Rolling Stone magazine lists B. B. King at #3 on their “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Known as the “King of the Blues,” this Mississippi native has played at over 15,000 concerts worldwide, including Glastonbury in 2011.
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Paul Simon has won over a dozen Grammy awards, been selected as one of Time Magazine’s “100 People Who Shaped the World” and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’s also one of those guitarists whose playing has inspired thousands, if not millions, of people to take up the guitar to create music for themselves.
Mark Knopfler is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the British rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded in 1977 with his brother David. After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler continued to record and produce albums as a solo artist under his own name. Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120 million albums to date.