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  • Wadderfock
    Wadderfock  Жыл бұрын +60

    He missed Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Godmother of Rock'n'Roll, whom rock gods of the '50s and '60s saw live as teenagers, and used her songs to warm up in the studio.

    • Steve
      Steve Ай бұрын

      She liked the cream sg/Les Paul custom.

    • Jayka Adams
      Jayka Adams 2 ай бұрын +1


    • inter215
      inter215 3 ай бұрын +9

      Yes sister Rosetta had a huge influence on other musicians.. She was basically playing Rock and Roll electric guitar by the early 40s.

  • RedDirtRules
    RedDirtRules 3 ай бұрын +13

    No guitar list is complete without Roy Clark ❤️

    • G B
      G B 24 күн бұрын

      That was going to be my comment, exactly. Well done "ya beat me to the punch !!" lol !!

  • kevin kendrick
    kevin kendrick  Жыл бұрын +105

    Not trying to “where’s So and So?!” But I really think Sister Rosetta Tharp, based on how she (according to them) blew Keith, Jeff Beck, and Page’s mind at her show with Muddy in England and how she played such a role in Chicago becoming the center of elec blues, should have been on this list.

    • Chet Senior
      Chet Senior 23 күн бұрын

      He’s just displaying his ignorance

  • Kevin Scalf
    Kevin Scalf 7 ай бұрын +19

    I think these are all important players but on artist you missed who was a pioneer in his playing, as well as an innovator-Roy Clark. He could do things on the guitar that was simply amazing. And to be featured on “The Odd Couple” TV show! I remember his performances. Everyone just sat back and let him do his stuff. And so funny on the guitar too!

  • Darth Mater
    Darth Mater 11 ай бұрын +39

    Classical- 0:39
    Blues- 1:37
    Jazz- 7:54
    Country and Rock and Roll- 12:11

  • Perry Doig
    Perry Doig 2 ай бұрын +1

    Glad you included Grant Green in there. Green was every great jazz guitarist of the ‘60s favorite guitarist.

  • Fryboy 1963
    Fryboy 1963 4 жыл бұрын +1368

    Thanks for including Frank Zappa.
    Most people don’t know how great a guitar player he was.

    • Matt Sheperd
      Matt Sheperd 3 ай бұрын

      @Mirko Šiško this is because of listen and see are some kind of different, I guess

    • Maffey Zilog6502
      Maffey Zilog6502 5 ай бұрын

      @Annable Nun Underrated by whom?

    • ultzisakhain
      ultzisakhain 5 ай бұрын

      @whatupinthehizzle, hard to tell from the short snippet... "The Nancy and Mary Music" would be my guess

    • stem50
      stem50 7 ай бұрын +1

      Yeah Man , Frank could Shread !

    • DawKnee
      DawKnee 7 ай бұрын

      Most people don't know what a great guitar player is.

  • richmanfilms
    richmanfilms 9 ай бұрын +13

    What Robert Johnson did was supernatural. His innovation was magic and unnatural.

  • Frank
    Frank 8 ай бұрын +29

    Frank Zappa was not only a prolific guitarist, but one of the most influential jazz/avant-garde composers

    • Robert W. J. Taylor
      Robert W. J. Taylor 4 ай бұрын +1

      Frank Zappa was one of the greatest Jazz guitarists and composers ever, and his music was not crude as some other people have said, that was his comical side that made his music unique and very cool stuff!

    • LongTrout
      LongTrout 7 ай бұрын

      @Frank a great musician does not need to use Base lyrics to get himself noticed. That being said he may have been above average but I do not consider him great. I have known many great musicians in my day. Just because you're famous does not necessarily make you better than other trained musicians. I have often found the greatest musicians are not the ones touted by guitar magazine

    • Frank
      Frank 7 ай бұрын +1

      @LongTrout In what way specifically was he not great? Zappa does indeed have crude lyrics in some of his tracks. When he paired that with the top-level musicianship of his band lineups, it created something completely unique and worth admiring, especially since some of his lyrics were ACTUALLY funny. People however fail to look past the crude "peepee poopoo" lyrics and see some of the other brilliant and technical orchestration and instrumentalism of a lot of his other work.

    • LongTrout
      LongTrout 7 ай бұрын

      @Jose Lipton I suppose you think the Dinahmo Hum is a great work of art right. It would be laughable to deny he was crude when he clearly was.

    • Jose Lipton
      Jose Lipton 7 ай бұрын

      @LongTrout Ignorant comment, just saying

  • Paul Gower
    Paul Gower 6 ай бұрын +1

    ..Bob Dylan said, "There is a strong line in all our music that can be
    traced back directly to Scrapper Blackwell. He was a truly great
    musician ..."
    Hell, even Robert Johnson covered one of his tunes. But who remembers Scrapper
    wish he had been remembered

  • Timmy Girard
    Timmy Girard  Жыл бұрын +158

    You know, one guitarist that seems to always miss these lists is Alvin Lee from 10 years after. Let's all be honest he's the one who brought down the house at Woodstock with the song I'm going home. Just an incredible player and a really cool guy

    • jp
      jp 4 ай бұрын

      j'aurai aimé le voir dans la liste également

    • Peter Piasecki
      Peter Piasecki 8 ай бұрын +1

      One of the best Guitar, Bass jams would be Good morning little School girl with Alvin on Guitar and Leo Lyons on bass

    • james hey
      james hey 8 ай бұрын

      He played it hard! The first time I heard "Goin Home" pre-woodstock.....I freaked

    • Pieve
      Pieve 8 ай бұрын +1

      Slow blues in C, I'm Going Home, and Choo, Choo Mama

  • Alex Johnson
    Alex Johnson 6 ай бұрын +2

    I love how everyone plays guitar on this video as a stringed instrument until Hendrix than it’s a tidal wave of sound

  • Dawson P
    Dawson P  Жыл бұрын +169

    Was glad to see Glen Campbell get some recognition!! He was a great artist and an amazing singer as well, but also an absolutely incredible guitar picker!

