Monthly Archives: September 2015

Quote Of The Week

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

— Joseph Chilton Pearce

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This Week In Music (27 September – 3 October)

Songs at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts on 27 Sep:

Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison and The Candy Men, 1964
Eve Of Destruction by Barry McGuire, 1965
Cherish by The Association, 1966
The Letter by The Box Tops, 1967
Harper Valley P.T.A. by Jeannie C. Riley, 1968
Sugar, Sugar by The Archies, 1969
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Diana Ross, 1970
Go Away Little Girl by Donny Osmond, 1971
Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me by Mac Davis, 1972
Delta Dawn by Helen Reddy, 1973

Other notables this week:

It Hurts To Be In Love by Gene Pitney, peaked at Number 7 in 1964
Beauty Is Only Skin Deep by The Temptations, peaked at Number 3 in 1966
Black Is Black by Los Bravos, peaked at Number 4 in 1966
Funky Broadway by Wilson Pickett, peaked at Number 8 in 1967
Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison, peaked at Number 10 in 1967
The Fool On The Hill by Sergio Mendes, peaked at Number 6 in 1968
I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You by The Bee Gees, peaked at Number 8 in 1968
Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival, peaked at Number 2 in 1969
Easy To Be Hard by Three Dog Night, peaked at Number 4 in 1969
Oh, What A Night by The Dells, peaked at Number 10 in 1969
Lookin’ Out My Back Door / Long As I Can See The Light by Creedence Clearwater Revival, peaked at Number 2 in 1970
Candida by Dawn, peaked at Number 3 in 1970
(I Know) I’m Losing You by Rare Earth, peaked at Number 7 in 1970
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by Joan Baez, peaked at Number 3 in 1971
My Maria by B.W. Stevenson, peaked at Number 9 in 1973

Birthdays:

Vladimir Horowitz, 1 October 1903
Charles Randolph Grean, 1 October 1913
Buddy Rich, 30 September 1917
Roger Williams, 1 October 1924
Oliver “Bud” Dashiell, 28 September 1929
Richard Harris, 1 October 1930
Billy Strange, 29 September 1930
Albert Collins, 1 October 1932
Cissy Houston, 30 September 1933
Geoff Stephens, 1 October 1934
Julie Andrews, 1 October 1935
Rene Herrera, 2 October 1935
Jerry Lee Lewis, 29 September 1935
Johnny Mathis, 30 September 1935
Z. Z. Hill, 30 September 1935
Eddie Cochran, 3 October 1938
Ben E. King, 28 September 1938
Tommy Boyce, 29 September 1939
Alan O’Day, 3 October 1940
Dewey Martin, 30 September 1940
Chubby Checker, 3 October 1941
Don Nix, 27 September 1941
Herb Fame, 1 October 1942
Jean-Luc Ponty, 29 September 1942
Frankie Lymon, 30 September 1942
Randy Bachman, 27 September 1943
Klaus “Nick St. Nicholas” Kassbaum, 28 September 1943
Marilyn McCoo, 30 September 1943
Herb Rhoad, 1 October 1944
Mike Post, 29 September 1944
Donny Hathaway, 1 October 1945
Don McLean, 2 October 1945
Mariska Veres, 1 October 1947
Meat Loaf, 27 September 1947
Marc Bolan, 30 September 1947
Michael “Cub” Koda, 1 October 1948
Chris LeDoux, 2 October 1948
Mark Farner, 29 September 1948
Richard Hell, 2 October 1949
Lindsey Buckingham, 3 October 1949
Jimmy “Bo” Horne, 28 September 1949
Mike Rutherford, 2 October 1950
Ronnie Laws, 3 October 1950
John “J.C.” Curulewski, 3 October 1950
Linda Lewis, 27 September 1950
Sting, 2 October 1951
Keb’ Mo’, 3 October 1951
Stevie Ray Vaughan, 3 October 1954
Patrice Rushen, 30 September 1954
Allen Woody, 3 October 1955
Shaun Cassidy, 27 September 1958

Remembrances:

