Sneaky Pete

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Sneaky Pete Kleinow was one of those names that if you looked hard enough, was everywhere.  Maybe that’s why he was so sneaky. 

He got his start as a stop-motion animator and special effects artist.  He worked on Davey and Goliath, Gumby, The Pillsbury Doughboy and and several other projects in the 1960’s.  That was his day job.

At night he would jam on the pedal steel with Chris Hillman and Graham Parsons.  The three of them went on to become The Flying Burrito Brothers.    The played at the death-knell of the Sixties, Altamont

For the next dozen years, Sneaky Pete recorded with the likes of Jackson Browne, Leonard Cohen, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Sly and the Family Stone, Little Feat,  Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, Steve Miller, The Rolling Stones, Linda Ronstadt and Frank Zappa.  To name just a few.

Pete got back into animation and effects work in the Eighties.  You may be familar with his work on films like The Empire Strikes Back,  The Right Stuff, Terminator, Terminator 2, Gremlins and Army of Darkness.  Perhaps you have seen one of those films.

He restarted the Burritos under the name Burrito Deluxe with Garth Hudson of The Band on keyboards.  They played Mercy Lounge a few times.  I always wanted to go hear Sneaky Pete, but figured "There’s always next time." 

There wasn’t.   Sneaky Pete died the other day due to complications of Alzheimer’s.  He was 72. 

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