b. 8 October 1932, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, d. 29 July 1988. One of the world's leading exponents of the steel guitar, Drake arrived in Nashville in the late '50s and was quickly established as one of the city's leading session musicians. His distinctive, mellow-toned style was heard on many releases, including those by Marty Robbins and Don Gibson. Pete also recorded in his own right and while billed as Pete Drake And His Talking Steel Guitar, he secured a US Top 30 hit with a 1964 single, Forever. However, it was for continued studio work that Drake maintained his popularity, and he crossed over into the wider rock fraternity in the wake of his contributions to three Bob Dylan albums, JOHN WESLEY HARDING, NASHVILLE SKYLINE and SELF PORTRAIT, and to George Harrison's ALL THINGS MUST PASS. The artist also produced Ringo Starr's C&W collection, BEAUCOUPS OF BLUES, and assembled the stellar cast supporting the former Beatles’ drummer. During the '70s Drake appeared on albums by several ‘new’ country acts, including Linda Hargrove, Steve Young and Tracy Nelson, as well as completing sessions for Elvis Presley. This respected musician also inaugurated his own label, Stop Records, and opened Pete's Place, a recording studio. Drake died in July 1988 aged 55.
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