    • lisa
      lisa 5 ай бұрын

      Yes. That man. Wow.

    • Perry Thomas MUSIC
      Perry Thomas MUSIC 8 ай бұрын +2

      I got to see Glen for his next to last performance and he was amazing. He couldn't remember his wife or daughter, or sometimes play the same song three times in a row, BUT......he didn't miss a note. As a guitarist myself, I was simply amazed by how well he could still play and remember every single note he played.

    • Ronald Grelsamer
      Ronald Grelsamer  Жыл бұрын +2

      I had no idea he was so great until he died and I saw all those highlights.

    • Kevin B
      Kevin B  Жыл бұрын +3

      Glen didn't session play on all those albums for no reason!

    • JT King
      JT King  Жыл бұрын +3

      Check out the Fresh Air interview Terry Gross did with Glen Campbell. I was amused that the very sophisticated Ms. Gross was obviously a fan of Glen.

  • The Big Dam Blues Band
    The Big Dam Blues Band  Жыл бұрын

    In 1974 I had the pleasure of seeing an Eric Clapton concert with Freddie King Band warming up. Clapton's encore was a jam session with Freddie and of course Eric got blown off the stage by the blues power of the King.

    • zivkovicable
      zivkovicable  Жыл бұрын

      Of course. Freddie opening the show is a travesty. Eric not fit to carry his guitar.

  • Roberto Diaz
    Roberto Diaz 6 ай бұрын +7

    Excellent guitar appreciation class ! Hats off to Rick.
    Surprised to see Bloomfield here, not many ppl give him recognition.

  • PaulinWoburn
    PaulinWoburn 8 ай бұрын +38

    This is a great list of guitarists. I'm so glad you mentioned Django Reinhardt and Wes Montgomery. One guitarist you left out which I think should have been included is Link Wray. And someone else mentioned Sister Rosstta Tharpe should have been on your list in which I agree.

  • Ray
    Ray  Жыл бұрын +135

    Thank you for including George Harrison, he's so underrated but to me I still rate him after all these years, He was unique and some of his chord solos were not commonly played on pop songs back then.

    • J D
      J D 6 ай бұрын +1

      People get caught up rating guitarists based almost entirely on face-melting guitar solos... so much more to being a great guitarist. Any list missing George Harrison is incomplete!

    • Ray
      Ray 7 ай бұрын +1

      @Phil Who the fuck was comparing George to those you just mentioned??
      Certainly wasn't me mate 😒
      My favorite guitarist of all time is Steve Howe from YES.

    • Phil
      Phil 7 ай бұрын

      Compared to Roy Clark, Jerry Reed or Glen Campbell, George isn’t even in the same class as they masters.

    • chris 1
      chris 1 7 ай бұрын +1

      @Wade Wilson You know Eric Clapton actually played lead guitar on that track, right ;)

    • Wade Wilson
      Wade Wilson 8 ай бұрын +4

      I'd love to see the dummy that said that!!
      They can never say a guy whose guitar gently weeps is underrated.

  • George Tebbens
    George Tebbens 7 ай бұрын +1

    The guitar is one of a very few musical instruments that allows the player to "accompany" melodies with chords. You can't do that with a saxophone or trumpet, for example.

  • Sasha & Savisha
    Sasha & Savisha  Жыл бұрын +218

    Even though I’m a big fan of rock, blues, country and jazz. Andres Segovia played some of the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard. The mood and space he created was incredible. You could hear the love.

    • Paul Cudone
      Paul Cudone 8 ай бұрын

      Agree and Julian bream and john williams

    • C O
      C O  Жыл бұрын +2

      He had it sooo tough. Back then, the guitar was considered a gipsy or flamenco thing and therefore not an formal music instrument.

    • LeDoctoer
      LeDoctoer  Жыл бұрын

      @Austin Hernandez Julian Bream was no slouch either

    • its me
      its me  Жыл бұрын

      @Chris Wright I'm going to look for them. Do you know any names? I'll start with Spotify.

    • Chris Wright
      Chris Wright  Жыл бұрын +2

      I would recommend listening to the recordings he made between 1927 and 1939 (available together on a double CD - or a download I'm sure!) His incredible artistry cuts through the limited recording quality. On these albums, he plays a range of music from salon music of the 19th century (not my favourite) to the early 20th-century masters (which I love) and these are amongst my favourite recordings of anything on any genre. Of course, you may already know this ...

  • Bikini Atol
    Bikini Atol 8 ай бұрын +4

    I am worried about it, Rick. Blind Willie Johnson influenced Zeppelin, Dylan, countless folk groups. I tried to learn some of his stuff and my teacher at corner music said some of the stuff didn’t seem possible. Dark was the night is an amazing piece of music and the vocals are beyond genius.

  • bruce
    bruce  Жыл бұрын +8

    To me the smoothest sounding was Kenny Burrell, His music was so cool and mood setting. I can close my eyes when listening to him, and his music just takes me to another place in time.

