Monday, January 18, 2021

List Your FAV FIVE: Guitar Players

Last year, I got my readership to participate in LIST Your FAV FIVE: Songs, Albums, Singer-songwriters, and Rock 'N' Roll Bands. Over the course of this year, I'm now going to continue the series with a hodge-podge of music lists. This week, we start with guitarists.

So here's how YOU can easily participate in LIST Your FAV FIVE: Guitar Players.
  1. No matter the genre - Rock 'n' Roll, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Jazz, Classical, etc., list one guitar player per line on the Google form below. 
  2. Then after the name, make a dash (-) and name a favorite song of yours that guitar player performs on. 
    (Example Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze).
  3. You can list up to 5 guitar players and songs, but are only required to list one.* This last point is very important. I want this to be fun, not stressful. If you can name one guitar player and a song they shine on fine, but if you want to do more, all the better.
Now what I'm going to do is make a collective playlist from all the participants lists (with that great guitar).  I have already started the FAV FIVE Guitar Players playlist at the end of this post with my five selections and my wife Mary Kit's five selections. I will add your songs to the playlist as soon as I get them. All you have do is fill out the form and hit the SUBMIT button and we are good to go! I will look for submittals to add to the playlist until Sunday night, January 24th.

In creating the evolving playlist this week, I try to do two things: 1) Find a high quality audio YouTube video of a live clip or performance of the guitar player either in their band or solo; 2) If I can't find a quality live performance, I will opt for the artist's original audio track on video from their album.

I will also list your FAV FIVE List just above the playlist.

Another thing. There are no restrictions on the guitar player whether he or she are playing lead or rhythm electric or acoustic guitar. For example- It doesn't matter if you don't know if Keith Richards is playing lead or rhythm in the song (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, you just know he composed that famous intro guitar riff to kick off the song.

Here's a helpful list of great guitar players from Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists. (Guitar World's 100)

Jimi Hendrix • Eric Clapton • Jimmy Page • Keith Richards • Jeff Beck • B.B. King • Chuck Berry • 
Eddie Van Halen • Duane Allman • Pete Townshend • George Harrison • Stevie Ray Vaughan • 
Albert King • David Gilmour • Freddy King • Derek Trucks • Neil Young • Les Paul • 
James Burton • Carlos Santana • Chet Atkins • Frank Zappa • Buddy Guy • Angus Young •
Tony Iommi • Brian May • Bo Diddley • Johnny Ramone • Scotty Moore • Elmore James •
Ry Cooder • Billy Gibbons • Prince • Curtis Mayfield • John Lee Hooker • Randy Rhoads • 
Mick Taylor • The Edge • Steve Cropper • Tom Morello • Mick Ronson • Mike Bloomfield •
Hubert Sumlin • Mark Knopfler • Link Wray • Jerry Garcia •  Stephen Stills • Jonny Greenwood •
Muddy Waters • Ritchie Blackmore • Johnny Marr • Clarence White • Otis Rush • Joe Walsh • 
John Lennon • Albert Collins • Rory Gallagher • Peter Green • Robbie Robertson • Ron Asheton •
Dickey Betts • Robert Fripp • Johnny Winter • Duane Eddy • Slash • Leslie West • T-Bone Walker •
John McLaughlin • Richard Thompson • Jack White • Robert Johnson • John Frusciante • 
Kurt Cobain • Dick Dale • Joni Mitchell • Robby Krieger • Willie Nelson • John Fahey • 
Mike Campbell • Buddy Holly • Lou Reed • Nels Cline • Eddie Hazel • Joe Perry • Andy Summers • 
J Mascis • James Hetfield • Carl Perkins • Bonnie Raitt • Tom Verlaine • Dave Davies • 
Dimebag Darrell • Paul Simon • Peter Buck • Roger McGuinn • Bruce Springsteen • Steve Jones • 
Alex Lifeson • Thurston Moore • Lindsey Buckingham
Source for 100 bios above - or Wikipedia

Here's also a helpful list from me of great guitar players not listed in Rolling Stone's 100.
Leo Kottke
Andres Segovia
Source for bios above is Wikipedia

