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13th August 2009, Guitarist Les Paul died in hospital in White Plains, New York at the age of 94 suffering from severe pneumonia. Paul is credited with developing one of the first solid-body electric guitars, which went on sale in 1952 and contributed to the birth of rock. He also developed other influential recording innovations […]

9th August 1995, Jerry Garcia guitarist and singer from The Grateful Dead died from a heart attack at the Serenity Knolls rehabilitation clinic in San Francisco aged 53. Garcia co-founded the New Riders of the Purple Sage and also released several solo albums. He was well known for his distinctive guitar playing and was ranked […]

1st August 1942, Born on this day, American singer-songwriter and guitarist Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead. He was ranked 13th in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” cover story. Garcia also founded a variety of side projects, including the Saunders–Garcia Band, the Jerry Garcia Band, Old and in the Way, the Garcia/Grisman acoustic […]

Legendary Blues guitarist Buddy Guy is celebrating his 82nd birthday today. Buddy is a mainstay of the Chicago blues and has influenced white blues-rock musicians such as, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. During the 1960s Guy was a member of Muddy Waters’ band and was a house guitarist at Chess Records. Guy […]

Happy birthday to Slash, born on 23rd July 1965, 1965, guitarist with Guns N’ Roses who had the 1988 US No.1 and 1989 UK No.6 single Sweet Child o’ Mine and the 1991 US and UK No.1 album Use Your Illusion II. Their 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction has sold approximately 30 million copies […]

Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana has 71 candles on his birthday cake today. Carlos has been one of those people who was in the right place at the right time. After several years spent working as a dishwasher at a diner in San Francisco and busking for spare change, Santana decided to become a full-time musician. […]

1st July 1915, Born on this day, Willie Dixon, blues singer, guitarist, ‘the poet laureate of the blues’. Credited with writing more than 500 songs by the end of his life. Wrote classic songs: ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘I’m Ready’, ‘You Shook Me’, ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’, ‘Little Red Rooster.’ Major influence on The Rolling […]

Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen turns 55 years old today. Steve Huey of Allmusic stated that, “Yngwie Malmsteen is arguably the most technically accomplished hard rock guitarist to emerge during the ’80s.” Malmsteen was born Lars Johann Yngve Lannerbäck in Stockholm, Sweden, the third child of a musically-talented family. Malmsteen has stated that Jimi Hendrix had […]

28th June 2016, Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley’s longtime guitarist died at his home in Nashville, aged 84. Moore had been in poor health in recent months. He formed the Starlite Wrangers with bassist Bill Black and in 1954, Sun Records impresario Sam Phillips paired Moore with a teenaged Elvis Presley. Together, along with Black, they […]

27th June 2015, Chris Squire, the bass guitarist and co-founder of 1970s British progressive rock band Yes, died at the age of 67 after battling leukemia. He was the only member to appear on each of their 21 studio albums, released from 1969 to 2014. Read it here


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