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Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Biography

Among the unsung heroes from the country-rock motion, metal guitarist and songwriter Sneaky Pete Kleinow was created August 20, 1934, in South Flex, IN. Influenced with the music of Jerry Byrd, he used the steel electric guitar at age 17 and, after graduating senior high school, spent over ten years being a street maintenance employee for the Michigan Condition Highway Section. In 1963, Kleinow relocated to LA, where he became a normal performer over the city’s membership circuit; he also discovered function composing jingles and also composed the theme music for the children’s series Gumby. Furthermore, he began employed in Hollywood developing particular effects for movies. In 1965, Kleinow performed on his initial record, support the Ventures on the “Blue Superstar.” While executing in an region golf club, he fulfilled Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman, who contacted Kleinow about becoming a member of the band these were organizing aside from their current enterprise, the folk-rock pioneers the Byrds. Kleinow decided, and following a short tenure like a Byrds sideman he became a member of Parsons and Hillman within the Soaring Burrito Brothers; the band’s 1969 debut, The Gilded Palace of Sin, founded the blueprint for the country-rock genre. Kleinow continued to be using the Burritos through Apr 1971, appearing for the 1970 LP Burrito Deluxe and its own eponymously entitled follow-up. At exactly the same time, he became a sought-after program musician who performed on information by Joe Cocker, Delaney & Bonnie, and Small Feat. After departing the Burritos, he concentrated most of his energies on program work, showing up with John Lennon, Frank Zappa, Stevie Question, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, as well as the Steve Miller Music group. In 1974, Kleinow briefly became a member of the band Chilly Steel; the next year, he authorized on having a reformed Soaring Burrito Brothers for the recording Soaring Once again. After two even more Burritos LPs — 1976’s Airborne and 1978’s Reside in Tokyo — Kleinow lower his first single record, Sneaky Pete, in 1978. Pursuing one last Burritos recording, 1981’s Hearts at risk, he steadily withdrew through the music industry to spotlight creating unique effects; the movies he done included The Empire Attacks Back, THE PROPER Stuff, Gremlins, and both Terminator features. However, he occasionally came back to music, carrying out with diverse performers like Leonard Cohen, Medication, as well as the Golden Palominos. In 1994, he released the single effort The Star as well as the Legacy and led a fresh Burritos lineup on the tour of European countries.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sneaky Pete Kleinow
Died January 6, 2007, Petaluma, California, United States
Profession Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Special Effects Artist
Nationality American
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects
Music Songs Christine's Tune, Six Days on the Road, Hot Burrito #2, Wild Horses, Hot Burrito No.1, Cody, Cody, Dark End of the Street, Older Guys, Colorado, To Love Somebody, Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down, Sin City, White Line Fever, Tried So Hard, Devil In Disguise, Dim Lights, Hot Burrito #1, Sing Me Back Home, High Fashion Queen, Your Angel Steps Out of Heaven, Do Right Woman, To Ramona, Thousand Dollar Wedding, My Uncle, Juanita, Do You Know How It Feels, Break My Mind, She Once Lived Here, God's Own Singer, Bon Soir Blues, Dixie Breakdown, Four Days of Rain
Albums The Gilded Palace of Sin, Burrito Deluxe, The Flying Burrito Bros, Last of the Red Hot Burritos, Airborne, Hearts on the Line, Sunset Sundown, Hot Burritos! The Flying Burrito Brothers Anthology 1969–1972, Gram Parsons Archives Vol.1: Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969, Farther Along: The Best of the Flying Burrito Brothers, Sneakaholics Anonymous, Everything Wrong At the Right Time, The Demented Album
Nominations Academy of Country Music Award for Steel Guitar Player of the Year


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1 Children: daughters Anita, Tammy; sons Martin, Aaron, Cosmo.
2 Did stop-motion animation for the Pillsbury Doughboy.
3 Original member of The Flying Burrito Brothers.
4 Highly talented pedal steel guitarist, Kleinow has recorded with the likes of Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, Linda Ronstadt, the Steve Miller Band and Frank Zappa.


Animation Department

Animation Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gumby: The Movie 1995 animator - as Peter Kleinow
The Puppetoon Movie 1987 animator: new prologue animation - as Peter Kleinow
ABC Weekend Specials 1986 TV Series animator - 1 episode
Land of the Lost 1974-1976 TV Series animator - 29 episodes
Davey and Goliath TV Series animator - 50 episodes, 1960 - 1972 chief animator - 5 episodes, 1965 - 1971
The Gumby Show 1966-1968 TV Series animator - 6 episodes

Visual Effects

Visual Effects

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Holes 2003 3D animation
Starship Troopers 1997 stop motion animator: Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc. - as Peter Kleinow
Primal Rage 1994 Video Game stop-motion animator
Nemesis 1992 go-motion animation - as Peter Kleinow
Army of Darkness 1992 stop motion supervisor - as Peter Kleinow
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 go animation: Fantasy II Film Effects - as Peter Kleinow
RoboCop 2 1990 stop-motion technician: robot monster crew - as Peter Kleinow
The Return of the Living Dead 1985 visual effects supervisor - as Peter Kleinow
The Terminator 1984 terminator stop motion: Fantasy II Film Effects - as Peter Kleinow
The Right Stuff 1983 modelmaker: USFX - as Peter Kleinow
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone 1983 special visual effects supervisor: Fantasy II Film Effects - as Peter Kleinow
The Winds of War 1983 TV Mini-Series visual effects - 3 episodes
Caveman 1981 visual effects crew
Cosmos 1980 TV Mini-Series documentary visual effects - 12 episodes
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980 stop motion animator - uncredited
Meteor 1979 visual effects - uncredited
Avalanche 1978 visual effects - uncredited
Man from Atlantis 1977-1978 TV Series photographic effects - 17 episodes
Black Sunday 1977 visual effects - uncredited
The Power 1968 stop-motion animator - uncredited
7 Faces of Dr. Lao 1964 stop-motion animator - uncredited
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 1962 stop-motion animator - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Davey and Goliath 1972 TV Series 4 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gumby: The Movie 1995 lyrics: "He Was Once" / music: "He Was Once"

Special Effects

Special Effects

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gremlins 1984 creature crew

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Puppetoon Movie 1987 script consultant - as Peter Kleinow

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Festival Express 2003 Documentary Himself - The Flying Burrito Brothers (as Sneaky Pete Kleinow)
Gimme Shelter 1970 Documentary Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement - Special Visual Effects The Winds of War (1983) · Gene Warren Jr. (special visual effects)
· Leslie Huntley (special visual effects)
· Jackson De Govia (production designer)
· Michael Minor (art director)


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