Speedy West

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Speedy West
Birth name Wesley Webb West
Born (1924-01-25)January 25, 1924
Origin Springfield, Missouri, United States
Died November 15, 2003(2003-11-15) (aged 79)
Genres Country music
Occupation(s) Record producer, guitarist
Instruments Pedal steel guitar
Labels Capitol
Associated acts Jimmy 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. He also played on Loretta Lynn's first single.

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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