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Pete Pyle

October 2, 1974 OH149 75 min.


Country performer. Born 1920. Singer, songwriter, and bandleader. Career most active in the Southeast during the 1940s and 1950s. Songwriting credits include “Highway of Sorrow” recorded by bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe. Played the Grand Ole Opry off and on from 1940 into the early 1950s, with his own band and in bands let by Monroe, Pee Wee King, and others.

Interview Summary

1974 October 2
(1 hour, 15 minutes)
Musician Pete Pyle gives an overview of his career. Discussion includes his childhood and early career; working with Bill Monroe; working for Pee Wee King; memories of J. L. Frank; forming the Mississippi Valley Boys; his recording career; his songwriting, including “True Life Blues”; and memories from his years in the music business.

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