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megimoo
10-14-2009, 05:39 AM
The following guitar players have graced us with some of the best playing ever to come out of the rock and blues genres, these musicians all had their careers cut short by misfortune. Their untimely passing deprived them of well deserved, and highly successful futures, and the rest of us, the privilege of listening to them ply their trade. We can only imagine the music they would be producing if they were alive today. They have set a very high standard in the art and musicianship of the guitar that many have aspired to, but few have attained.
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Danny Gatton, (Suicide)

Danny Gatton - " The Humbler" (September 4, 1945 – October 4, 1994) was a talented and enigmatic American guitarist who committed suicide at his Maryland home in 1994 while still relatively unknown to the public. A biography, Unfinished Business: The Life and Times of Danny Gatton by Ralph Heibutzki, was published in 2003.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UkU3sBP8Pg&feature=player_embedded
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Duane Allman , (Motorcycle Accident)

Duane Allman - (November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971) was an American session musician and lead guitarist of the southern rock musical group, The Allman Brothers Band. Duane Allman is best remembered for his brief influential tenure in the band he helped co-found, as well as his inspired slide guitar and improvisational skills. Besides his work with The Allman Brothers Band, Allman led an established session musician life, lending his skills to the likes of King Curtis, Aretha Franklin, Boz Skaggs, and Herbie Mann.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2E6jERanl4&feature=player_embedded
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Frank Zappa , (Cancer)

Frank Zappa - (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993). Frank Vincent Zappa was an American composer, musician, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Frank Zappa had established himself as a very gifted and distinctive composer, electric guitar player and band leader. He worked in various different musical genres and wrote music for rock bands, jazz ensembles, synthesizers and symphony orchestra, as well as musique concrète works constructed from pre-recorded, synthesized or sampled sources. Musique concrète, is a form of electro-acoustic music that utilizes acousmatic sound, or sound that one hears without seeing the originating cause.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0Zu5JJK2Y4&feature=player_embedded
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Jimi Hendrix , (Accidental Overdose of Sleeping Pills)

Jimi Hendrix - (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. Jimi Hendrix is considered one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in rock music history. After initial success in Europe, he achieved fame in the USA following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Later, Hendrix headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival. Jimi Hendrix helped develop the technique of guitar feedback with overdriven amplifiers. He was influenced by blues artists such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Albert King, and Elmore James, rhythm and blues and soul guitarists Curtis Mayfield,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLnKUiybiFo&feature=player_embedded
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Jeff Healey , (Cancer)

Jeff Healey - (March 25, 1966 - March 2, 2008). Norman Jeffrey Healey, was a blind jazz, and blues-rock vocalist and guitarist who attained popularity, particularly in the 80s and 90s. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Jeff Healey was adopted as an infant and raised in the city's west end. When he was eight months old, Jeff Healey lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes. The eyes had to be surgically removed, and he was given artificial replacements. Healey began playing guitar when he was three, developing his unique style of playing the instrument flat on his lap.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJh3KaIKDAw&feature=player_embedded
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Rory Gallagher , (Alcoholism)

Rory Gallagher - (March 2, 1948 - June 14, 1995). Born in 1948 in Ballyshannon and raised in Cork, Rory Gallagher's rock 'n roll odyssey began at an early age when he saw Elvis Presley on TV and became inspired to get his first guitar. Rory would listen and learn from the likes of Lonnie Donegan, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and Jerry Lee Lewis, many of whom Rory Gallagher went on to record with.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uezV4zn8tvI&feature=player_embedded
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Roy Buchanan, (Suicide?)

Roy Buchanan - (September 23, 1939 - August 14, 1988) was an American guitarist and blues musician. He is noted for his use of note bending, volume swells, staccato runs, and pinch harmonics. Buchanan was a pioneer of the Telecaster sound and drew upon many diverse influences while learning to play his instrument. Buchanan used a number of guitars throughout his career, although he was most often associated with a 1953 Telecaster guitar, which he used to produce his signature tone. Rarely did Buchanan utilize 'stomp boxes' although later live performances utilized a digital delay. The 'sound' of Buchanan is essentially a Telecaster plugged into an overdriven Fender amp on 10.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI18-BeVzMI&feature=player_embedded
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Stevie Ray Vaughan , (Helicopter Crash)

Stevie Ray Vaughan - (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American blues-rock guitarist, whose broad appeal made him an influential electric blues guitarist. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Stevie Ray Vaughan #7 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, and Classic Rock Magazine ranked him #3 in their list of the 100 Wildest Guitar Heroes in 2007. Vaughan was born on October 3, 1954, in Dallas, Texas, and was raised in the city's Oak Cliff neighborhood. Neither of his parents had any strong musical talent but were avid music fans. They would take Vaughan and his older brother Jimmie to concerts to see Fats Domino, Johnny Williamson III, Jimmy Reed, and Bob Wills.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAG-kX_IlUw&feature=player_embedded
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expat-pattaya
10-14-2009, 09:41 AM
Wow. All influences on me (except Gatton. I didn't know him).

That is an allstar guitar lineup. RIP guys.

BadCat
10-14-2009, 10:37 AM
I'd have left Zappa off the list.
Never cared for his guitar work.

He could write some good off colour lyrics though.

expat-pattaya
10-14-2009, 10:45 AM
She was buns up and kneeling.

