1950s

Freddy King, ¨The Texas Cannonball¨, was born in Guilmer, Texas in 1934. His mother and uncle taught started teaching him to play guitar when he was 6. At 16 years of age, he moved with his family from Texas to Chicago.
The guitar playing style of Freddy King is a

B.B King -
There are a great many reasons to esteem blues legend B.B King. One that stands out, though, is a tireless work ethic that is paralleled by very few other professional musicians, especially when it comes to touring. He was a bona fide troubadour, and has routinely played between

Magic Sam Biography
No blues guitarist better represented the adventurous modern sound of Chicago's West side more proudly than Sam Maghett. He died tragically young (at age 32 of a heart attack), just as he was on the brink of climbing the ladder to legitimate stardom, but Magic Sam left behind a thick legacy

When it comes to guitar playing, it´s always refreshing to see a guitarist who does things differently. Albert King is one such guitar player.
For starters, he´s left handed. Now, that in and of itself isn´t anything out of the ordinary. Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Tony Iommi, and many

Knowing when not to play, and simply leave an empty space, is an important aspect of guitar playing that seems to be lost on new guitarists who are often too easily impressed by flash No one would ever say that Hubert Sumlin wasn´t capable of busting out a blistering lick if

The Texas bluesman known as ¨The Ice Man¨
The ¨master of the telecaster¨, Albert Collins was more than just a phenomenal blues guitarist. He was also a true showman, and he would routinely go out of his way to please the crowd. At times, this would entail making use of

You don't have to be a guitar player to be familiar with the classic "Chuck Berry Riff". This instantly recognizable musical motif which has been used by The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and many, many others. It's quintessentialy Rock & Roll. Everybody's heard it.

Chuck Berry first brought out the 'Chuck

Larry Collins Biography
Larry Collins (John Lawrence Collins, Jr.),   (born Sept. 14, 1929, West Hartford, Conn.—died June 20, 2005, Fréjus, France), American journalist and author who , had a fruitful partnership with French writer Dominique Lapierre, and the two produced a number of best-selling, scrupulously researched page-turners based on historical events.



Their first book, Is Paris Burning? (1965; filmed 1966),

Joe Maphis Biography
Otis Wilson Maphis, 12 May 1921, near Suffolk, Virginia, USA, d. 27 June 1986, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. His father taught him to play the fiddle as a child and he was performing at local dances by the age of 10. By the time he was 16, Maphis was a

Danny Cedrone Biography
By rights, Danny Cedrone should be at least as well-known as Scotty Moore. Much as Moore's reputation resides in his status as Elvis Presley's lead guitarist on his Sun Records and the early RCA Victor sides, so Cedrone ought to be a legend for his work as lead guitarist on "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill

Johnny Smith Biography
Guitarist Johnny Smith will always be best remembered for his 1952 hit recording of "Moonlight in Vermont," a mellow ballad that also features Stan Getz. Smith, whose chordal-oriented style was self-taught, originally played trumpet, violin, and viola before switching to guitar.



A studio musician from 1947 on, Smith's impressive technique and quiet sound made

Cliff Gallup Biography
Cliff Gallup was the original lead guitarist in Gene Vincent's Blue Caps. His stint in the band was brief, encompassing much of 1956 and about 35 tracks in the studio. Yet in that short burst of time, he established himself as one of the greatest guitarists in early rock & roll,

Hank Garland Biography
Nothing upsets preconceived minds like someone who successfully crosses over to another genre after he has been thoroughly pigeonholed by experts in a previous one. Such was Hank Garland, Nashville's busiest country guitar picker who, with little warning, made a superb jazz album in mid-career and seemed headed for

Eddie Arnold Biography
Eddy Arnold moved hillbilly music to the city, creating a sleek sound that relied on his smooth voice and occasionally lush orchestrations. In the process, he became the most popular country performer of the 20th century, spending more weeks at the top of the charts than any other

Lowman Pauling Biography
Guitarist/songwriter Lowman Pauling was a member of '50s R&B/rock vocal group the "5" Royalesand co-wrote "Dedicated to the One I Love," covered by the group on a 1958 King Records single. The song was a 1961 hit for the Shirelles and a 1967 hit for the Mamas and the Papas. Besides "Dedicated...," Pauling also

Herb Ellis Biography
An excellent bop-based guitarist with a slight country twang to his sound, Herb Ellis became famous playing with the Oscar Peterson Trio during 1953-1958. Prior to that, he had attended North Texas State University and played with the Casa Loma Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey (1945-1947), and the sadly under-recorded trio Soft Winds.



While withPeterson, Ellis was on some Jazz at the

Johnny "Guitar" Watson Biography
3 February 1935, Houston, Texas, USA, d. 17 May 1996, Yokohama, Japan. Before Watson made a name for himself in the 70s playing funk R&B, he had a long career stretching back to the early 50s. His father played piano, which also became Johnny’s first instrument. On

Grant Green Biography
A severely underrated player during his lifetime, Grant Green is one of the great unsung heroes of jazz guitar. He combined an extensive foundation in R&B with a mastery of bebop and simplicity that put expressiveness ahead of technical expertise. Green was a superb blues interpreter, and while his later material was

Kenny Burrell Biography
One of the leading exponents of straight-ahead jazz guitar, Kenny Burrell is a highly influential artist whose understated and melodic style, grounded in bebop and blues, made him in an in-demand sideman from the mid-'50s onward and a standard by which many jazz guitarists gauge themselves to this day. Born

Charlie Byrd Biography
Tasteful, low-key, and ingratiatingly melodic, Charlie Byrdhad two notable accomplishments to his credit -- applying acoustic classical guitar techniques to jazz and popular music and helping to introduce Brazilian music to mass North American audiences.



Born into a musical family, Byrdexperienced his first brush with greatness while a teenager in France

Lowell Fulson Biography
Lowell Fulson recorded every shade of blues imaginable. Polished urban blues, rustic two-guitar duets with his younger brother Martin, funk-tinged grooves that pierced the mid-'60s charts, even an unwise cover of the Beatles' "Why Don't We Do It in the Road!" Clearly, the veteran guitarist, who was active for more than half-a-century,

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