    • Harold Welch
      Harold Welch 11 ай бұрын +1

      Joe Pass was as well.He did a great album with Ella Fitzgerald incredible

  • Patricia Keith
    Patricia Keith 8 ай бұрын +1

    I'm late to this but can't believe this guy left out the great Duane Eddy. Called the Titan of Twang whose 'single handedly invented the ringing, low-pitched, highly reverberant electric guitar style influenced everything from the British Invasion rock and roll to London punk and the Italian spaghetti-western soundtracks of Ennio Morricone.'

  • Brandon Rutherford
    Brandon Rutherford 11 ай бұрын +5

    Glad to see Mike Bloomfield getting a mention. Best guitarist I ever heard perform live.

  • Mally D
    Mally D 6 ай бұрын +1

    How can you not place Sister Rosetta Tharpe on this list or other lists….worthy of a note somewhere….what an influence anyway….

  • Profile pics are too mainstream
    Profile pics are too mainstream  Жыл бұрын +182

    what blows my mind is players like chet atkins, glen campbell, and jerry reed. their tone is unbelievably clean and they are still absolutely rippin all over the fretboard, playing the changes mixed with cheeky licks, playing the bass line with a separate melody and you can hear absolutely every single note. Unreal.

    • Goodvibrations1966
      Goodvibrations1966 8 ай бұрын +6

      What blows my mind is that he left out Roy Clark.

    • WichitaRick
      WichitaRick 11 ай бұрын +1

      Yes I agree & as a rocker have always had "thing" for Chets sound,vibe playing ! Maybe in part just the tone of a Gretsch guitar :) Often feels like 3,4 people playing at once :) Have a lot of his vinyl and c.d's now & have always included him in trading music on line:) put him free jammin into a rock thread and if someone says what is this cowboy b.s. you KNOW they have NO CLUE :) I love a long list of players and pickers. Johnny winter would have played for free:) jj cale same !Robin Trower is still original and his last albums are some of his best :) Billy Strings & Jamie Johnson are in my "new" favs lists :) Keep Rockin Peace. Rick

    • Martin Weeks
      Martin Weeks  Жыл бұрын +1

      And Lowell George, Paul Barrere. The list is endless. As well as local musicians you and I knew that did not become famous.

    • Martin Weeks
      Martin Weeks  Жыл бұрын +1

      The great fact for everyone who coming up in the 60's & 70's is We lived in the greatest Renaissance of Music, Art, Science and technology in the History of Humans. So many great musicians and others.Landed on the Moon, computers & Audio Components, etc.
      Fusion of Jazz, Soul/R & B, and Rock. ( and some other "Brightly Colorful things as well...(chuckle chuckle.)
      Also don't forget Fred Tacket,

    • Kevin Spencer
      Kevin Spencer  Жыл бұрын +17

      They forgot Roy Clark!

  • David Langley
    David Langley 7 ай бұрын

    Looking forward to part 2, make sure Steve Hillage and Huw Lloyd Langton are there please. :)

  • William Overby
    William Overby  Жыл бұрын +6

    Saw George Benson a couple years ago in his 70s, the man put on one hell of a show, he still kills it!

  • William Neill GROSS
    William Neill GROSS 8 ай бұрын +3

    One of the most influential guitarists for me was Jimmy Bryant. I heard him on my Mom's old Country Swing 78's. That guy could shred before shredding was invented.

    • funstuff2006
      funstuff2006 3 ай бұрын +1

      The songs he did with Speedy West are wild.

  • John Callahan
    John Callahan  Жыл бұрын

    Wow ! A master educationalist...thank you, Rick

  • Marcelo Becerra
    Marcelo Becerra 11 ай бұрын

    todos estos manes hacian hablar a la guitarra y le dieron vida propia, legando este como un instrumento clave para la música popular rock y muchos más estilos. gracias a todos los precursores su talento y creatividad 🎸

  • parnelli jones
    parnelli jones 4 жыл бұрын +44

    Listening to all these great players back to back and Hendrix's style really sticks out as being unique. People must have been blown away when he came on the scene.

    • Stacey Yeamans
      Stacey Yeamans 4 жыл бұрын +2

      Was Robin Trower on any list? Long Misty Days and Bridge of Sighs are two of my favorite albums. Still have them! He was the 1970's.

    • Jonathan Sturm
      Jonathan Sturm 4 жыл бұрын +1

      First LP I purchased in 1967: Are You Experienced? Got destroyed at a party in 1969. Second pressing I got had different tracks that I already had on his EP.

    • Gary Smith
      Gary Smith 4 жыл бұрын

      Sterling, I was going to mention your very post above!, but no need to, thank you for mentioning that. (O:

    • jmattbassplaya90
      jmattbassplaya90 4 жыл бұрын +5

      parnelli jones
      Agreed. Hendrix really stands out as something new for the instrument. You can hear the impact he had on those who came after him.

    • Michael Talley
      Michael Talley 4 жыл бұрын +8

      It's been 50+ years and he still blows me away.

  • stem50
    stem50 7 ай бұрын +1

    Of Course Charlie Christian .. The Greatest Jazz Guitarist in his Day . After Him then there is Wes Montgomery , Joe Pass , and Tiny Grimes . Gotta Give JAZZ some Love Man !

  • Robert M
    Robert M 7 ай бұрын +1

    Just those few notes from Peter Green touched me more than all the other rock guitarists shown.

