Pete Drake and his talk box was way ahead of the curve - more than a decade before Peter Frampton made the device a big deal. The talk box kicks in around the 45 second mark. BBC One. The Lenny Henry Birthday Show.
Pete Drake, a Nashville-based player of the pedal steel guitar, used a talk box on his 1964 album Forever, in what came to be called his "talking steel guitar". The following year Gallant released three albums with the box, Pete Drake & His Talking Guitar, Talking Steel and Singing Strings, and Talking Steel Guitar. Drake's device consisted of an 8-inch paper cone speaker driver attached to a funnel from which a clear tube brought the sound to the performer's mouth Another prominent use of the talking steel.
I have a real OLD LP record by Pete Drake, which is really great. I was really disappointed with this CD. Songs are OK, but no where good as the 45 year old LP record. I highly recommend this album if you can find it-for both its listening and collectors value. I would also recommend the group's follow-up, when they all moved to the big city in 1999, "This Is What You Get," featuring some of the most solid horn work in popular music anywhere.
Talking Steel and Singing Strings. Pete Drake & His Talking Guitar.
Pete Drake & Little Roy Wiggins. 12 Songs, 28 Minutes. Released: 31 Dec 1961.
Redirected from Peter Drake). Roddis Franklin "Pete" Drake (October 8, 1932 – July 29, 1988) was a Nashville-based American record producer and pedal steel guitar player. One of the most sought-after backup musicians of the 1960s, Drake played on such hits as Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden", Charlie Rich's "Behind Closed Doors"' Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay"' and Tammy Wynette's "Stand by Your Man".