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Jack Hanson


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San Luis Valley, USA
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 10:37 am    
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For me it had to be "Hums Of The Lovin' Spoonful" in 1966, which featured John Sebastian playing an old Fender on "Nashville Cats." Awesome record that I still listen to often.
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Brian Hollands


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Franklin, North Carolina, USA
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 11:00 am    
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Not sure I can remember the first album on which I heard a pedal steel but the earliest I remember is Gordon Lightfoot's Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald which PeeWee Charles played on.
First album I bought with a steel on it may have been Neil Young's Harvest - Ben Keith on that.
The album that made me want to play pedal steel was Son Volt's first album "Trace". Eric Heywood played on that.
If you want to hear my version of great pedal steel give the Son Volt songs "Creosote" and "Left a Slide" a listen. Creosote is more traditional. Left a Slide is not.
There's a live version of Left a Slide from Austin City Limits on Youtube that really has Heywood's steel out in front and it's awesome.
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Jerry Van Hoose


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Solivita, FL.
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 11:08 am    
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An RCA album of Porter Wagner in the mid 60's with Pete Drake playing steel.
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Ian Rae


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Redditch, England
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 11:10 am    
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Judy Collins - Who Knows Where The Time Goes?
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Fred Treece


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California, USA
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 11:16 am    
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From The Inside (Poco, 1971). My older brothers had their first two albums, so I was already aware of Rusty Young.
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Donny Hinson

 

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Glen Burnie, Md. U.S.A.
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 11:28 am     First record purchased with pedal steel
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I remember it well, it was this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEaUl9M90wg

Interestingly enough, this 1957 cut (featuring Don Warden) was made with the very first Sho~Bud guitar ever built! Cool
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Tim Kowalski


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Illinois, USA
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 11:39 am    
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My first album with steel guitar was "Happy Steel Guitar" on cassette (GRT Records). Although there were no credits regarding the musicians, Bobby Seymour told me personally that he was the steel player. He also added that he was not pleased with the final recordings, so he didn't mind that he didn't receive credit for his performance.
The album that inspired me to take up steel guitar was George Jones "Hits I missed" with Paul Franklin on steel. I was smitten. Paul has such a wonderful touch and keeps it simple and clean. Great album with killer production.
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Brooks Montgomery


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Idaho, USA
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 11:40 am    
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Nashville Skyline, Dylan & Cash 1969
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John De Maille


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Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 11:44 am    
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Sweetheart of the Rodeo by the Byrds!
That did it for me.
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Joachim Kettner


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Germany
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 11:45 am    
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The "Hums Of The Lovin Spoonful" too.
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Jake L

 

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Grapevine, Texas
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 11:57 am    
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John Denver, Rocky Mountain High.I was 5 or 6 when I heard that sound.
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Larry Petree

 

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Bakersfield. Ca. USA
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 12:38 pm     My first record bought featuring pedal steel
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Slowly, by Webb Pierce featuring Bud Isaacs on his Bigsby pedal steel guitar. It pushed pedal steel forward many years, thank God.
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 12:45 pm    
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1973,4. I bought 3,4 LP's in the area of country rock about the same time. Can't remember for sure, but I think it was Last of the Red Hot Burritos LP.
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Dave Mudgett


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Central Pennsylvania
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 1:00 pm    
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In terms of pedal steel, definitely - Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful. Summer in the City of Boston, 1966. Great, great record; still have it and play it.
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john buffington

 

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Owasso OK - USA
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 1:24 pm    
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The First Texas Troubadours instrumental album, in fact I've still got it.
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Rick Schacter

 

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Portland, Or.
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 1:29 pm    
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Edgar Winter - They Only Come Out At Night

Rick Derringer on pedal steel:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hz5PYxEHb6o
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Fred Treece


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California, USA
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 1:42 pm    
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Rick Schacter wrote:
Edgar Winter - They Only Come Out At Night

Rick Derringer on pedal steel:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hz5PYxEHb6o


Never heard this before, and I am just laughing because the Frankenstein band of 1972 sounds like country radio wants to be today. Mr. Derringer’s steel is pretty good on it.
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Tim Heidner

 

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Groves, TX
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 2:54 pm    
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First one I bought was Led Zeppelin 3, not that I even had a clue what a pedal steel was back then. My older brother had earlier bought LZ 1.
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Jeff Garden


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Center Sandwich, New Hampshire, USA
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 3:16 pm    
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The same as Jerry Overstreet - "Last of the Red Hot Burritos"
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jay thompson

 

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east peoria, il USA
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 3:22 pm     Your first record purchased with a pedal steel on it?
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The fall of 1955 I purchased a 78rpm by Bud Issacs. If I remember correctly, the side I was most interested in was Skokian sp?
Regards, Jay Thompson


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Brint Hannay

 

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Maryland, USA
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 3:25 pm    
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I'd say it was Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful for me, too--although at the time, having had no exposure to full-fledged Country music, I thought the chord bends on "Nashville Cats" were done on standard electric with some sort of mechanical device (I had no clue about pedal steel and had never heard of Bigsby Palm Pedals, if they even existed then). The first one that I knew had pedal steel was Earth Music by the Youngbloods.

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Rick Abbott

 

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Indiana, USA
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 4:42 pm    
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Neil Young: Harvest
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Jack Stanton

 

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Somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 5:29 pm    
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Ok, don't laugh, Closing The Gap by Michael Parks, the Then Came Bronson guy. I bought it because James Burton was on it. I belive Cal Hand played the steel. It must have been an old Fender. He made it whine and cry, and I said "what the hell is that thing?"
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Carl Williams


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Oklahoma
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 6:01 pm    
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“The Best of Charley Pride” is the very first album/LP I bought to play on my new console stereo back in ‘72. Two years later I bought my first pedal steel and to this very day, still trying to play this contraption!
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Tony Glassman


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The Great Northwest
Post  Posted 22 Mar 2018 6:17 pm    
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Tracy Nelson Sings Country with Pete Drake.
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