Speedy West

Speedy West
Birth nameWesley Webb West
Born(1924-01-25)January 25, 1924
OriginSpringfield, Missouri, United States
DiedNovember 15, 2003(2003-11-15) (aged 79)
GenresCountry music
Occupation(s)Record producer, guitarist
InstrumentsPedal steel guitar
Associated actsJimmy Bryant

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[1]


  1. ^ Traditional, Country and Electric Slide Guitar by Arlen Roth. Published by Oak Publications (1975) (US ISBN 0-8256-0162-2) (UK ISBN 0-7119-0233-X) p101 - Image of Speedy West credited to Herb Wise.

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