The Day The Fuzz Died

In terms of my musical tastes, the fuzz sound has been a key factor in determining what I like — Hendrix, The White Stripes, Fuzz, Rolling Stones, Sleep, The Black Keys, and many, many others. On the 25th of May, the New York Times reported that Glenn Snoddy, the father or the Fuzz pedal, passed at age 96.

Snoddy oversaw sessions for Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, and Hank Williams. Snoddy engineered Williams’ last recording session in 1952. The invention of the fuzz pedal happened during the session for Marty Robbins 1961 single “Don’t Worry” when there was a malfunction in the console. From there it was decided to leave the sound from Grady Martin’s electric bass intact. The Nashville sound was born and it was Snoddy who was able to replicate its tone in a pedal. Here’s Snoddy explaining the “incident” in his own words.

Snoddy was a true innovator for all music. May he rest in peace.

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