Personalities | Jerry Byrd | War Years | Country

(Steel guitar, 1920–2005)

One of country music’s most influential steel guitar players, Gerald Lester Byrd was born in Lima, Ohio. He started out on the Renfro Valley Barn Dance, where he backed singers such as Red Foley and began experimenting with various innovative tunings and playing techniques. In Nashville in the late 1940s and 1950s, he played on recording sessions with dozens of stars of the day.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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