I was wheeling and dealing.

:eek:

BadCat
10-14-2009, 10:48 AM
She was buns up and kneeling.

I was wheeling and dealing.

:eek:

LOL, that was the EXACT verse I was thinking of....and "zirconium encrusted tweezers" was fairly brilliant too.

expat-pattaya
10-14-2009, 11:03 AM
LOL, that was the EXACT verse I was thinking of....and "zirconium encrusted tweezers" was fairly brilliant too.

He wasn't known as a great guitarist but he did some nice stuff. What really set him apart was his odd mind:D


Sorry, I need to get out and tend my dental floss crop :)

NJCardFan
10-14-2009, 11:17 AM
I would have included Bo Diddly, Terry Kath, and George Harrison as well.

aerojarod
10-14-2009, 01:24 PM
No Dimebag?

:mad:

hampshirebrit
10-14-2009, 01:40 PM
I'd have left Zappa off the list.
Never cared for his guitar work.

He could write some good off colour lyrics though.

Some of his guitar work is awesome ... horses for courses, I guess. I'm glad to see him on the list.

NJCardFan
10-15-2009, 12:43 AM
No Dimebag?

:mad:
I put Dimebag in the same realm as Randy Rhodes and Angus Young. They know 6 chords and play them well.

JackKetch
10-15-2009, 03:36 AM
joe pass is another late great guitarist. i'm glad i got to see him live once.

enslaved1
10-17-2009, 02:00 AM
I put Dimebag in the same realm as Randy Rhodes and Angus Young. They know 6 chords and play them well.

Thems fightin words, bub. :D

Half kidding. There's a world of difference between a great metal guitar player like Rhodes or Van Halen and a great blues guitarist (like the majority of the list).

NJCardFan
10-17-2009, 02:05 AM
Thems fightin words, bub. :D

Half kidding. There's a world of difference between a great metal guitar player like Rhodes or Van Halen and a great blues guitarist (like the majority of the list).

Then why call the thread 8 Late Guitarists of the Rock Era. Just call it blues guitarists. Blues is not rock.

OwlMBA
10-17-2009, 03:16 AM
Jack White can hang with the best.

Goldwater
10-17-2009, 11:27 AM
joe pass is another late great guitarist. i'm glad i got to see him live once.

Wow, congratulations, Joe Pass was great!

Wes Montgomery and Shawn Lane are good ones.

BadCat
10-17-2009, 12:04 PM
Then why call the thread 8 Late Guitarists of the Rock Era. Just call it blues guitarists. Blues is not rock.

Blues are the foundation of rock. Blues riffs are all over rock 'n roll music.

expat-pattaya
10-17-2009, 03:50 PM
I am kind of a newbie guitarist but from what I can tell, if you take a blues song and change the beat it becomes rock. Check out Hendrix stuff. Lot of it is blues played louder and faster.

BadCat
10-17-2009, 04:11 PM
I am kind of a newbie guitarist but from what I can tell, if you take a blues song and change the beat it becomes rock. Check out Hendrix stuff. Lot of it is blues played louder and faster.

Absolutely.

The "Blues Shuffle" ie. the V-VI usually played as V-V-VI-V, is a centerpiece of rock 'n roll.

Bubba Dawg
10-17-2009, 04:17 PM
Thanks for putting Jeff Healey in there.

PoliCon
10-17-2009, 05:36 PM
Thanks for putting Jeff Healey in there.

By far - my favorite on the list. This is one of the songs I regularly dedicate to my wife.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYz_LHKrgDY

Bubba Dawg
10-17-2009, 06:11 PM
By far - my favorite on the list. This is one of the songs I regularly dedicate to my wife.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYz_LHKrgDY

I like that one too. Jeez Poli, you're quite the romantic. :D

PoliCon
10-17-2009, 06:14 PM
I like that one too. Jeez Poli, you're quite the romantic. :D

The song fits. We danced to it on our wedding day. :o

Bubba Dawg
10-17-2009, 06:22 PM
The song fits. We danced to it on our wedding day. :o

Good song. Miz Bubba and I married 3 years before it came out. (a little over 24 years ago)

That song was written by John Hiatt and some other fellow. I like him too.

PoliCon
10-17-2009, 06:23 PM
Good song. Miz Bubba and I married 3 years before it came out. (a little over 24 years ago)

That song was written by John Hiatt and some other fellow. I like him too.

I won't tell you what I was doing the year it came out. Might make you feel old! :D

Bubba Dawg
10-17-2009, 07:29 PM
Jack White is a pretty good living guitar picker.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70_3ho_j0yk&feature=related

aerojarod
10-19-2009, 05:01 PM
Blues are the foundation of rock. Blues riffs are all over rock 'n roll music.

Exactly.

Just saying that if you take the distortion pedals out of the rig and exchange the Ibanez for a Les Paul a lot of metal or hard rock guitar players could stand on par with the Blues greats.

Look at Slash, for instance... his style is drenched in classic blues influences.
What about Zakk Wylde?

If you're truely a fan of music, you should be able to find the appreciation in all styles: whether it's BB King, Tom Petty, Gun n Roses, Dream Theater, or Slipknot

Maybe thats a controversial statement, I don't know...

All i know is that my CD rotation right now is:
Government Mule
Jay Z
Metallica
Franz Ferdinand
Incubus
Kings of Leon