  • Lucas Galon - Composer and Conductor

    Without a doubt, the Brazilian Tom Jobim (who appears in the video) is one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. However, he is a pianist. He learned to play guitar only for one concert with Frank Sinatra. The most influential name in the Brazilian style of guitar playing (and who immortalized the songs of Jobim and bossa nova) is João Gilberto. Toninho Horta is another very influential Brazilian guitarist, without whom Pat Metheny's music would never be the same.

  • Mikki Baker
    Mikki Baker 7 ай бұрын

    Hard to imagine you could leave out Charlie Byrd in your list of Jazz guitarists. For years there were a series of Jazz guitar trio concert tours -- at least two of them were on your list, but Charlie Byrd was always the third member of the trio. Charlie Byrd was the first American Jazz guitarist to introduce Bossa Nove to the USA. His album, Jazz Samba is still one of the best selling Jazz albums of all time -- it even crossed over into pop, something Charlie Byrd wasn't all that happy with -- except for the part about increasing his bank account!

  • Rob Banks
    Rob Banks 9 ай бұрын

    Leadbelly. He may not have been the greatest guitar..player..per se but..I can't help but love the haunting sound he has. It's amazing.

  • JC
    JC 3 жыл бұрын +226

    Why does no one ever mention Duane? His mastery of blues and other styles was the basis of Southern Rock music as we know it. 🤷‍♂️ His playing on Boz Scaggs 'Loan Me a Dime' is transcendent.

    • PaulinWoburn
      PaulinWoburn 8 ай бұрын

      I thought of Duane also. To me, he's at second best to Jimi. But this list wasn't in his time frame, so I didn't ask why his name wasn't mentioned. My biggest musical regret was that I never saw Jimi or Duane play in concert.

    • Greg Urosevic
      Greg Urosevic 8 ай бұрын

      I'm sure he will be mentioned in part 2

    • Johnny Clemmons
      Johnny Clemmons 8 ай бұрын

      Yeah not including Duane completely killed the validity of this list.

    • mano a mano
      mano a mano 8 ай бұрын

      Didn't he also have a lot to do with the epic theme of 'Layla'? And, if I'm not mistaken, Rick named a daughter after that song!

    • Paul Cudone
      Paul Cudone 8 ай бұрын

      Totally agree

  • Rickey Poppell
    Rickey Poppell 7 ай бұрын

    Wow, can't believe you left out the greatest guitarist in the fifties, Hank Garland. Every star from Nashville, and beyond demanded that Hank was in the studio when they were recording, such as; Elvis, Everly Brothers, Patsy Cline, Roy Oberson and so many others. They were not asking for Chet Akins, who was very good, but couldn't hold a candle to Hank Garland.

  • J B
    J B 8 ай бұрын

    All these influential guitarist can be heard in all modern music, love the guitar 🎸 ✌🏽❤

  • Dan Kelley
    Dan Kelley 7 ай бұрын +1

    One of the most versatile and recorded guitarists of the late 50's and 60's was Tommy Tedesco. From early rock and roll to TV and movie soundtracks, Tommy played it all.

  • Gunnar Marks
    Gunnar Marks 11 ай бұрын +11

    Hopefully Rory G gets spotlighted in the next video. On the Boards and Deuce are both incredible

    • Harold Welch
      Harold Welch 11 ай бұрын +1

      Love Gallagher the man had a gift

  • Jeff Jackson
    Jeff Jackson 7 ай бұрын +2

    Yes, Segovia! I've heard him play things that I couldn't get out of my head. Later I sat down with guitar and learned to play some of them.
    Yep. Segovia was a big influence on my playing.

  • doobeedoo2
    doobeedoo2  Жыл бұрын +105

    Yay, he included Glen Campbell, who for some reason is always overlooked on these lists and was such an unbelievable player and singer.

    • Kevin Froude
      Kevin Froude 8 ай бұрын

      Amazing guitarist and singer.

    • Yod Iamyou
      Yod Iamyou 11 ай бұрын +1

      Yep part of the infamous Wrecking Crew in LA, backed countless albums

    • Lance Williams
      Lance Williams  Жыл бұрын +1

      @Bill Green Glen also played with The Wrecking Crew.

    • Bobby Brooks
      Bobby Brooks  Жыл бұрын +4

      He could play, had the voice and looks,, he just needed people to write songs for him ,, Jimmy Webb, John Hartford

    • Oklahoma Hank
      Oklahoma Hank  Жыл бұрын +2

      When you watch Glen he never seems to be working hard. He makes it smooth.

  • Marcelo Becerra
    Marcelo Becerra 11 ай бұрын

    la elegancia y precisión, limpieza y rapidez de Wes Montgomery es un placer escuchar 🎸

  • Joe Ceonnia
    Joe Ceonnia 8 ай бұрын

    How do you leave out Steve Howe A guitar virtuoso and progressive rock God!

  • dgourmet
    dgourmet  Жыл бұрын +18

    Great selection, well-illustrated. My only wish is that you add Charlie Byrd. He was so talented, jazz and classical, Bossa Nova and Brazilian, and productive for many years. I loved listening to Charlie Byrd.

    • Steve Martin
      Steve Martin 8 ай бұрын

      Good choice. Either him or Joao Gilberto for bossa guitar.

  • Melpheos1er
    Melpheos1er  Жыл бұрын +10

    I've seen Buddy Guy in concert a few years ago. He is a monster

      SANDWICH BHOY 7 ай бұрын

      I'm not your buddy,guy!

    • chris rocco
      chris rocco 11 ай бұрын

      and hes like 80

    • azwan azmi
      azwan azmi 11 ай бұрын +1

      So have I and it was the best concert I've ever experienced.

