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Lesser Known Guitar Greats
"Everyone knows all about Clapton, Beck and Page. How much do you know about some of these lesser known guitarists?"
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This great guitarist from London died way too young at the age of 25. He is best known for his work in the band Free, but he also fronted a solo band called Back Street Crawler. Do you know the name of this guitar player?
This living blues legend has been called the "King of Chicago Blues". He is widely admired by fellow guitarists as one of the finest to ever pick up the instrument. The song "Stone Crazy" best describes this bluesman's style of play. Stevie Ray Vaughan even covered a version of this man's "Mary Had a Little Lamb" to pay homage to him. Who is this guitar great?
John Lee Hooker
Bo Diddley is one of the most outspoken and well known bluesmen of all times. His influence can be heard in just about every band that was part of the British Invasion of the late 1960s. Do you know where the name Bo Diddley comes from?
The musical term "bow and diddle" where a guitar neck is bent to get a unique sound
An old bluesman from Mississippi who remarked that his fingers could "bow and diddle" across the fretboard
The bow he used to play violin
An African instrument called a diddley bow
This guitar great can best be described as the undisputed god of the surf guitar. His song "Miserlou" was chosen to open the film "Pulp Fiction", a move that sparked a surf music revival of sorts. Who is this "king of surf music"?
What guitar player played with Miles Davis (even having an entire song named for him on one album) and led the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the 1970s?
What guitarist played with Elvis Presley on the Sun Records sessions in 1954 and 1955?
Many consider this man to be Britain's greatest blues guitarist. Some say he is even better than Beck or Clapton. His work with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers remains a standard that other guitarists are measured against even today. His work as the original frontman of Fleetwood Mac propelled them into eventual superstardom, fame that this man didn't witness due to his quitting the band in 1970. Who was this guitar player?
This guitar player has been heralded as the founder of prog-rock guitar playing. His avant-garde style of play led to the creation of the band King Crimson, one of the most influential prog-rock bands of all time. Who is this talented guitarist?
Johnny Cummings was featured with bandmates on over 21 albums and 2,263 concert shows. His stage uniform consisted of black leather and torn denim. He never played solos, only a thick wall of chords and distortion on two-minute-long songs. His band of "brothers" were together from the mid-1970s until 1996 when they finally retired. Do you know who this New Yorker is?
What guitar great played with the blues group Taj Mahal and with Captain Beefheart's Magic Band? He has also written soundtracks to films, including the score to "Paris, Texas". He also won a 1994 World Music Grammy for his work on "Talking Timbuktu". Do you know who this versatile guitarist is?
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