Top guitarists most folks don't know by name

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    Top guitarists most folks don't know by name

    For all the legendary bands, the lead axeman is an iconic figure. Page. EVH. Townshend. Clapton. You get the point. Lots of others we all know fit here.

    Other guys, however, toil in somewhat relative anonymity, possibly even among the band's casual fans. Those guys do some amazing work, and this is the place to highlight this.
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    Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the amazing Johnny Hickman.

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    I will go with a women. Carol Kaye. Who's that playing bass on those beach boy songs. Miss Kaye!!

    Throughout the 1960s, Kaye played bass on a significant percentage of records that appeared on the Billboard Hot 100, though almost wholly unknown to the general public at the time. It has been estimated that she played in 10,000 recording sessions.[4] Kaye played bass on many of the Beach Boys hit recordings, including "Help Me, Rhonda", "Sloop John B", and "California Girls". She worked on Brian Wilson's ill-fated but legendary Smile project and was present at the "Fire" session in late November 1966 when Wilson reportedly asked the studio musicians to wear toy fire hats. Kaye's work also appears extensively on well-known television and film soundtracks from the 1960s and early 1970s.

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    My favorite member of my favorite band. Richard Williams.

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    Adrian Legg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swamprat View Post
    My favorite member of my favorite band. Richard Williams.
    Quote Originally Posted by mcpapa View Post
    Adrian Legg.
    Details, guys.

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    Dennis Coffey...
    This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Schue View Post
    Details, guys.
    A quick sample.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang75 View Post
    I will go with a women. Carol Kaye. Who's that playing bass on those beach boy songs. Miss Kaye!!

    Throughout the 1960s, Kaye played bass on a significant percentage of records that appeared on the Billboard Hot 100, though almost wholly unknown to the general public at the time. It has been estimated that she played in 10,000 recording sessions.[4] Kaye played bass on many of the Beach Boys hit recordings, including "Help Me, Rhonda", "Sloop John B", and "California Girls". She worked on Brian Wilson's ill-fated but legendary Smile project and was present at the "Fire" session in late November 1966 when Wilson reportedly asked the studio musicians to wear toy fire hats. Kaye's work also appears extensively on well-known television and film soundtracks from the 1960s and early 1970s.
    This is so incredibly interesting. I had never heard of her. She's 80 years old now and if you go to her website she'll give you a $50 Bass or Guitar lesson on Skype. How cool is that?

    This made me think of another woman who I was asleep about until recently. She's considered the Godmother of Rock n' Roll. Sister Rosetta Tharpe would be 100 if she were still alive. She was a huge influence years ago in the early days of rock n' roll guitar, and performed professionally from the 1930's to around 1970.

    Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Super interesting biography of her:


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    Loved me some Mark Knopfler.

    Hard to go wrong with BB King.

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    Not a legendary band, but most never heard of Vernon Reid but I know most know this song. He wrote this tune as well, he can definitely tickle the strings.

    3:00 mark for the solo.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Schue View Post
    Details, guys.

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    I was watching Conan one night about 1/2 asleep. This Jethro Bodine looking dude in a Cowboy hat is singing about the Highway Patrol and in the middle of it morphs into Jimmy Hendrix. I became an immediate fan of Junior Brown.


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    This 14 year old girl isn't too bad, either.


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    I'm a fan of Steve Stevens.

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