Former Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre has 71 candles on his birthday cake to…

Written by on November 17, 2017


Former Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre has 71 candles on his birthday cake today. He was with Jethro Tull from their second album in 1969 to the band’s dissolution in 2014. In the early 1990s he initiated a solo career that now spawned four studio albums plus several guest appearances.

His best-known guitar work includes “Aqualung,” “Cross-Eyed Mary,” and “Locomotive Breath.” Barre’s signature solo on the 1971 Jethro Tull standard “Aqualung” was voted by the readers of Guitar Player magazine as one of the top rock guitar solos of all time. Also, in 2007, this solo was rated one of the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos by Guitar World magazine. Still on Aqualung, Martin earned the 25th best solo ever in the USA and 20th best solo ever in the UK.

Dire Straits’ leader Mark Knopfler, in a 2005 interview, called Barre’s work with Ian Anderson “magical.”

Joe Bonamassa includes Martin Barre as a direct influence, especially in the blues playing of the early albums. Other guitarists like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson also include Martin Barre as their influence.

Rush’s Geddy Lee mentions the “great guitar sounds” of Martin Barre when remembering the album Thick as a Brick.

Do you have a favorite song that Martin did?

Happy Birthday Mr. Barre!!




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