Peanutt Montgomery


Oral History Information

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Songwriter, Studio Musician

Peanutt Montgomery grew up in Texas and took to playing the guitar at an early age. He formed a band that played for troops at military bases in the area and formed a trio with future actor Michael Landon. Peanutt was a member of the Grand Ole Opry house band for three years and had a long and successful career as a studio musician. He played on some of Rick Hall’s early recordings at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, including Arthur Alexander’s big hit “You Better Move On.” In the studio, Peanutt often switched to playing the bass. His slap bass can be heard on Mac Davis’ “Hooked On Music” recorded in 1980. As a songwriter, he worked for a few publishers before forming Mister Magic Music Publishing Company in Sheffield, Alabama, with his wife Charlene. Peanutt wrote an amazing 73 songs recorded by George Jones including "We're Gonna Hold On," a duet he performed with Tammy Wynette.