    • chris rocco
      chris rocco  Жыл бұрын

      i was there

  • Fabrício de Campos
    Fabrício de Campos 11 ай бұрын +1

    Good to see a reference to Villa Lobos on your channel man. I would love to see you going to more word music and not limiting yourself to USA/UK music.

  • B Dobroth
    B Dobroth  Жыл бұрын +457

    So glad you put George Harrison in there. Sometimes unrecognized Maestro of Melody. A Master.

    • Tabatha Staples
      Tabatha Staples 11 ай бұрын

      Shepherd's Chapel Network !!!!!!! Pastor Murray is an Anointed Servant of GOD who teaches the Word of GOD with Authority!!!!!!!

    • Cisium
      Cisium  Жыл бұрын +1

      The critics of Harrison in this thread just want to hear themselves talk. The world, in all its infinite variety, is nevertheless unified in its total noninterest in your opinion of George Harrison's guitar playing. This list is "Guitarists You Need to Know." People interested in music need to know of George Harrison. This is not up for debate. You are being _told,_ and you are nodding your heads obediently.

    • Jack The Skunk
      Jack The Skunk  Жыл бұрын +2

      George was nowhere near what you'd call a virtuoso guitarist. But he did come up with interesting guitar parts for Beatles tunes. And I would say that later on his slide playing was his forte.....his sound was always identifiable and tasty.

    • Roland Ray
      Roland Ray   Жыл бұрын +1

      And the nicest personality of all 4

    • Cam C
      Cam C  Жыл бұрын

      @Billis Willis I stand corrected

  • Shaun Nerbas
    Shaun Nerbas 4 ай бұрын +1

    An excellent group of talented guitar players spanning different types and styles of music !

  • Mikki Deleon
    Mikki Deleon 5 ай бұрын

    1970 my first guitar. After 16 yrs on trumpet and 20 yrs on piano. Vocals since 1959. Love this !!!

    • Mikki Deleon
      Mikki Deleon 5 ай бұрын

      BB King's cousin said I was the white boy that could play the blues( you have to live them to play them)

  • deerobe
    deerobe 7 ай бұрын

    Huge shout out for including Peter Greene.. what a beast

  • DoubleAAmazin3
    DoubleAAmazin3 8 ай бұрын +2

    Props for having Segovia on the list, every guitarist needs to hear him and Montgomery to see whats possible on the instrument.

  • Daniel Madden
    Daniel Madden 6 ай бұрын +1

    Rosetta Thorp is the Queen emancipation of guitar playing...I have to believe she inspired more guitarist than anyone...she set England on fire...she made it look so easy...

    • musik102
      musik102 5 ай бұрын

      Nonsense! ONE person created this ridiculous hype about Sister 's influence. Btw, I saw her in Liverpool UK 1964.

  • Todd Flowers
    Todd Flowers 4 жыл бұрын +113

    Great list Rick ! I can't wait for the Blues List Part 2 ! Thank you for all you contribute to the guitar community.:-)

    • Gary Colligan
      Gary Colligan  Жыл бұрын +1

      @William Kiss & Charlie Byrd

    • William Kiss
      William Kiss 4 жыл бұрын

      Please don't forget Magic Sam, Rick!

  • Paul Dickinson
    Paul Dickinson 8 ай бұрын +9

    Awesome video this one Rick...So many great players to choose from ,but I do agree with others that Sister Rosetta should have been included....


    I made a living playing this music 🎵🎶
    I'm a true fan of these Godfathers of the Blues 💙 I played Bass with Buddy Miles and he is from Omaha he played drums for Jimi Hendrix and he had some stories about that, he was my friend for years, I was in touch with Buddy Miles when he was in California and had the Rasin brand commercial. I got back to Omaha a week after Buddy Miles passed away. He has his bones buried in Omaha and California. Buddy Miles was such a great guy and he likes two sandwiches LoL 😎 private joke 🤣🎸🥁🎵🎶

  • mysteryshrimp
    mysteryshrimp  Жыл бұрын

    I will never once, not ever, fail to do a double take in the inclusion of Glen Campbell in a list of great guitarists.
    Or that Ovation headstock on an electric guitar.

  • Outrageous
    Outrageous  Жыл бұрын

    Django Reinhardt could have a video for himself, what a genious.

  • Wes Wright
    Wes Wright 8 ай бұрын

    You included Peter Green, Jeff Beck and Richie Blackmore. That is good!!

  • Moab T. Frican
    Moab T. Frican 3 жыл бұрын +11

    The way Freddie King shook those notes.. what a haunting sound he creates. Idk how else to describe that emotion, its so raw and pure. Just watch his face when he holds those notes man raw emotion. If anybody out there likes this style with bends and harmonics galore, check out Roy Buchanan!! Hes my favorite blues Telecaster guy of all time, very talented musician Roy was...

    • George Buck
      George Buck  Жыл бұрын

      I shared a table one night in a Jazz club with an unknown guy at a sold out show. I looked at his hands and said to him: "You have to be a famous guitarist or piano player with hands that big." It turned out to be David Maxwell the famous Blues pianist from Freddy King's band. He said "My career has been well documented on KZclip." I never got to see Freddy King live he passed on in 1976.

  • Jon Obester
    Jon Obester 8 ай бұрын +7

    Nice that you included Glenn Campbell. I played his show several times in Reno, at Harrah's, in the 70's and 80's. He had a killer banjo player with him. For an alleged classical violin player I have an unusual C & W influence! "We play BOTH kinds of music: Country AND Western." 🙂 What about Ricky Scaggs? And Clint Strong???

