Legendary Nashville studio engineer Glenn Snoddy passed away peacefully in his home on May 21. He was 96.
A fortunate accident led to Glenn's main contribution to the music industry. During a recording session with Marty Robbins, guitarist Grady Martin's usually clear and crisp sound suddenly became distorted. It was discovered that the transformer in the amplifier malfunctioned, causing a fuzzy, muddy sound.
Glenn invented a pedal that could recreate that sound, and the Maestro Fuzz-Tone was born.
The device really impacted rock and roll in the summer of 1965 with the release of this #1 smash.