADIO; TV. A CONSUMMATE MUSICIAN. ADVANCED THE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY OF PEDAL STEEL GUITAR DURING HIS TENURE WITH THE FENDER CO. - 1953-1980.

BORN: FEBRUARY 18, 1913 PAIA, MAUI, HAWAII
DIED: JULY 24, 1990: ANAHEIM, CA
INDUCTED: 1995


BOBBY GARRETT

WITH JIM REEVES, HANK THOMPSON AND MANY OTHERS, GARRETT ADVANCED THE STEEL GUITAR THROUGH RECORDING AND TOURING SINCE 1949. WHEN HE COMPOSED AND RECORDED THE CLASSIC "ROSE CITY CHIMES" IN 1958. HE HAD BEGUN PERFECTING THE TECHNIQUE THAT WOULD LEAD TO HIS TITLE OF "THE KING OF THUMB STYLE".

BORN: MARCH 22, 1935 DALLAS, TEXAS
DIED: APRIL 24, 1999, TYLER, TX
INDUCTED: 1995


BILLY ROBINSON

THE YOUNGEST MEMBER OF THE GRAND OLE OPRY IN 1948. HE ENHANCED THE HIT RECORDINGS OF RED FOLEY, GEORGE MORGAN, WEBB PIERCE, CARL SMITH AND MANY OTHERS ON RADIO, RECORDS AND TOURS. HE ADVANCED THE INSTRUMENT AND HONORED OTHERS WITH HIS TALENT FOR DUPLICATING STEEL STYLES. HIS SKILL PROVIDED VOCALISTS WITH SHREWD AND ARTFUL ACCOMPANIMENT, A STEEL GUITAR PIONEER

BORN: AUGUST 6, 1931 NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
INDUCTED: 1996


JOHN HUGHEY

A TOURING, RECORDING, AND PERFORMING ARTIST FOR OVER FOUR DECADES. HIS PURE SOUND STRENGTHENED THE SUCCESS OF RECORDINGS BY CONWAY TWITTY, VINCE GILL AND MANY OTHERS. THE UNDISPUTED MASTER OF BAR SHIVER AND PRECISE UPPER-REGISTRY INTONATION. HE CREATED MUSICAL EMOTION AND DREW ATTENTION TO THE INSTRUMENT THROUGH HIS FLAWLESS DELIVERY. FLAVORED WITH HAUNTING ELOQUENCE.

BORN: DECEMBER 27, 1933 ELAINE, ARKANSAS
INDUCTED: 1996


WELDON MYRICK

THIS RADIO, TELEVISION AND SESSION MUSICIAN BECAME A MEMBER OF THE GRAND OLE OPRY STAFF BAND IN 1966, IN THE FOLLOWING DECADES, HE PERFORMED AND RECORDED WITH HUNDREDS OF MAJOR ARTISTS. WELDON'S PLAYING EXCELLENCE CONTRIBUTED TO OVER 2 DOZEN GOLD RECORDS AND ALBUMS THAT SOLD IN THE MILLIONS. THIS PIONEER ADVANCED THE STEEL BY THE SKILL AND SENSITIVITY OF HIS ARTFUL DELIVERY.

BORN: APRIL 10, 1938 JAYTON, TEXAS
INDUCTED: 1997

JOHNNY SIBERT

THIS SESSION AND ROAD PLAYER WAS THE INFLUENCIAL STYLIST AND CORE MEMBER OF CARL SMITH'S "TUNESMITHS" BAND FOR 2 DECADES, BUT RECORDED WITH MANY OTHER ARTISTS INCLUDING LEFTY FRIZZELL, LITTLE JIMMIE DICKINS, GENE AUTRY, JOHNNY BOND AND THE EVERLY BROTHERS. A TRUE STEEL PIONEER OF RADIO, TELEVISION AND RECORDING DURING THE '50S AND '60S.

BORN: NOVEMBER 24, 1933 INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
INDUCTED: 1998


BARNEY ALVIN KALANIKAU ISAACS, JR.

THIS HAWAIIAN WAS THE ISLAND'S PREMIER PLAYER DURING 6 DECADES PERFORMING REGULARLY AT ALL THE ISLAND'S MAJOR HOTELS. HE TOURED THE MAINLAND, CANADA AND JAPAN. AND WAS THE FEATURED INSTRUMENTALIST ON HUNDREDS OF RECORD SIDES AND NUMEROUS ALBUMS AND FOR 25 YEARS, HE WAS THE STEEL GUITARIST OF THE “HAWAIIAN CALLS” RADIO

BORN: JULY 18, 1926 HONOLULU, HAWAII
DIED: FEBRUARY 12, 1996 HONOLULU, HAWAII
INDUCTED: 1999


JEFF NEWMAN

A SKILLFUL PLAYER BY AGE 20 AND TEACHER BY AGE 26. HE PRODUCED HIS FIRST ALBUM COURSE IN 1969. THIS FIRST TOURING PEDAL STEEL TEACHER (1971) ALSO ESTABLISHED THE FIRST RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL IN 1976. HIS TABLATURE SYSTEM AND VOLUMES OF STUDY COURSES HAVE BECOME INSTRUCTIONAL STANDARDS FOR 3 DECADES. HIS EDUCATED APPROACH AND HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR HIS STUDENTS HAVE MADE HIM… “STEELS FOREMOST INSTRUCTOR”

BORN: JANUARY 7, 1942 ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS
INDUCTED: 1999


JIMMIE CRAWFORD

RECORDING ARTIST, TOURING SIDEMAN, PRODUCER, INSTRUCTOR, AND INVENTOR OF “MU-SYM TAB.” HE COMPOSED INSTRUMENTALS FOR DOUG JERNIGAN, LLOYD GREEN AND CHET ATKINS. HE CREATED THE “CRAWFORD CLUSTER” KNEE LEVER CONCEPT, AND WITH JOHN HUGHEY, PRODUCED JCH PEDAL STEEL GUITARS. A PLAYER WHO ADVANCED THE INSTRUMENT DURING FIVE DECADES., SHARING HIS KNOWLEDGE WITH ALL.

BORN: SEPTEMBER 17, 1935 OBETZ, OHIO
INDUCTED: 2000


PAUL FRANKLIN

WITH INNOVATED ARTISTRY, HE ADVANCED THE STEEL GUITAR FOR 3 DECADES. IDENTIFIABLY UNIQUE, HIS INNOVATIVE PICK BLOCKING AND PRECISE EXECUTION EFFECTIVELY STYLED A MUSICAL GENRE. RECORDING WITH NEARLY EVERY MAJOR COUNTRY VOCALIST HIS CREATIVE MASTERY ELEVATED MANY OF THEIR TUNES TO HIT STATUS. “STEEL’S PREEMINENT SESSION ARTIST.”

BORN: MAY 31, 1954 DETROIT, MICHIGAN
INDUCTED: 2000