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For the album by Ghost, see Slowly (album).

Slowly is a 1954 song by Webb Pierce, written by Pierce and Nashville songwriter Tommy Hill (brother of singer Goldie Hill). The song was one of Pierce's more successful singles, spending seventeen weeks at the top of the Country and Western Best Sellers lists and a total of thirty-six weeks in the chart.[1]

Beyond its success as a song, "Slowly" was hugely influential in the history of country music, in that it was among the first (and certainly the most successful to date) songs to feature a pedal steel guitar. The song's iconic intro, played by Bud Isaacs, was said to have sent legions of lap steel guitar players scurrying to their closets for wire coat hangers, with which they attempted to modify their existing instruments to get the pitch shifting effect achieved by Isaacs.

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  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 267. 
  2. ^ Mazor, Barry. (January 29, 2014) "Sister Act." The Wall Street Journal.
Preceded by
"There Stands the Glass" by Webb Pierce
Country & Western Best Sellers in Stores
number one single by Webb Pierce

February 20, 1954
Succeeded by
"I Don't Hurt Anymore" by Hank Snow