Speedy West was a virtuosic pedal steel guitarist who, in addition to playing solo, often teamed with guitarist Jimmy Bryant. He also performed in Tennessee Ernie Ford’s band and worked frequently as a producer. Between 1950 and 1955, he played on over 6,000 recordings with a total of 177 different artists.
Speedy West was born Wesley Webb West on January 25, 1924 in Springfield, Missouri to parents Finley G. and Sue Arthur West. His father was a linotype operator at a gospel music publishing company who also played guitar and sang gospel. On the suggestion of their neighbors the Clines, West bought his son a Hawaiian guitar so that he could accompany the three Cline boys, who played steel guitar, banjo, and guitar. After Wesley’s... Read More