Posts Tagged ‘guitarists’

Scotty Moore, 1931 – 2016

June 30, 2016

Scotty Moore, 1931 -- 2016

Guitarist Scotty Moore died Tuesday at the age of 84. In 1955, at tiny Sun Studio in Memphis, Mr. Moore played his Gibson ES-295 through an EchoSonic amp and, along with bass player Bill Black, backed up young Elvis Presley on an uptempo version of Junior Parker‘s song “Mystery Train.” It was the first Rock n’ Roll record many people ever heard.

You can hear the key role Scotty Moore’s finger-picked guitar played in propelling the tune on the Elvis recording and on the version he recorded in 1964 without a lead vocal:

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Lonnie Mack, 1941– 2016

April 28, 2016

Lonnie Mack, 1941-- 2016

Virtuoso electric guitarist Lonnie Mack died last Thursday at the age of 74. In 1963 he recorded the groundbreaking electric guitar instrumentals “Memphis,” “Wham!”, “Chicken Pickin,” and “Suzie Q” and is considered the father of the “Blues Rock” genre.

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B.B. King, 1925 — 2015

May 15, 2015

B.B. King, 1925 -- 2015

Influential singer and guitarist Riley B. King died yesterday at the age of 89. He popularized electric Blues guitar and the Urban Blues musical style, performing under the name he adopted as a disc-jockey on WDIA radio in Memphis, B.B. King.

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Bobby Parker, 1937 — 2013

November 5, 2013

Bobby Parker, 1937 -- 2013

Guitarist and singer Bobby Parker, beloved figure on DC’s Blues scene, passed away last Thursday in Bowie. Tributes from as far away as ArgentinaHungary, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and India have noted his passing.

More:

“Bobby Parker, influential blues singer-guitarist and showman,” Terence McArdle, Washington Post

“Blues Guitarist Bobby Parker Dies at Age 76,” Ally Schweitzer, Washington City Paper blog

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J.J. Cale, 1938 – 2013

July 27, 2013

“J.J. Cale, Musician and Songwriter, Dies at 74,” By Ravi Somaiya, New York Times

“Grammy-winning singer-songwriter J.J. Cale dies at 74,” Matt Schudel, Washington Post

“Musician JJ Cale dies; wrote Clapton, Skynyrd hits,” Chris Talbott, AP via USA Today

“Tulsa Sound artist JJ Cale dead at 74,” Tulsa World

J.J. Cale website

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Hubert Sumlin

December 6, 2011

Hubert Sumlin, 1931 -- 2011

Blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin, best known for his collaboration with Howlin’ Wolf, passed away on December 4, 2011. He was 80 years old.

“Hubert Sumlin, Master of Blues Guitar, Dies at 80,” Bill Friskics-Warren, New York Times

“Hubert Sumlin Dead at 80,” Rolling Stone

“Guitarist Hubert Sumlin energized Howlin’ Wolf’s hits,” Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“Hubert Sumlin obituary,” Tony Russell, The Guardian

“Legendary blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin asked for his guitar before he died,” Dan Goldberg,  Newark Star Ledger

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Bert Jansch, 1943 – 2011

October 6, 2011

“Bert Jansch, an Influential Folk Guitarist, Is Dead at 67,” William Grimes, New York Times

“Bert Jansch: a modest man with an immodest talent,” Pete Paphides, The Guardian

“Brilliant Guitarist Bert Jansch: An Appreciation,” Tom Cole, All Songs Considered, NPR

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