A man behind many of country music’s golden hits has passed away. Bud Isaacs revolutionized the steel guitar by adding foot and knee pedals. He was also a member of the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame. Isaacs died Sunday in his home state of Arizona at the age of 88.

Bud Isaacs was a pioneer pedal steel guitarist. Born March 26, 1928 as Forrest Isaacs.  He was first to play pedal steel guitar on a major country hit, “Slowly” (recorded by Webb Pierce, 1954). Regular musician on the Grand Ole Opry and the Ozark Jubilee. Worked for numerous artists in recording sessions and on the road. Recorded as a solo performer for RCA, 1954-1960. Later in his career performed with his wife, Geri Mapes, as part of the Golden West Singers. Member, Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.