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Little Roy Wiggins

April 25, 1974 OH198 93 min.


Steel guitarist. Born June 27, 1926. Died August 3, 1999. Real name: Ivan Leroy Wiggins. His steel guitar can be heard providing the signature back-up for Eddy Arnold’s stage shows and recordings during the late 1940s-early 1950s. Recorded instrumentals for several labels, including Dot and Starday. Member, Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.

Interview Summary

1974 April 25
(1 hour, 33 minutes)
Steel guitarist Little Roy Wiggins talks about his career. Discussion includes learning to play the steel guitar and early music influences; a brief account of his work for Paul Howard and Pee Wee King; joining Eddy Arnold in the early 1940s and memories from his work with Eddy; his playing style and work with the performer; changes in the music business; working for George Morgan; and comments on his experiences as a professional steel guitar player.

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