Pete Drake

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Roddis Franklin Drake, 8 October 1932, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, d. 29 July 1988, Brentwood, Tennessee, USA. One of the world’s leading exponents of the steel guitar, Drake arrived in Nashville in the late 50s and was quickly established as one of the city’s leading session musicians. His distinctive, mellow-toned style was heard on many releases, including those by Marty Robbins and Don Gibson. Drake also recorded in his own right and while billed as Pete Drake And His Talking Steel Guitar, he secured a US Top 30 hit in 1964 with ‘Forever’. However, it was for continued studio work that Drake maintained his popularity, and he crossed over into the wider rock fraternity in the wake of his contributions to three Bob Dylan albums, John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline and Self Portrait, and to George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass. The artist also produced Ringo Starr’s C&W collection Beaucoups Of Blues, and assembled the stellar cast...

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