Dave Lambert, 3 October 1966
Al Jackson, Jr., 1 October 1975
Mary Ford, 30 September 1977
Jimmy McCulloch, 27 September 1979
Miles Davis, 28 September 1991
Harry Ray, 1 October 1992
Ronnie Aldrich, 30 September 1993
Allen Johnson, 28 September 1995
Benjamin Orr, 3 October 2000
Mickey Newbury, 29 September 2002
Bruce Palmer, 1 October 2004
Prentiss Barnes, 1 October 2006
Dale Houston, 27 September 2007
Nick Reynolds, 1 October 2008
David M. Bailey, 2 October 2010
Art Jarvinen, 2 October 2010
Eddie Platt, 3 October 2010
Buddy Morrow, 27 September 2010
Ed Wiley, Jr., 27 September 2010
Dolores Wilson, 28 September 2010
Aaron-Carl Ragland, 30 September 2010
Tony Thibodeaux, 30 September 2010
Butch Ballard, 1 October 2011
David Bedford, 1 October 2011
Johnny “Country” Mathis, 27 September 2011
Johnnie Wright, 27 September 2011
Nonie Lynch, 29 September 2011
Sylvia Robinson, 29 September 2011
Marv Tarplin, 30 September 2011
Marjorie Lane, 2 October 2012
Big Jim Sullivan, 2 October 2012
Kathi McDonald, 3 October 2012
Eddie Bert, 27 September 2012
R. B. Greaves, 27 September 2012
Frank Wilson, 27 September 2012
Larry Cunningham, 28 September 2012
Raylene Rankin, 30 September 2012
Frank D’Rone, 3 October 2013
B. B. Watson, 28 September 2013
George Amon Webster, 28 September 2013
Ramblin’ Tommy Scott, 30 September 2013
Zulema, 30 September 2013
George Roberts, 28 September 2014
Sheila Tracy, 30 September 2014
Lynsey de Paul, 1 October 2014
Michael Goldberg, 2 October 2014
The Spaceape, 2 October 2014
Nati Cano, 3 October 2014

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Quote Of The Week

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

— Will Durant

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This Week In Music (20-26 September)

Songs at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts on 20 Sep:

House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals, 1964
Help! by The Beatles, 1965
You Can’t Hurry Love by The Supremes, 1966
Ode To Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry, 1967
People Got To Be Free by The Rascals, 1968
Sugar, Sugar by The Archies, 1969
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Diana Ross, 1970
Go Away Little Girl by Donny Osmond, 1971
Black And White by Three Dog Night, 1972
Delta Dawn by Helen Reddy, 1973

Other notables this week:

G.T.O. by Ronny and The Daytonas, peaked at Number 4 in 1964
Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand) by The Shangri-Las, peaked at Number 5 in 1964
Save It For Me by The 4 Seasons, peaked at Number 10 in 1964
You Were On My Mind by We Five, peaked at Number 3 in 1965
Catch Us If You Can by The Dave Clark Five, peaked at Number 4 in 1965
Heart Full Of Soul by The Yardbirds, peaked at Number 9 in 1965
Laugh At Me by Sonny, peaked at Number 10 in 1965
Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie by Jay and The Techniques, peaked at Number 6 in 1967
I Dig Rock And Roll Music by Peter, Paul & Mary, peaked at Number 9 in 1967
Hush by Deep Purple, peaked at Number 4 in 1968
Snowbird by Anne Murray, peaked at Number 8 in 1970
Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get by The Dramatics, peaked at Number 9 in 1971
Saturday In The Park by Chicago, peaked at Number 3 in 1972
Honky Cat by Elton John, peaked at Number 8 in 1972

Birthdays:

