Pete Sayers

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b. 6 November 1942, Bath, Somerset, England, d. 11 February 2005, England. Encouraged by his musical parents, Sayers studied violin with Gerard Hoffnung and also sang in the church choir. In his teens,…
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b. 6 November 1942, Bath, Somerset, England, d. 11 February 2005, England. Encouraged by his musical parents, Sayers studied violin with Gerard Hoffnung and also sang in the church choir. In his teens, he formed his own bluegrass band, the Bluegrass Cut-Ups, and was also heard playing with Johnny Duncan on his UK tours. Sayers also appeared on television in the 60s, briefly hosting a regional country music show. In 1966 he went to the USA where he worked in Nashville, Tennessee, into the early 70s, including playing at the Grand Ole Opry as a member of the house band. In 1971 he toured the UK backing George Hamilton IV, then staged Grand Ole Opry (England) shows in Newmarket, and also appeared over the next few years on several television shows. He recorded a number of albums during the 70s, notably teaming up with producer John D. Loudermilk to record 1979’s excellent Bogalusa Gumbo.

For some time, Sayers had an engaging comic partnership with Christopher South, creating characters that often materialized aurally at Sayers’ concerts. His daughter, Goldie Sayers, is a javelin thrower who has represented England internationally. He died in February 2005, following a long battle with cancer.