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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

23rd June 1937, Born on this day, Niki Sullivan, guitarist, singer, one of the three original members of Buddy Holly’s backing group, The Crickets. He co-wrote a number of his hit songs and sang back-up vocals on 27 of the 32 songs Buddy recorded over his brief career. Sullivan died suddenly of a heart attack […]

21st June 2001, John Lee Hooker, American blues singer and guitarist died in his sleep aged 83. Had hits with ‘Boom Boom’, ‘Dimples’ and ‘I’m In The Mood’. His songs have been covered by many artists including Cream, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, The Yardbirds, The Doors and The White Stripes. […]

On June 20, 2008, The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page became Dr. Page. Here is the story from the school: The University of Surrey is proud to confer the honorary degree of Doctor of the University to Jimmy Page for services to the music industry. The award was made on Friday, June 20 […]

On June 13, 1983, the world was exposed to an up and coming guitarist and his band for the first time. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble released their debut album “Texas Flood”. The album was named after a cover featured on the album “Texas Flood,” recorded by blues singer Larry Davis in 1958. Produced […]

9th June 1915, Born on this day, guitarist Les Paul, inventor of the Gibson Les Paul guitar who also had a 1953 UK No.7 single with ‘Vaya Con Dios’ and the US No.7 single ‘Hummingbird’ with Mary Ford featuring his multi-layered recording techniques. He also pioneered ‘close miking’ and echo delay recording. He broke his […]


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