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Sept. 1: The pedal steel guitar provides one of the most distinctive sounds in all of music. Its position of prominence in country can be traced to this song, a No. 1 single for Webb Pierce in 1954. Bud Isaacs, who played steel for Red Foley, was hired for the “Slowly” session, and his pitch-altering pedal set most steel guitarists to tinkering. (Learn more about the pedal steel here.) Pierce was the top country star of the 1950s — this song is one reason why.

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