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"Sneaky" Pete Kleinow (b. August 20, 1934 in South Bend, Indiana) is an American country-rock musician, songwriter, and a motion picture special effects artist.
Before his musical career, Kleinow originally worked as a special effects artist and stop motion animator for movies and television, including the Gumby, and Outer Limits TV series, as well as classic cult movies such as 7 Faces of Dr. Lao and The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm. 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. After leaving the Byrds in 1968, Parsons and Hillman invited Kleinow to join their new band, the Flying Burrito Brothers. Subsequently, Kleinow left behind his career in visual effects and spent the next thirteen years as a professional musician.
As one of the first pedal steel players to work in a rock context, incorporating liberal use of electronic innovations like the fuzzbox and backwards recording techniques. As such, Kleinow's style of playing was immediately influential upon second-generation players such as Jerry Garcia and Buddy Cage of the New Riders of the Purple Sage and sessionman Al Perkins.
Since 1981, he once again focused on creating 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.