Doug's FAV FIVE Guitar Players - and a favorite song
  1. Eric Clapton- Circus
  2. Mark Knopfler - Sultans of Swing
  3. Mike Campbell - Refugee
  4. Leo Kottke - Watermelon
  5. Roger McGuinn - Turn! Turn! Turn!
Mary Kit's FAV FIVE Guitar Players - and a favorite song
  1. Keith Richards - Gimme Shelter
  2. Joe Walsh - Rocky Mountain Way
  3. John Fogerty - Up Around The Bend
  4. Lindsey Buckingham - The Chain
  5. Eddie Van Halen - Panama
Ron Zieman's FAV FIVE Guitar Players - and a favorite song
  1. Eric Clapton - Born Under a Bad Sign
  2. Jimi Hendrix - The Wind Cries Mary
  3. Jeff Beck - Shape of Things
  4. Eddie Van Halen - Unchained
  5. Keith Richards - Honky Tonk Women
Mark Hunter's FAV FIVE Guitar Players - and a favorite song
  1. Tommy Emmanuel - Guitar Boogie
  2. Jimi Hendrix - Voo Doo Child
  3. Eric Clapton - No Alibis
  4. Carlos Santana - Smooth
  5. Billy Strings - Dust in a Baggy
Paul Hobbs' FAV FIVE Guitar Players - and a favorite song
  1. George Harrison - The End ( 2nd solo in each round of 3) McCartney, George Harrison and Lennon perform a rotating sequence of three, two-bar guitar solos. The idea for a guitar instrumental over this section was Harrison's, and Lennon suggested that the three of them each play a section. The solos begin approximately 53 seconds into the song. Geoff Emerick, the Beatles' recording engineer, later recalled: "John, Paul and George looked like they had gone back in time, like they were kids again, playing together for the sheer enjoyment of it. More than anything, they reminded me of gunslingers, with their guitars strapped on, looks of steely-eyed resolve, determined to outdo one another. Yet there was no animosity, no tension at all – you could tell they were simply having fun." Wikipedia
  2. Jimi Hendrix - Old Times Good Times (on Stephen Stills 1)
  3. James Taylor - Secret O’ Life
  4. Steve Howe - Mood For A Day
  5. Phoebe Snow - Let The Good Times Roll
Spencer Stark's FAV FIVE Guitar Players - and a favorite song
  1. Mike McCready - Yellow Ledbetter
  2. Jerry Cantrell - Bleed the Freak
  3. Jimi Hendrix - Red House
  4. Slash - November Rain
  5. Carlos Santana - Corazon Espinado
Elliot Stark's FAV FIVE Guitar Players - and a favorite song (My nine year-old granddaughter)
  1. Angus Young - Thunderstruck
  2. Mike McCready - Red Mosquito
  3. Carlos Santana - Africa Bamba
  4. Jeff Lynne - Mr. Blue Sky
  5. Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do
Bill DeVoe's FAV FIVE Guitar Players - and a favorite song
  1. Stevie Ray Vaughn, B.B. King, Albert King, Paul Butterfield - The Sky Is Crying
  2. Mark Knopfler - Brothers in Arms
  3. Joe Bonamassa - I'll Play The Blues For You
  4. Steve Cropper - Green Onions
  5. Dick Dale - Misirlou
Ken Forman's FAV FIVE Guitar Players - and a favorite song
  1. George Harrison - Here Comes the Sun
  2. Joe Walsh - Funk 49
  3. Neil Young - Down By the River
  4. James Taylor - Me and My Guitar
  5. Todd Snider - Enough
Roger Demchak's FAV FIVE Guitar Players - and a favorite song
  1. Eddie Van Halen - Hot for Teacher
  2. Jimmy Hendrix - Stone Free
  3. Jimmy Page - Since I've been loving you
  4. Eric Clapton - Crossroads
  5. Joe Perry - What it Takes
Number of Times Guitarist Picked
5 - Jimmy Hendrix
4 - Eric Clapton
3 - Eddie Van Halen
3 - Carlos Santana
2 - George Harrison
2 - Mark Knopfler
2 - James Taylor
2 - Joe Walsh
2 - Keith Richards
2 - Mike McCready

Now it's your turn.


Our Collective FAV FIVE Guitar Players Playlist (all mixed up & growing)

1 comment:

  1. Fun to break out the top 5 list again. It’s great to compare, and queue up different contributors lists and let them roll as you go about your bidness. Everybody’s got a lesson to learn as well as a lesson to be taught. I’m ready to explore the musical choices of my friends.


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