Thursday, December 11, 2008

Pete Drake - Forever

Roddis Franklin "Pete" Drake was born in Augusta, Georgia on Oct. 8, 1932. He died in Nashville, Tenn., on July 29, 1988.

He was a record producer, record company founder and musician whose steel guitar playing was heard on hundreds of hit recordings including such gigantic chart toppers as Lynn Anderson's Rose Garden, Charlie Rich's Behind Closed Doors, Bob Dylan's Lay Lady Lay and Tammy Wynette's Stand By Your Man.

He played his steel guitar on five of Elvis Presley's movie soundtracks. It was estimated that he played on 38 of 48 BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) award-winning recordings in 1966 alone.
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