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|11/17/2003 4:22 PM|
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BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma -- One of the major innovators on the pedal steel guitar in country music has died.
Wesley Webb ``Speedy'' West died Saturday in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
He was 79.
West was born in Springfield, Missouri, and moved to California following the Second World War.
Taking a cue from recording star Alvino Rey, who introduced the pedal-steel guitar to pop audiences, West had a custom instrument that featured three necks and four pedals.
West was the first country-music steel-guitarist to use pedals.
He once claimed to have played on more than six-thousand records for 177 artists during his peak years in the 1950s and '60s -- everyone from country artists to pop stars like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore.
He also recorded several highly-regarded albums under his name in collaboration with electric guitarist Jimmy Bryant.