Peter E. "Sneaky Pete" Kleinow (b. August 20, 1934, South Bend, Indiana - d. Events 636 - Battle of Yarmouk: Arab forces led by Khalid ibn al-Walid take control of Syria and Palestine Year 1934 ( MCMXXXIV) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. South Bend is a city on the St Joseph river and a twin city of Mishawaka Indiana. January 6, 2007, Petaluma, California) was an American country-rock musician, songwriter, and a motion picture special effects artist. Events 1066 - Harold Godwinson is crowned King of England. 1205 - Philip of Swabia becomes King Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Petaluma is a city in Sonoma County, California, in the United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the For the geological term see Country rock (geology. Country rock is a Musical Genre formed from the fusion of rock The illusions used in the Film, Television, Theater, or Entertainment industries to simulate the imagined events in a story are traditionally called
Before his musical career, Kleinow originally worked as a special effects artist and stop motion animator for movies and television, including the Gumby, Outer Limits, and Davey and Goliath series, as well as classic cult movies such as 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (starring Tony Randall and Barbara Eden) and The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm. The illusions used in the Film, Television, Theater, or Entertainment industries to simulate the imagined events in a story are traditionally called Stop motion (or frame-by-frame) animation is an Animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own Television ( TV) is a widely used Telecommunication medium for sending ( Broadcasting) and receiving moving Images, either monochromatic Gumby is a dark green Clay humanoid figure who was the subject of a 233-episode series of American Television which spanned over a 35-year period For the album by Progressive Metal band Voivod see The Outer Limits (album. Davey and Goliath was the title of a 1960s Stop-motion animated television series 7 Faces of Dr Lao is a 1963 film adaptation of the 1935 fantasy novel The Circus of Dr Tony Randall ( February 26, 1920 &ndash May 17, 2004) was an American comic and Actor. Barbara Eden (born Barbara Jean Morehead on August 23, 1934) is an American film and television actress and Singer who is best The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962 is a Cinerama film directed by Henry Levin, who had a long career directing movies such as Journey
At night, Kleinow would frequently sit in with Bakersfield Sound-oriented combos and early country-rock aggregations playing the pedal steel guitar; through this scene he became acquainted with Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons of The Byrds, helping the group to replicate their newly country oriented sound onstage with banjoist Doug Dillard. The Bakersfield sound was a genre of Country music developed in the mid- to late 1950s in and around Bakersfield, California. The pedal steel guitar is a type of Electric guitar that uses a metal slide to stop the strings rather than fingers on strings as with a conventional guitar Chris Hillman (born Christopher Hillman December 4 1944, Los Angeles, California) was one of the original members of The Byrds Gram Parsons ( November 5, 1946  – September 19, 1973) was an American Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist The Byrds were a popular American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964 Dillard's is also a Department store chain in the United States.
After leaving the Byrds, in 1968, Parsons and Hillman invited Kleinow to join their new band, the Flying Burrito Brothers. The Flying Burrito Brothers was an early Country rock band best known for its influential debut album 1969's The Gilded Palace of Sin. Subsequently, Kleinow left behind his career in visual effects and spent the next thirteen years as a professional musician.
One of the first pedal steel players to work in a rock context, Kleinow incorporated liberal use of electronic innovations like the fuzzbox and backwards recording techniques. A fuzzbox (or fuzz box) is a type of Effects pedal comprising an amplifier and a clipping circuit which generates a distorted version of the As such, his style of playing was immediately influential upon second-generation players such as Jerry Garcia, Buddy Cage of the New Riders of the Purple Sage and sessionman Al Perkins. Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1 1942 &ndash August 9 1995 was a Musician, Songwriter, Artist, and Lead guitarist and New Riders of the Purple Sage is an American Country rock band Al Perkins (Born January 18, 1944) is a Texas -born American Guitarist.
