Friday, 25 September 2015 11:12

From a Small Shop In Overland, Missouri

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It is with great sadness that I let the world know that Hall of Fame Member and the “Ambassador of the Steel Guitar” DeWitt “Scotty” Scott, Sr. passed away at age 83 on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. Mr. Dewitt is one the greatest musicians - steel guitar - to ever grace the St. Louis music scene and if the day ever comes that they close the book on the history of St. Louis music, under title of Who Did It All would be Dewitt "Scotty" Scott.

Born in Amarillo, Texas, on  April 10, 1932, Scott gew up in Yukon, OK. where he learned to master the playing of a steel guitar.  He played Western Swing and country music in the local night clubs, radio and TV in Oklahoma City, Okla. He also performed on Grand Ole Opry shows at the Municipal Auditorium.

He moved to St. Louis, Mo. in 1951 where he played TV shows and local night clubs. In 1966 Scotty started Scotty's Music in the basement of his home in Overland, Mo.Ten years later Scotty's Music is known world wide and took over all three floors of the building. In more resent years, Scotty's grew to have customers in every state in the union and 45 countries world wide. From his business he started his own record label - Mid-Land Records - which released 45 instrumental steel guitar recordings making it the biggest steel guitar label in the world. 
 
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 In 1968 Scotty had his first Steel Guitar Show. This show was held at the St. Louis Parkway Motel and the first performer was Maurice Anderson with about 75 people in attendance. In 1977 the name was changed to the International Steel Guitar Convention by this time nine foreign countries were represented. They were going for three days with 65 Steel players and 25 distributors. By the year 1995 the convention was held at the downtown St. Louis Regal Riverfront Hotel Going for 5 days and with around 100 players to perform, over 6000 people in attendance, and over 65 distributors!I I personall attended this shindig 2 years in a row!

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In conjunction with the International Steel Guitar Convention, Scott founded the Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame - based in St. Louis, Mo., of which he himself is an enshrined inductee. He is the author of 25 instructional books on how to play the steel guitar; the Editor of nine other instructional steel guitar books by other players.

 Of his own recordings, Scott has released a numer of singles and LPs throught the past four decades. Scotty has performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra with Miss Hawaii, Cathy Foy at Queeny Park in St. Louis County (Richard Hayman conducting). Scotty has also performed with the Russ David orchestra. He has performed in Concert or in Seminar in Norway, Denmark, Holland, Germany, France, England, Switzerland, Canada, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and Japan.

There will be a viewing/memorial at Ortman Funeral Home, 9222 Lackland Road, Overland, MO 63114 ) this Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 11am to 8pm. 

 
Rest in Peace, Scotty.

 

 

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