2004-02-12 07:36:20 UTC
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) ~
Pioneering steel guitar player Katz Kobayashi, a rock
musician in Japan who later played country-western with
Marty Robbins' band, died Sunday from complications of a
stroke, according to Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel.
He was 60.
Kobayashi taught himself to play pedal steel guitar, a rare
talent in his homeland, and joined several Japanese rock
Kobayashi then went to Seattle where he met Robbins, who
invited him to join his band in Nashville, Tenn. Kobayashi
played with Robbins at the Grand Ole Opry from 1974 until
Robbins' death in 1982.
He later played with Robbins' son, Ronny, as well as Johnny
Russell, Jeannie Pruitt, Whispering Bill Anderson and Alan
In the early 1990s, Kobayashi was a regular at the Carolina
Opry in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He moved to Panama City Beach in