Artist Bios

How did famous guitar players get their start? Some started late in life and others are self taught. We've profiled the best guitar players in the world.

Feb01
America - Here and Now

America is a folk-rock band formed in London 1970, by Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek. In 1972 they won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

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Jan20
Doc Watson

Doc Watson recorded sixty albums, received seven Grammy Awards, and was awarded the National Medal of the Arts from President Bill Clinton in 1997.

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May21
Donald Duck Dunn

Donald “Duck” Dunn was the bass guitarist with Booker T & the MGs, the band at the heart of the Stax soul sound. He died at age 70 while on tour in Japan.

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Apr28
Jim Marshall

He may be known forever as “the Father of Loud,” but James Charles Marshall, creator of the Marshall Amp, had the true gift of a musician – he listened.

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Apr02
Frank Zappa

A composer, bandleader, and singer – Frank Zappa is probably the most recognized avant-garde guitarist of all time. His hybrid style defies all convention.

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Feb29
Van Morrison Black and White

Van Morrison has released over thirty albums, with songs ranging from meditative instrumentals to traditional Irish tunes to country-influenced ballads.

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Feb03
The Kinks

The Kinks are one of England’s preeminent rock bands of the 1960s. They released their first album in 1964, which featured the immortal “You Really Got Me.”

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Dec31
Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen is second only to Jimi Hendrix when it comes to rock guitar. Starting with “Eruption” in 1978 he rewrote the book on what a guitar could do.

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