Best Guitarists Of All Time
The best guitarists of all time have played the blues, folk, rock, and even combinations of these different styles of music. The top guitarists in recent history have all sought to create a unique sound for their listeners to experience. Here is a list of some of the best guitarists the world has ever heard.
- Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix is a legendary graceful and stylish guitarist who died in 1970 at the age of 27. He made the electric guitar beautiful. Jimi's guitar playing was a mix of loud angry country blues plus rock and roll music. Hendrix was shy, but on stage he was a showman who was known for pouring lighter fluid on his guitar, burning it on stage and playing it scorched at another gig. Hendrix shocked the world when he played his rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" on his guitar at Woodstock. "Voodoo Chile" and "Purple Haze" are two of his many hits. About his guitar playing, Jimi has been called "Extraordinary."
- Duane Allman. Allman was a master lead and slide guitarist who contributed to dozens of records, such as Wilson Pickett's 1969 cover of "Hey Jude" and Eric Clapton's 1970 "Layla and other assorted love songs." Duane formed the Allman Brothers Band in 1969 and went on to developed his style of black soul, rebel fire, and psychedelic guitar playing. Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in 1971.
- B.B. King. B.B. King is a revolutionary guitarist and self-proclaimed "Ambassador of blues." The country blues guitarist's breakthrough 1951 hit "Three O'clock Blues" displayed his original style, a mix of electric fire and polished jazzy blues. King's guitar is named Lucille, because his vibrato and string-bending makes it weep like a woman. B.B. King's 1964 "Live at the Regal" remains one of the top blues-guitar albums ever recorded.
- Eric Clapton. British guitarist Eric Clapton began playing at fifteen, by twenty "Eric Clapton is God" was written on the walls of London's subway. During his stint with The Yardbirds, Eric went by the name Slowhand an ironic reference to the velocity of his lead breaks. When Clapton did a fifteen minute guitar solo with Cream, his tone was like a dagger, and his melody pinpoint. The following year, Clapton's solo album "Layla," with Derek and the Dominoes emphasized his singing and songwriting abilities. To this day, Clapton is known for his powerful solos.
- Robert Johnson. Johnson was a blues guitarist who died of poisoning in 1938 at the age of 27, he is the undisputed king of the Mississippi Delta Blues. Johnson's 29 songs which were cut between 1936 and 1937 laid the foundation for modern blues and rock music. "Cross Road Blues," "Sweet Home Chicago," and "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom" are a few of Robert Johnson's songs that are some of the most popular recordings of all times. 58 years after Johnson's death a box set of his recordings were certified platinum.