  • D the B
    D the B  Жыл бұрын +1

    Too many great jazz guitarists for some not to get left out. Joe Pass, Charlie Christian, Pat Metheny, Grant Green come to mind.

    • funstuff2006
      funstuff2006 3 ай бұрын

      Charlie Christian got a nod - but only because he was a bridge between Swing and Bop, otherwise he'd be discarded along with Eddie Lange, Carl Kress, Dick McDonough. . .
      The fact that Merle Travis never got a nod in the Country section is egregious. No rockabilly guys either.

  • Mike & Trixie
    Mike & Trixie 11 ай бұрын +9

    That clip of Glen Campbell's rendition of Back Home Again In Indiana is definitely worth checking out ✔️


    Man…. you did good! There are a lot of great guitarists but people need to separate ’guitar stars’ from ‘great guitarists’ because there’s definitely a difference. Great video Rick!

  • Matt Crowell
    Matt Crowell  Жыл бұрын +2

    You absolutely forgot Lonnie Mack.
    The tremolo bar actually adapted the nickname the “whammy” bar through his breakout instrumental track “Wham!”, the first instance of the tremolo being used in rock and blues.
    He was a big influence on the likes of SRV and even Bootsy Collins.

    • jimmyelguapo
      jimmyelguapo 11 ай бұрын

      totally agree, he was the first white rock guitar hero

  • deadsightsx
    deadsightsx 3 жыл бұрын +97

    Django's injury inspired both Jeff Beck and Tony Iommi to keep playing after both of their respective injuries, no Django story no Black Sabbath with Iommi. Jeff Beck is also quoted as naming Django as the greatest guitar player to ever live! Django's guitar playing even had a big influence on Synyster Gates (Brian Haner Jr.) of Avenged Sevenfold! I have fallen in love with Django Reinhardt and his guitar skills

    • Rico Tomas
      Rico Tomas 5 ай бұрын

      And you can hear Django all over Willie Nelson's playing

    • PoeticInsanity
      PoeticInsanity  Жыл бұрын +2

      If Jeff Beck gives someone that much praise they really are badass.

    • D Sam
      D Sam 3 жыл бұрын +3

      Hello, for info, I read many years ago in a music magazine an interview with BB King, can't remember the exact words of BB, but he said something to the effect that Django was in his opinion the most amazing guitarist ever

    • TokyoBlue
      TokyoBlue 3 жыл бұрын +7

      @VintageGeek he didn't leave him out

    • Our Narrow Slice
      Our Narrow Slice 3 жыл бұрын +3

      :O Life without Black Sabbath??? 0:

  • Brent JB Seals
    Brent JB Seals 7 ай бұрын +83

    There's a saying that for every artist or musician who makes it big, there's about 100,000 who are lost in the wilderness of disappointment. In the case of sister Rosetta Tharp, she was a big time non-conformist. It's no surprise you didn't include her among the popular guitar players. When we talk about guitar licks, one of the most popular names that tends to pop-up is Chuck Berry: one of my favorites. Sister Rosetta had already been doing those licks with her eyes close as she performed. At that time upcoming players mostly whites became aware of what she had been doing, they had made it a point to go the her church in Arkansas to see and listen to those licks. No wonder she has been called the Godmother of Rock'n'&'Roll by some.

    • Josh Zee
      Josh Zee 7 ай бұрын +3

      She deserves honorable mention! Her name is Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Let's boo this video! BOO!

    • Parker Tozier
      Parker Tozier 7 ай бұрын +3

      YUUUUUUP^ love ya rick but tharp shoulda made it!!!

    • Alan Matthew
      Alan Matthew 7 ай бұрын +8

      You're 100% correct, she CREATED rock and roll music.

    • PlanetSnowflakes
      PlanetSnowflakes 7 ай бұрын +6

      Hey man, hearing about sister Rosetta for the first time. That's an awesome story. I'll look her up. Thank you man.

  • stuology
    stuology  Жыл бұрын +14

    It's a great list - the player who always gets missed out is Curtis Mayfield. I hear his influence everywhere, especially on Hendrix, yet he never gets a shout out.

  • Harold Welch
    Harold Welch 11 ай бұрын

    great work and I love Django Rienhart .With Grapaldi and his band of gypsy they made great music

  • James Walton
    James Walton 11 ай бұрын

    Great stuff! Hope you include Jr. Brown in the next one.

  • Zach B
    Zach B 8 ай бұрын +3

    My all time blues favorite is Albert King 👑 Stevie ray learned from him more than anyone else imo based on hearing the two. I also learned a lot watching this! Superb video history lesson! 👏

    • M M
      M M 7 ай бұрын

      When I was listening, I could hear his influence on Jimmy Page...

  • Ryan White Guitar
    Ryan White Guitar 2 жыл бұрын +39

    Rick, I am so happy you included Hank Marvin. He is one of the most underappreciated guitar players of all time. His tone was incredible and his style was completely unique. He was my first guitar hero and really deserves more credit. The influence he had on future British rock guitarists also cannot be understated.

    • Toni Young
      Toni Young  Жыл бұрын

      I watched a documentary about Neil Young, about 18 years ago, while in Toronto. He cited Hank Marvin (and the Shadows) as a huge influence .

  • Cliff Davis
    Cliff Davis 8 ай бұрын

    Fantastic episode Rick I loved it!

