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3rd March 2012, American rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound aged 64. The guitarist who led the bands Montrose and Gamma had been ill suffering from prostate cancer. Montrose had also worked with Edgar Winter, Van Morrison, Dan Hartman, Sammy Hagar and many other artists. Read it here

2nd March 2008, Canadian guitarist, singer, Jeff Healey, died of cancer. Healey lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes when he was 8 months old, resulting in his eyes being surgically removed. After living cancer-free for 38 years, he developed sarcoma in his legs. Despite surgery for this, the sarcoma spread […]

One of the great guitarist of a generation, Rory Gallagher was born on this day, March 2 in 1947. Rory was lucky that his parents encouraged his interest in music. At age nine, Gallagher received his first guitar, an acoustic from them. He pretty much taught himself to play the guitar and he performed at […]

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is celebrating his 70th birthday today. Tony has played with a number of bands over the years including a brief stint with Jethro Tull, but just about everyone remembers him best as a founding member of, Black Sabbath. Tony is without a doubt one of the most influential guitarists in […]

15th February 1981, American guitarist Mike Bloomfield was found dead in his car in San Francisco from an accidental heroin overdose aged 37. He was a member of the Paul Butterfield band and Electric Flag and had played on Bob Dylan’s album Highway 61 Revisited. Bloomfield’s Telecaster guitar licks were featured on Dylan’s ‘Like a […]

7th February 1959, New Orleans blues guitarist Guitar Slim died of pneumonia aged 32. Born Eddie Jones he is best known for the million-selling song ‘The Things That I Used to Do’. Slim had a major impact on rock and roll and experimented with distorted overtones on the electric guitar a full decade before Jimi […]

6th February 2011, Irish guitarist and singer Gary Moore died aged 58 in his sleep of a heart attack in his hotel room while on holiday in Estepona, Spain. Moore had been a member of Skid Row, Thin Lizzy, and Colosseum II, before going solo, scoring the 1979 UK No.8 single ‘Parisienne Walkways’. Moore’s greatest […]

Happy Birthday to Dave Davies, born on 3rd February 1947, guitarist with The Kinks who scored the 1964 UK No.1 & US No.7 ‘You Really Got Me’, and the 1967 UK No.2 single ‘Waterloo Sunset’ plus 19 other UK Top 40 singles. Davies suffered a stroke in 2004 after being interviewed by the BBC in […]

28th January 2016, American guitarist, singer and songwriter, Paul Kantner died in San Francisco at the age of 74 due to multiple organ failure and septic shock after he suffered a heart attack days earlier. He was known for co-founding Jefferson Airplane, the leading psychedelic rock band of the counterculture era, and its more commercial […]

The legendary guitarist Jimmy Page is celebrating his 74th birthday today. We could go on for days about his work with Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds and so many others. But we’ll just give you a quick fact about him: The first #1 song he ever played on was “Downtown” by Petula Clark. Everyone is always […]


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