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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Manuscripts

Printed Materials

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Chuck Pyle:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1970-2009, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Pyle, Chuck
Title: Chuck Pyle Papers,
Dates: 1970-2009
Abstract: Materials in this collection encompass the career of the singer-songwriter Chuck Pyle.
Collection # CR 0011
Quantity: 2 boxes (2 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Chuck Pyle, singer-songwiter noted for his inspired lyrics and spirituality, was dubbed by a reviewer as “the Zen Cowboy”. His response was to shave his head and re-double his performances at Unity Churches and religious gatherings. He also developed his “Chuck Pyle fingerstyle” of guitar, using the thumb to pluck base while the first three fingers played melody. He taught at The Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and the Swannanoa Gathering.

Born January 28, 1945, he grew up in Newton, Iowa, and first performed at the Iowa Farm Bureau. After moving to Boulder, Colorado in 1965 he was inspired to begin writing songs during a Michael Martin Murphey show. Soon his work, especially the hit “Jaded Lover”, was recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker, followed by John Denver, Chris LeDoux, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Suzy Bogguss and Gary P. Nunn, among others.

Pyle toured nationally and wrote the theme music for the Public Broadcasting Sevice show Spirit of Colorado. He recorded 13 albums before his death November 6, 2015, face down in Palmer Lake while fly fishing near his historic cabin on the Front Range.

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Scope and Content

The Chuck Pyle papers offer notebooks and loose sheets of autographic lyrics of his songs and those of friends and contemporaries. There are also posters, press release materials, promotional photographs and a scattering of newspaper reviews and concert announcements.

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Organization

The Chuck Pyle Papers are organized by the following series:

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law.

Some archival collections may be housed in storage outside of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building. Requests to retrieve such materials may take up to 10 business days to complete. Please contact our Reference Department in advance to arrange retrieval.

Audio, video, and film recordings may not be immediately accessible due to format, condition, or copyright status. All items must be digitized prior to patron use. Please contact the Reference Librarian at least 10 days in advance to make viewing arrangements.

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (People)
Burt, Gordon
Pyle, Chuck
Subjects (Places)
Boulder (Colo.)
Palmer Lake (Colo.)
Colorado--Biography
Subjects
Alternative country music
Composers
Folk music--United States
Guitar music (Country)
Lyricists
Performing arts and literature

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Related Materials:

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library Oral History Collection:

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Chuck Pyle Papers, 1970-2009, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #:
2007-0017-B

Gift, 2007

Processing Information

Processed by: Leah Blackwell, 2015

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Collection Inventory

Manuscripts

box folder
1 1 Correspondence: Unity Church in the Rockies, undated
2 Journals: Notes and lyrics, 1970
3 Journals: Notes and lyrics, 1970-1971
4 Journals: Notes and lyrics, 1971-1973
5 Journals: Notes and lyrics, includes Dutch Album songs, 1971-1973
6 Journals: Notes and lyrics, 1974-1976
7 Journals: Notes and lyrics, 1978-1979
8 Journals: Notes and lyrics, 1979-1980
9 Journals: Notes and lyrics, 1980 (or 1981)
10 Journals: Notes and lyrics, 1980-1981
11 Journals: Notes and lyrics, 1981-1982
12 Journals: Notes and lyrics, 1982 (1980?)
13 Journals: Notes and lyrics, 1983
14 Journals: Notes and lyrics, 1984
15 “Some kid songs written for Christmas presents for Carol’s kids”, 1980-1990
16 Journals: Notes, lyrics, and letters, 1991-1992
17 Journals: Notes and lyrics, 1991-1993
18 Journals: Notes and lyrics, 1992-1993
19 “Journaling through mercury caused anger and losing in love”, 1994-1995
20 Journals: Notes and lyrics, number 1, 1998-1999
21 Journals: Notes and lyrics, number 2, 1998-1999
22 Journals: Notes and lyrics, 1998-2001
23 Journals: Notes and lyrics, 1999-2001
24 Journals: Notes and lyrics, 2004-2005
25 Journals: Notes and lyrics, undated
26 Newspaper Clippings, 2008-2009
27 Press releases and photos, 2003-2007 and undated
28 Newspaper Clippings: Rapid City Journal, undated

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Printed Materials

box item
2 1 Poster: 12th Annual Kerrville Folk Festival, May 26-30[, 1983]
2 Poster: Colorado Songs and Pictures, a Unique Holiday Event (copy 1 of 2), December 12, 2007
3 Poster: Colorado Songs and Pictures, a Unique Holiday Event (copy 2 of 2), December 12, 2007
4 Poster: The Wild Burrow Presents Chuck Pyle, November 29, undated
5 Poster: Mayville Guitar Show and Stringed Instrument Festival, Workshops and Sat. eve concert with acclaimed artist Chuck Pyle, October 13 and 14, 2007
6 Poster: Chuck Pyle “The Zen Cowboy” Sunday September 30th at Unity Church, undated
7 Poster: “Come Ride Along,” Chuck Pyle (copy 1 of 2), undated
8 Poster: “Come Ride Along,” Chuck Pyle (copy 2 of 2), undated
9 Poster: Western Wyoming Community College’s Cultural Affairs committee and Sagebrush Folk, Sunday, January 6, undated
10 Poster: “Leftovers* with Chuck Pyle,” Unity Church in the Rockies, Colorado Springs, Co. November 23rd (copy 1 of 2), undated
11 Poster: “Leftovers* with Chuck Pyle,” Unity Church in the Rockies, Colorado Springs, Co. November 23rd (copy 2 of 2), undated
12 Poster: The Cypress Mafia presents: Chuck Pyle with Blake Thompson, The Howard Deck and Amphitheatre, Friday, April 3, 2009
13 Poster: The 8th Annual Lake City Wine and Music Festival, September 20, 2008
14 Poster: 6th Colorado Cowboy Classic, June 7, 2009

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