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Chad Haden
01-09-2007, 02:30 PM
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pedal steel guitarist "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, who co-founded influential 1960s country-rock group the Flying Burrito Brothers, has died from complications of Alzheimer's disease, associates said on Monday. He was 72.

Kleinow, who died on Saturday, had been living in a nursing facility in Petaluma, Calif., about 40 miles north of San Francisco.

The Flying Burrito Brothers, led by two former members of the Byrds, Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman, formed in 1968 and won a cult following by playing soulful country music with a rock 'n' roll attitude.

Largely ignored at the time, the band would influence such acts as the Rolling Stones and the Eagles. It released two albums before the hard-living Parsons was fired in 1970. Kleinow soon quit for lucrative session work on albums by the likes of John Lennon ("Mind Games"), Fleetwood Mac ("Heroes are Hard to Find") and Joni Mitchell ("Blue").


He later returned to his original calling as a visual effects artist in film and television. Before the Burritos, he had worked on NBC's "The Gumby Show." His later credits included the first two "Terminator" films, and he shared an Emmy for his work on the TV miniseries "The Winds of War."

In 2000, he founded the country-rock group Burrito Deluxe, named after the Flying Burrito Brothers' second album. His last public performance was in October 2005 at a Gram Parsons festival in Georgia.

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mark t
01-09-2007, 02:36 PM
Ah, that blows. RIP.

Chad Haden
01-10-2007, 07:57 PM
No other Burrito fans on the board?

Ian Miller
01-10-2007, 08:06 PM
Well, not exactly, and I'm not exactly a fan of Pete's "fuzz steel" sound (now that guy from The Misunderstood, on the other hand), but he was an innovator, and the one of the directors of our video worked with him at Will Vinton Studios, so I'll just say RIP Sneaky. Alzheimers is a terrible disease, and for a steel player/animator (it takes a special type of geek to be either, let alone BOTH) to suffer from it must have been terrible.

Chad Haden
01-10-2007, 08:09 PM
(now that guy from The Misunderstood, on the other hand


Glenn Ross Campbell? He could play the fuck outta the steel

Ian Miller
01-10-2007, 08:17 PM
Jeezus! You see that clip from SUPERSHOW where Udo Kier's in the audience? It's like Robert Randolh on Mescaline cut with Ajax!

Chad Haden
01-10-2007, 08:27 PM
Jeezus! You see that clip from SUPERSHOW where Udo Kier's in the audience? It's like Robert Randolh on Mescaline cut with Ajax!

:eek: No! But I need to see it!

Graham Smith
01-10-2007, 09:42 PM
Huge Burritos fan, at least of the first record. Saddened to hear this news, the man popped up everywhere in the early 70s.