Eric Clapton is one of rock music’s quintessential guitarists. He’s the only artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times.
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.
Led Zeppelin is one of the most influential rock groups of all time. Until their split in 1980, they put out rock and roll anthems like Stairway to Heaven, Communication Breakdown, Heartbreaker and dozens of others that ensure Jimmy Page will always be thought of first as a guitarist, when in fact his contributions as a producer are some of the most interesting and diverse that a rock guitarist would ever create.
Steve Cropper is the epitome of the soul guitarist. When asked about Cropper, Keith Richards simply said, “Perfect, man.” Steve has been named one of the best guitarists by numerous magazines – coming it a Number 2 (behind Jimi Hendrix) in Britain’s Mojo Magazine.
Bonnie Lynn Raitt was born into a decidedly musical family. She took up the guitar at a young age and always thought of it as a hobby. Her 1989 album, Nick of Time, sold over five million copies and won three Grammys, including “Album of the Year.” She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.