Roy Ayres

Roy Ayres (December 10, 1929 – June 9, 2012) was an American pedal steel guitar player.

A Grand Ole Opry musician known for full chords and smooth tone, Ayres played steel guitar on all of Pee Wee King’s major hits, including “The Tennessee Waltz”. He recorded with scores of King Records artists and played steel guitar in the Durango Kid western series. He was also a member of the 1950s band Boyd Bennett and his Rockets.

He was inducted into the Pioneers of Western Swing Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Western Swing Music Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2007, he was the 57th inductee into the International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.

Ayres was born in 1929, in Columbus, Mississippi. He has a master's degree in physics and was Director of String Instrument Development at Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.

He later resided in Riverview, Florida, with his wife, Laurie. He died on June 9, 2012 at the age of 82.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 10, 1929 (Columbus), Died June 9, 2012 (Riverview)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1947 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: steel guitar

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 38 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor E0VB-3310 10" 1/16/1950 Blame it all on Nashville Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Gene Stewart Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-3311 10-in. 1/16/1950 The kissing dance Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Gene Stewart Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-3312 10-in. 1/16/1950 Rag mop Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-3747 10-in. 8/7/1950 We're gonna go fishin' (next Saturday night) Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Gene Stewart Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-3748 10-in. 8/7/1950 Cincinnatti dancing pig Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Redd Stewart Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-3749 10-in. 8/7/1950 River road two step Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Redd Stewart Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-3750 10-in. 8/7/1950 Mop rag boogie Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Gene Stewart Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-4198 10-in. 4/16/1950 What, where and when Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King Vocal trio, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-4199 10-in. 4/16/1950 Birmingham bounce Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-5822 10-in. 10/21/1950 No one but you Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Gene Stewart ; Redd Stewart Male vocal duet, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-5823 10-in. 10/21/1950 Within my heart (la golondrina) Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Redd Stewart Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-5824 10-in. 10/21/1950 Helegged hilegged Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Redd Stewart Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-321 10-in. 1/18/1949 Waltz of the Alamo Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Redd Stewart Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-323 10-in. 1/18/1949 The color song (I lost my love) Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Redd Stewart Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E1VB-0449 10" 3/4/1951 The strange little girl Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Redd Stewart ; The Three Dickens Sisters Male vocal solo, with female vocal trio and string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E1VB-0450 10" 3/4/1951 Chew tobacco rag Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Redd Stewart Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-2301 10-in. 12/5/1947 The ghost and honest Joe Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Gene Stewart Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-2311 10-in. 12/2/1947 Tennessee waltz Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Redd Stewart Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-0322 10-in. 1/18/1949 Whisper waltz Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-0324 10-in. 1/18/1949 Bonaparte's retreat Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Redd Stewart Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-0392 10-in. 3/7/1949 Blue grass waltz Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Gene Stewart Male vocal solo, with string band and accordion instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-0393 10-in. 3/7/1949 Alabama moon Dave Denney ; Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King Male vocal solo, with string band and accordion instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-0394 10-in. 3/7/1949 Tennessee tears Dave Denney ; Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King Male vocal solo, with string band and accordion instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-0395 10-in. 3/7/1949 Get together polka Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Gene Stewart Male vocal solo, with string band and accordion instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-1068 10-in. 6/6/1949 The Nashville waltz Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King ; Redd Stewart Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 38 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ayres, Roy," accessed January 19, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/357367.

Ayres, Roy. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 19, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/357367.

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