Speedy West

Wesley Webb West (January 25, 1924 – November 15, 2003), better known as Speedy West, was an American pedal steel guitarist and record producer. He frequently played with Jimmy Bryant, both in their own duo and as part of the regular Capitol Records backing band for Tennessee Ernie Ford and many others. The duo also recorded with non-Capitol artists in Los Angeles. In 1960, Speedy played on and produced Loretta Lynn's first single. West, who began playing a pedal steel guitar built by Paul A. Bigsby in 1948, was the first country steel guitarist to use a pedal guitar. Nashville players like Bud Isaacs would adopt it in the early 1950s.

He was photographed by Herb Wise, the American photographer who found critical success with his portraits of artists from the 1960s and 1970s

Birth and Death Data: Born January 25, 1924 (Springfield), Died November 15, 2003 (Oklahoma)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1951 - 1956

Roles Represented in DAHR: steel guitar

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor E1VB-0659 10" 6/29/1951 The lamp of faith Frank Worth Orchestra ; Roy Rogers ; Roy Rogers Riders ; Frank Worth Male vocal solo, with male vocal ensemble and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E1VB-0661 10" 6/29/1951 Good luck, good health, God bless you Frank Worth Orchestra ; Roy Rogers ; Roy Rogers Riders ; Frank Worth Male vocal solo, with male vocal ensemble and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca L 9127 4/5/1956 Southern fried chicken Hank Penny instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca L 9128 4/5/1956 I'd rather pick a guitar Hank Penny instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca L 9129 4/5/1956 Rock of Gibraltar Hank Penny instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca L 9130 4/5/1956 Wham! Bam! Thank you Ma'am Hank Penny instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca L 9174 4/19/1956 Texas never would-a made it (without Ol' Tennessee) Hank Penny instrumentalist, steel guitar  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "West, Speedy," accessed January 28, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/350516.

West, Speedy. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 28, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/350516.

"West, Speedy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 28 January 2022.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/350516

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