  • Fast Eddie
    Fast Eddie 10 ай бұрын

    So glad to see you start with Segovia. I just bought 10 albums of his on CD.

  • Gilles Chiasson
    Gilles Chiasson 11 ай бұрын

    Very complete list. I can't think of anyone you might have missed!

  • guyrestivo
    guyrestivo  Жыл бұрын +3

    wow..Glen Campell was amazing....and a great singer !!!....a true talent!!!

    • mark b
      mark b  Жыл бұрын

      And one of the greatest session guitarists in rock and roll and country music history.

  • Troy West
    Troy West 8 ай бұрын

    Damn, Buddy Guy is awesome, you can hear where Plant got his influence on songs like "You Shook Me" from the first Zeppelin album.

  • mike Sales
    mike Sales  Жыл бұрын +203

    Roy Clark was a killer guitar player pre-1969!! He was an influence that everyone was effected by. And Glen Campbell? Good lord that man was lightening

    • Kelly Robinson
      Kelly Robinson 8 ай бұрын

      Roy Clark! Yes! Does it have strings? Roy played it, virtuoso.

    • Harold Welch
      Harold Welch 11 ай бұрын +2

      Many of the great ones mentioned say he was the greatest and I agree .The man was amazing

    • riverraisin1
      riverraisin1  Жыл бұрын +2

      I was waiting for him to include Roy Clark. Sadly, he didn't.

    • Nealix D.
      Nealix D.  Жыл бұрын

      I went to HS in MD with some girls who were Roy Clark's nieces. He was something!

    • pegasusgalaxy68
      pegasusgalaxy68  Жыл бұрын +3

      Roy clarke the king of strings so should of been on this video.

  • rbonotto
    rbonotto  Жыл бұрын

    Wes was distinguished, a musician ahead of his time.

  • Bob Werber
    Bob Werber  Жыл бұрын

    BB King was the first concert I ever saw. Blew my mind. Also actually saw Andres Segovia at Lincoln Center when he was quite old. Glad to see Charlie Christian here. His fluidity just never ceases to amaze me.

  • M W
    M W  Жыл бұрын

    I was amazed that Albert Lee did not make the list. You put on lots of great players, but many were not as seminal as Albert who is credited by some with inventing the chikin Pickin style. I am hoping he makes the next video.

  • Arturo
    Arturo  Жыл бұрын

    Really glad you added Charlie Christian, often overlooked. Wes Montgomery also my favorite jazz player, heavily influenced my friend from Japan, Akio Sasajima. One of my favorites missing however, CHARLIE BYRD.

  • TheOnlyGod
    TheOnlyGod 11 ай бұрын

    *CHARLIE CHRISTIAN is the FIRST GUITAR HERO (he lived fast and died at age 27).* Jimi Hendrix was just fortunate he was young in the "electric high-fidelity" era.

  • Jason Bone
    Jason Bone 4 жыл бұрын +119

    Thanks for throwing Glenn Campbell in there. At age 5, he is who made me want to play. Oddly, I have never learned one of his songs, but he certainly gets the credit for planting the seed.

    • jennifur sun
      jennifur sun 3 жыл бұрын

      @Import Antigravity Music And Flying yes for Tommy especially

    • jennifur sun
      jennifur sun 3 жыл бұрын +1

      what is unusual is that as a player for the Wrecking Crew he was the only one who could not read music, but his skills were such it didn't matter.

    • All the good names were taken
      All the good names were taken 4 жыл бұрын +1

      Glenn Campbell n Roy Clark are only a couple during that time period that were just so frikin good .

    • Frank D.
      Frank D. 4 жыл бұрын +2

      Also on Phil Spectors Wall of Sound .

    • Pete TheMan
      Pete TheMan 4 жыл бұрын +5

      Glenn is playing his ass off!

  • Rishi Sen
    Rishi Sen 8 ай бұрын +1

    The things you do just gets my motor running for music and guitar!
    I really love the passion you have in guiding aspirant musicians!

  • BigDogBob
    BigDogBob 7 ай бұрын +2

    Rick, I was very encouraged to see you included one of my all time favorite guitarists, Frank Zappa. But, one great pioneer guitar virtuoso that you did not include is Larry Coryell, he was a amazing Jazz / Rock fusion artist who I had the honor of seeing perform live two times in the late '60's. He could play bottom and rhythm to himself and then break out with a killer solo lead rife at the same time ! ON ONE FRIGGIN' AXE ! ! !

  • Mark Miller
    Mark Miller 5 ай бұрын

    Thank you Rick for showing Django Reinhardt. As a 55 yr old basically starting to play, this gives me hope. 😀

  • andyrauf
    andyrauf 8 ай бұрын

    This is significant, Thank you! Love the 'race music' roots of Rock & Roll!

  • Meesh Guitar
    Meesh Guitar 10 ай бұрын

    Rick, your channel is inspiring and you are a humble down to earth guy. I appreciate your take on music. Thank you for all the great content.

  • SoulBlues
    SoulBlues 4 жыл бұрын +59

    I'm so glad to see Peter Green on this list, him and Danny Kirwan is almost criminally overlooked when people talk about blues.

    • sean curran
      sean curran 8 ай бұрын

      @George Buck Clearly you never heard Hound Dog Taylor..........

    • Clapton IsGod
      Clapton IsGod 8 ай бұрын

      Early MAC were the finest British blues band of them all. ✌️❤

    • Harold Welch
      Harold Welch 11 ай бұрын

      Loved him with the bluebreakers

    • james edwards
      james edwards  Жыл бұрын

      @brotzmannsax And don't forget Richard Thompson...

