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Dave Zirbel


From:
Sebastopol, CA USA
Post Posted 28 Mar 2016 8:35 am     Reply with quote

I'm a little late but just found out that my first pedal steel instructor passed away earlier this month. He and his wife Joanne owned a music store in El Cerrito, CA called Music Works, where Pudgy gave lessons. He was very helpful in the early stages of my steel guitar journey. Rest in peace, Pudgy.
http://www.sunsetviewcemetery.com/obituaries/Duane-Wong/

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Joe Goldmark


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San Francisco, CA 94131
Post Posted 28 Mar 2016 12:53 pm     Reply with quote

Great guy, multi-instrumentalist and good friend. Another cancer victim taken at a relatively young age.

We played in bands together and he recorded (on pull-string guitar and banjo) on some of my albums. He had many friends in different walks of life, and will be missed. R.I.P.

Joe
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Jim Simon


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Athol, Idaho, USA
Post Posted 29 Mar 2016 2:00 pm     Reply with quote

Long before I started playing pedal steel I saw Pudgy with Ernest Tubb in Concord. Fun stage presents. Later frequented the store for years. Inspirational kind of personality. Condolences to his family.
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Don McClellan


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Post Posted 30 Mar 2016 5:56 am     Reply with quote

Hi Joe, As soon as I saw that Duane had died I thought of you. I know you guys were close friends. I was never close to Duane but I knew him a little and he was always kind and fair to me in his store. I know he'll be missed. I hope his store will remain open. He was a good PSG player too. Don
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Mike Neer


From:
NJ
Post Posted 30 Mar 2016 6:53 am     Reply with quote

Read his obituary, sounds like an amazing guy is gone. My condolences.
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Paul Hoaglin


Post Posted 25 Apr 2016 2:17 pm     Reply with quote

Been mostly away from the forum recently so I only just now saw this - I'm very sad. Music Works was (and still is, really) my "local" shop from my teen years on, and I used to see Pudgy fairly regularly. Bought a lot of strings and picks and allsorts from him, and he was always very patient with me (which mustn't have been easy!). I wish I'd been able to talk steel with him as well. He will definitely be missed....
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Richard Sinkler


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Oakdale, California
Post Posted 28 Apr 2016 2:00 pm     Reply with quote

I just saw this. RIP Duane
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John McClung


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Olympia WA, USA
Post Posted 27 May 2016 12:04 am     Reply with quote

So sorry to hear this. Duane was one of the Bay Area's top steelers back when Don McClellan and I were just getting started learning how to play this electric cheese slicer. Years later I bought my ukulele from him at a Hawaiian festival in Cerritos, CA. Very nice guy. RIP, Pudgy.
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Andy De Paule


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Post Posted 31 Jul 2016 5:17 pm     Sad news Reply with quote

Met him when I moved back to San Francisco from northern California in 1977.
He was playing if my memory serves right some place in the Richmond district or maybe near Gary Street... I was very new at trying to play steel then and he just blew me away with his incredible fast playing and tasteful fills.
Was very impressed and wish I had seen more of him, but there was not a lot of C&W in San Francisco at that time.
Was soon after that when I met B0b....
Well I hope Duane rests in peace.
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Godfrey Arthur


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Post Posted 13 Mar 2017 11:59 am     Reply with quote

Mentions Duane in the NAMM clip among the many lost last year.

https://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/namm-memoriam-industry-tribute-2017
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Post Posted 13 Mar 2017 3:45 pm     Nice, Thanks.... Reply with quote


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Todd Clinesmith Joaquin Murphy style Aluminum 8 String Lap Steel.
New Mullen SD-10, G2 5&5 All Polished Aluminum including covering.
1960 Wright S-10 Cable PSG
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