Pete Pyle

(guitar - 1941-1942, 1953)

Born: 4/18/1920    Died: 3/11/1995

As a Blue Grass Boy: Pete Pyle replaced Clyde Moody as singer/guitarist in 1941. He appears on the second Blue Grass Boys recording session for Victor, but was not allowed to sing due to his own recording contract with Victor as a solo performer. He left to enter the Army in 1942. He rejoined for a brief stint in late 1953. Several of his songs, such as "True Life Blues" and "Highway of Sorrow", have become bluegrass standards after being recorded by Monroe.

Recording Sessions: 10/2/1941

Before and After: Pyle was a solo performer on the Grand Ole Opry before joining Bill Monroe's band. On his release from the Army, he returned to the Opry, first playing with the Golden West Cowboys and later forming his own group, the Mississippi Valley Boys. He later worked for a time as leader of the house band at Monroe's Brown County Jamboree in Bean Blossom.