    • N. Smith
      N. Smith  Жыл бұрын

      @EmptyGlass99 Yeah, Fleetwood Mac's blues are never mentioned... a crying shame...

  • Jan Wade
    Jan Wade 6 ай бұрын

    I see that this was posted July 2018. How did I miss it? (Pause). I very much enjoyed this. I felt the connections in my heart and hands. I am very pleased you added Frank Zappa. He did most of this great guitar work live. So it often took him some time to develop his solo's. His solo on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace off Frank Zappa: Guitar is an example of Frank sitting back, getting out of the way and allowing it to flow. I have a feeling you would like to analyze FZ but can't due to restrictions. PS -There is an unedited version with 2 extra minutes floating around.

  • Andy Dempster
    Andy Dempster 8 ай бұрын +3

    Nice to see Hank Marvin in there. Huge influence in the UK in the early '60s and the reason a lot of guys - myself included - took up playing!

  • Hernán Sánchez
    Hernán Sánchez 8 ай бұрын

    Muy bueno este video!! En sólo 16:12 minutos muestra a los guitarristas conocidos mundialmente en 40 años, hasta el año 1969. Para mí fueron los mejores años con la guitarra ya sea acústica o electrica. Diversos estilos blues, rock, jazz, dejaron realmente un legado para los guitarristas que vinieron después. Saludos cordiales desde Chile 🎸

  • BigRed Rockeater
    BigRed Rockeater 7 ай бұрын

    Creating this list of guitar players "you need to know" from all of the players and styles must have been as difficult as making a list of "foods you need to know" from all of the world's cuisines! I cannot tell you my favorite food/cuisines because the one I'm eating always becomes my favorite at that moment. A few Country players are mentioned, but my favorite is Riley Puckett. Like a dessert, I'll enjoy Riley's performances with The Skillet Lickers of the 1920s and early 30s after listening to other more modern players. It was original American, raw, pure, country fiddle music of the kind my father and grandfather played back in NE Oklahoma prior to the 1st WW. ""Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers" sold millions of records in their time which was pre-bluegrass country.

    CZECH MATE 8 ай бұрын +2

    Anyone ever heard of a JAZZ guitarist named Johnny Abercrombie??
    (He was my cousin and a pretty cool dude). He gave me my first CD "Timeless" (I didn't even own a CD player yet). R.I.P JOHN

    • MrJazzohjazz
      MrJazzohjazz 8 ай бұрын

      Saw John at Birdland a few years ago with Joe Lavello and Adam Nussbaum

  • Paul M
    Paul M  Жыл бұрын +536

    Revisiting this and wondering how Sister Rosetta Tharpe wasn't included? 10 years+ before Chuck Berry she was playing "rock" guitar in her solos, so arguably the godmother of rock n roll. A travesty to leave her out imo.

    • Aaron Howard
      Aaron Howard 2 ай бұрын +2

      I think "Mother of Rock" is a better description. I never got the Godmother/father thing. The real issue here is sexism. Music has always been a very sexist business. Women are never given the credit they deserve. Look up Maybelline Carter and Elizabeth Cotten, as well!

    • Impex7
      Impex7 7 ай бұрын +1


    • PaperCup
      PaperCup 8 ай бұрын

      @Return 2 Sender But of course - many people would not have a clue about the influencer/s behind the more famous names and work they do know. People today not knowing those original innovators is not a valid criterion for discounting them as significant influencers. That's exactly why people who do get to hear Sister RT and the very famous people she directly influenced (Chuck Berry, Elvis, anyone?) are so keen to let others know, to give her her fair recognition and secure her place in R&R history. And it's true, whether people like to hear it or not, that especially in the past, women tended to be ignored in favour of men, by the male record-keepers and writers of all kinds of history. ('His Story', as they rightly say...)

    • Sean Sweeney
      Sean Sweeney 8 ай бұрын +2

      @Lucky Dave my mistake on Gatemouth, I meant Cruddup! But Tampa as legend has it, wrote that with him... apparently Tampa took him under his wing and taught him a lot of technique and that song was a result of Tampa working with him. It's documented in a few places... and usually back then just one person is credited with writing. Often the wrong one as well!

    • Lucky Dave
      Lucky Dave 8 ай бұрын

      @Sean Sweeney That's Alright was written by Arthur Crudup not Gate or Tampa.

  • John Utzinger
    John Utzinger  Жыл бұрын

    So, I am not a guitarist, but, hailing from Southside Virginia, I am really surprised not to see Roy Clark. I heard another individual suggest that part of the reason that Clark never gets his due is that his skill has been ignored because he has been perceived as an entertainer rather than a performance artist. He is stunning to watch and hear pre-1969.

  • Wade Wilson
    Wade Wilson 8 ай бұрын +5

    Thank you for giving the credit to the pioneers of Blues, R&B, AND Rock n Roll. Without these guys you showed there would be no Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Slash, Randy Rhoads, Jimi Hendrix, John Mellencamp, EVH, you get the point.

  • antoniusmetal
    antoniusmetal 6 ай бұрын

    What's not mentioned here is there were tons of guitar based very popular musical genres in Latin America throughout the 20th century, such as bolero, pasillo, bambuco, trova, and tango (most people think of bandoneon and piano when they think of tango, but Carlos Gardel, the genre's greatest singer, sang to a great deal of songs that had guitars as their main instruments).