Speedy West

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... Read More

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