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Legends

Steve Marriott

Steve Marriott had a giant voice locked in the body of a boy, everybody was amazed when they heard him, and he was the main point of reference for all British singers that came after him, from Rod Stewart to Paul Rodgers, then on to Robert Plant and Joe Cocker. But what sets him apart from the rest is that he was also a remarkable guitarist and an...

Lowell George

Lowell George was born in the very mecca of cinema, Hollywood, on April 13, 1945; the son of a furrier who worked for the studios and decorated his house with photos of the great stars. But, from childhood, it could be seen that George was not called to follow in his father's footsteps in the film industry but to become a great...

Steve Howe

Londoner Steve Howe was born in the spring of 1947. He picked up the guitar at 12, after listening to one Chet Atkins, who had a contagious style of guitar playing that afflicted young enthusiasts the world over. He was also a keen follower of jazz masters Django Reinhardt and duo Les Paul & Mary Ford, so, how in hell did he wind up as one of...

Mick Ralphs

They once asked Mick Ralphs what mark between 1-10  he would give himself as a guitarist, his answer shows his modesty but also his intelligence: “Minus 20. I never think about things like that. I like to be an all-round guitar player who can play rhythm and lead breaks. That’s because I’m a songwriter and songwriting is all about doing...

Randy Rhoads

Randall William Rhoads (December 6, 1956 - March 19, 1982), was an American metal rock guitarist who played in Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne. Randy Rhoads grew up in a musical family, his parents were music teachers, so he picked up a Gibson acoustic when he was 6 and the future legend was off to the races. His mother Delores put him into piano...

Billy Corgan

Billy Corgan is a resounding egomaniac; something that is an inconvenience if you have a personal relationship with him, but not so much so if the only thing you're interested in is his music. It was precisely that ego that led him to imagine things as fantastical and magical as Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, possibly the culmination...

Robin Trower

Normally I don’t like getting into the articles I write, but today I’m going to make an exception. In March of 2017 I was going to interview the great Alejandro Escovedo at Sala El Sol in Madrid, I got there early with my little brother, a great guitarist in his own right, and we got to speak with him, before long he got interested in our...

Alvin Lee

Maybe Alvin Lee was not as well known as his fellow countrymen Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, and was often confused with Albert Lee, but his rapid-fire fingerstyle on his Gibson ES-335 certainly turned heads, and he would become a legend soon enough.   Born Graham Anthony Barnes (December 19, 1944 - March 6, 2013) in...

Brian Jones

Despite having been in the band for just 7 years, nobody can deny the tremendous role Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones, born February 28, 1942, and died the 3rd of June 1969, had on the history of the Rolling Stones. Suffice to remember the words of his bandmate Bill Wyman, “ He formed the band, chose the members, gave it a name, picked the type of...

AC/DC - Highway To Hell (1979)

AC/DC have been called a rock/blues band, a hard rock band, a heavy metal band, but in their own words they are “a rock and roll band, nothing more, nothing less”. Their first breakthrough came in 1979 with the release of Highway To Hell, which sold over a million copies and launched them towards the stars in the biggest of ways, they went on...

Magic Sam

Samuel Gene Maghett is a name you will not likely  know until we unveil him as Magic Sam, then maybe you’ll have some idea as to who he was and the impact he had on the Chicago blues scene in the late 50s and 60s. So here’s the story...     Born into a sharecropper's family in February 1937 in Grenada County,...

Buddy Holly

The musical legacy of Buddy Holly is, together with Chuck Berry, the most important of the first generation of rock & roll. It's a legacy that is the most diverse from the fathers of rock, it is sufficient to listen to Words Of Love to discover that jangle sound of the Byrds and the Beatles; I'm Gonna Love You Too can be considered one of...

Mike Campbell

It is impossible to separate the life and work of Mike Campbell from Tom Petty, so we shall start in the moment that they met. It was 1970 and Petty was forming a new band together with his childhood friend Tom Leadon. They were going to try out a drummer in his home and when Petty arrived he told him that they also wanted to include another...

Elmore James

Elmore James is the ‘King of the Slide guitar’ and one of the most important guitarists in history; it could be that Duane Allman or Ry Cooder play better than him but let’s put it like this, without Elmore James there wouldn’t be Duane or Ry. Or if another example is preferred, Angus Young plays better than Chuck Berry, but certainly...

Mick Taylor

"It's just that demon life has got you in its sway"   Mick Taylor played with fire and got burnt. He was part of “the greatest rock n roll band in the world” in its best period and was the best guitarist, technically, that they have had, doing solos that Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Ron Wood could only dream about; but in...

Robby Krieger

Robby Krieger is a very special guitarist. No one has sounded, either before or since, quite like him. The sounds that his fingers got out of an SG seem to be produced by another instrument that is completely distinct to that also used by Angus Young, Pete Townshend and Tony Iommi. However it is clear that there are few rock guitarists who...

John McLaughlin

Who was that English guitarist seated beside Paco de Lucía and this other guitarist whom I didn’t know at that time and who was playing an acoustic Ovation at  such speed that you could hardly see which notes he was playing? His fingers traveled the fretboard of the neck with dizzying speed, but the sound seemed to come quicker than his...

Bo Diddley

There are guitarists that need hundreds of notes to make you notice them, Bo Diddley can do that with just one chord. For Diddley everything is in the rhythm and the guitar becomes a percussion tool that stays etched in memory. Few can do so much with so little, he is the only guitarist with a beat linked to his name, the ‘Bo Diddley beat’, as...

Scotty Moore

Before there was a Mick and a Keith, a Robert Plant and a Jimmy Page, there was Elvis and Scotty Moore. The first fellow needs no introduction, he’s still the King, but not so many people remember a Winfield Scott Moore III, born December 27, 1931 and died June 28 2016, . Something not at all fair if we remember that Scotty was the first guitar...