Respected as the "Hendrix of the steel guitar," Kleinow was rarely short of session work. James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) (November 27 1942 – September 18 1970 was an American Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter Finding session work to be more lucrative, he left the Flying Burrito Brothers in 1971 and played for an eclectic range of artists, including Joe Cocker (Joe Cocker!, 1969), Delaney, Bonnie and Friends (To Bonnie from Delaney, 1970) and Little Feat (many albums including Sailin' Shoes, 1972). Joe Cocker OBE (born 20 May 1944 is an English rock / Blues Singer who came to popularity in the 1960s and is most known for his gritty Joe Cocker! is a 1969 album by Joe Cocker, his second Track listing "Dear Landlord" ( Bob Dylan) – 323 Delaney & Bonnie and Friends was a rock / Soul revue fronted by husband-and-wife singer/songwriters Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett. To Bonnie from Delaney is a 1970 album by Delaney & Bonnie and Friends Little Feat is an American band formed by Singer-songwriter, Frontman and Guitarist Lowell George and keyboard player Bill Sailin' Shoes was the second studio album by the American rock band Little Feat, released in 1972
He also added steel guitar to records by Frank Zappa (Waka/Jawaka, 1972), the Bee Gees (Life in a Tin Can, 1973), John Lennon (Mind Games, 1973),Linda Ronstadt (Heart Like A Wheel, 1974), and Fleetwood Mac (Heroes Are Hard to Find, 1974). Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21 1940 – December 4 1993 was an American Composer, Electric guitarist Record producer and Film director Waka/Jawaka is an album by Frank Zappa, released in 1972 The album is the jazz -influenced precursor to The Grand Wazoo, and The Bee Gees were a singing trio of brothers — Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. Life in a Tin Can is the Bee Gees ' ninth album released in January 1973 Mind Games is John Lennon 's fourth post- Beatles solo album and was recorded and released in 1973 Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15 1946 in Tucson Arizona) is an American popular vocalist and Entertainer whose vocal styles in a variety Heart Like a Wheel (1974 is Linda Ronstadt 's fifth solo Album release and the last-ever of her studio projects for Capitol Records, arriving a year after Fleetwood Mac are a British / American Heroes Are Hard to Find is an Album by British / American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1974 (see 1974 in
In 1974 Kleinow was part of a new band, Cold Steel, and then a reconstituted Flying Burrito Brothers. His first solo album, Sneaky Pete, was released in 1978 and The Legend and the Legacy followed in 1994.
He returned to special effects and created the dinosaurs for the comic film Caveman (1981), starring Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach. Caveman is a 1981 Slapstick Comedy film financed by George Harrison, written and directed by Carl Gottlieb and starring Ringo Starr, MBE (born Richard Starkey on 7 July 1940 is an English Musician, Singer, Songwriter and Actor Barbara Bach (born August 27, 1947) is an American Actress and model, best-known as the Bond girl from the James Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Kleinow created special effects for movies such as The Empire Strikes Back, Gremlins, The Right Stuff, The Terminator, and Terminator 2, while continuing to work sporadically as a professional musician. Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 Space opera Film directed by Irvin Kershner. Gremlins is a American dark comedy horror Movie directed by Joe Dante and released in 1984 by Warner Bros The Right Stuff ( is a film adaptation of Tom Wolfe 's book The Right Stuff, about the Test pilots who were involved in high-speed The Terminator is a 1984 science fiction / Action film directed and co-written by James Cameron. Terminator 2 Judgment Day, commonly abbreviated as T2, is a 1991 action / Science fiction film directed co-written
In 1983, his work on the television miniseries The Winds of War was recognized with an Emmy Award for Special Visual Effects. The Winds of War was best-selling novellist Herman Wouk 's second book about World War II, the first being The Caine Mutiny (1951
In 2000, Kleinow formed a group called Burrito Deluxe (also the name of a 1970 Flying Burrito Brothers' album) with Garth Hudson, former organist of The Band, Carlton Moody of the Moody Brothers on lead vocals and guitars, bassist Jeff "Stick" Davis of Amazing Rhythm Aces and drummer Rick Lonow. Burrito Deluxe is the second Album by the Country rock group The Flying Burrito Brothers, released in 1970 Eric Garth Hudson (b August 2 1937 in Windsor Ontario) is a Canadian Musician. The Band was a rock group active from 1967 to 1976 and again from 1983 to 1999 The Amazing Rhythm Aces are an American music group. The band has characterized their music as "American Music" &mdash rock country blues folk reggae The group recorded three albums, Georgia Peach,The Whole Enchilada and 2007's Disciples Of The Truth, which feature his last studio recordings. Kleinow's last performance was at a 2005 Gram Parsons' tribute concert in Waycross,Georgia the home town of Gram Parsons.
He died at a convalescent home near the skilled nursing facility in Petaluma, California, where he had been living with Alzheimer's disease since 2006. Petaluma is a city in Sonoma County, California, in the United States. Alzheimer's disease ( AD) also called Alzheimer disease or simply Alzheimer's, is the most common form of Dementia. 
Kleinow was survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.
For albums by the Flying Burrito Brothers see their discography. The Flying Burrito Brothers was an early Country rock band best known for its influential debut album 1969's The Gilded Palace of Sin.
Kleinow appears on numerous rock and country-rock albums, including those by: