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Obit: Ralph Mooney--pedal steel player

open mike 21 Mar 11 - 12:23 PM
pdq 21 Mar 11 - 12:59 PM
open mike 21 Mar 11 - 01:02 PM
GUEST,bankley 22 Mar 11 - 08:56 AM
GUEST,tracy Schwarz and Ginny Hawker 22 Mar 11 - 04:39 PM
pdq 22 Mar 11 - 05:21 PM
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Subject: Obit: Ralph Mooney--pedal steel player
From: open mike
Date: 21 Mar 11 - 12:23 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64-fltE47Jw


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Mooney--pedal steel player
From: pdq
Date: 21 Mar 11 - 12:59 PM

Here is a good biography...

                                           Ralph Mooney

Like so many of the other California musicians who changed music forever, he was born elsewhere.

Oklahoma, in this case. His family came west in the Depression.

Mooney helped form the Bakersfield Sound, a movement sometimes credited to Wynn Stewart, sometines to others.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Mooney--pedal steel player
From: open mike
Date: 21 Mar 11 - 01:02 PM

http://www.bendbulletin.com/article/20110321/NEWS0107/103210343/


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Mooney--pedal steel player
From: GUEST,bankley
Date: 22 Mar 11 - 08:56 AM

He did a stint with Waylon, where he said he was playing rhythm steel

RIP Ralph


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Mooney--pedal steel player
From: GUEST,tracy Schwarz and Ginny Hawker
Date: 22 Mar 11 - 04:39 PM

Was it Ralph Mooney who played steel on the first Buck Owens recording of "Together Again"? It's classic - dripping with Bakersfield soul - could be it's what insured the hit status of that song. The story I heard says the steel was an older model with only 2 pedals - used in a pinch when they discovered they thought they'd done all the session's songs and found "Together Again" had been overlooked. Out in a hallway or in a corner somewhere lay the older and easier to reconstruct model so they threw it together and made a slam dunk!

Sorry to hear another great musician is gone.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Mooney--pedal steel player
From: pdq
Date: 22 Mar 11 - 05:21 PM

I don't claim to be an expert on the Bakersfield Sound, but the pedal steel man on "Together Again" was Tom Brumley, brother of Albert Brumley, Jr., both sons of gospel composer Albert A. Brumley. He replaced J. D. Maness in the Desert Rose Band's last record, giving it a great deal more drive than their earlier work.


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