George Gershwin, 26 September 1898
Leroy Holmes, 22 September 1913
Chico Hamilton, 20 September 1921
Eric Rogers, 25 September 1921
Bobby Nunn, 20 September 1925
Marty Robbins, 26 September 1925
John Coltrane, 23 September 1926
Julie London, 26 September 1926
Ward Swingle, 21 September 1927
Joni James, 22 September 1930
Ray Charles, 23 September 1930
Travis Edmonson, 23 September 1932
Mel Taylor, 24 September 1933
Ian Tyson, 25 September 1933
Leonard Cohen, 21 September 1934
Les McCann, 23 September 1935
James “Shep” Sheppard, 24 September 1935
Dickey Lee, 21 September 1936
Eric Gale, 20 September 1938
Roy Buchanan, 23 September 1939
Wayne Henderson, 24 September 1939
Sweet Louie Smith, 25 September 1939
Tim Rose, 23 September 1940
Barbara Allbut, 24 September 1940
Creadel “Red” Jones, 26 September 1940
Joe Bauer, 26 September 1941
Marlena Shaw, 22 September 1942
Gerry Marsden, 24 September 1942
Phyllis “Jiggs” Allbut, 24 September 1942
Steve Boone, 23 September 1943
Gary Alexander, 25 September 1943
John Locke, 25 September 1943
Paul Petersen, 23 September 1945
Onnie McIntyre, 25 September 1945
Bryan Ferry, 26 September 1945
Bryan MacLean, 25 September 1946
Don Felder, 21 September 1947
Mary Kay Place, 23 September 1947
Lynn Anderson, 26 September 1947
John Panozzo, 20 September 1948
Chuck Panozzo, 20 September 1948
Kathi McDonald, 25 September 1948
Olivia Newton-John, 26 September 1948
Bruce Springsteen, 23 September 1949
Dave Gregory, 21 September 1952
Debby Boone, 22 September 1956
Joan Jett, 22 September 1958

Remembrances:

Jim Croce, 20 September 1973
Walter Brennan, 21 September 1974
Robbie McIntosh, 23 September 1974
John “Bonzo” Bonham, 25 September 1980
Steve Goodman, 20 September 1984
Jaco Pastorius, 21 September 1987
Norman Luboff, 22 September 1987
Billy Vaughn, 26 September 1991
Steve Scruggs, 23 September 1992
Paul Weston, 20 September 1996
Larry Hall, 24 September 1997
Betty Carter, 26 September 1998
Tim Rose, 24 September 2002
Robert Palmer, 26 September 2003
Raymond “Boz” Burrell, 21 September 2006
Jamie Lyons, 25 September 2006
Don Partridge, 21 September 2010
Rual Yarbrough, 21 September 2010
Eddie Fisher, 22 September 2010
Johnny Edgecombe, 26 September 2010
Frank Driggs, 20 September 2011
John Du Cann, 21 September 2011
Vesta Williams, 22 September 2011
Jessy Dixon, 26 September 2011
José Curbelo, 21 September 2012
Billy Barnes, 25 September 2012
Andy Williams, 25 September 2012
M’el Dowd, 26 September 2012
Gia Maione, 23 September 2013
Billy Mure, 25 September 2013
Polly Bergen, 20 September 2014
Pete Shutler, 21 September 2014
Christopher Hogwood, 24 September 2014

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Quote Of The Week

“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.”

— Arnold Bennett

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This Week In Music (13-19 September)

Songs peaking at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot100 Charts:

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Diana Ross, 1970
Black And White by Three Dog Night, 1972
Delta Dawn by Helen Reddy, 1973

Other notables this week:

Bread And Butter by The Newbeats, peaked at Number 2 in 1964
It Ain’t Me, Babe by The Turtles, peaked at Number 8 in 1965
Yellow Submarine by The Beatles, peaked at Number 2 in 1966
Bus Stop by The Hollies, peaked at Number 5 in 1966
Wouldn’t It Be Nice by The Beach Boys, peaked at Number 8 in 1966
Guantanamera by The Sandpipers, peaked at Number 9 in 1966
You’re My Everything by The Temptations, peaked at Number 6 in 1967
San Franciscan Nights by The Animals, peaked at Number 9 in 1967
1, 2, 3, Red Light by 1910 Fruitgum Co., peaked at Number 5 in 1968
You’re All I Need To Get By by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, peaked at Number 7 in 1968
I’ll Never Fall In Love Again by Tom Jones, peaked at Number 6 in 1969
Patches by Clarence Carter, peaked at Number 4 in 1970
Julie, Do Ya Love Me by Bobby Sherman, peaked at Number 5 in 1970
Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers, peaked at Number 3 in 1971
Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose by Dawn, peaked at Number 3 in 1973
Gypsy Man by War, peaked at Number 8 in 1973

Bill Withers - Sussex SUX-219 - A-side - Ain't No Sunshine

Birthdays:

Jon Hendricks, 16 September 1921
Billy Ward, 19 September 1921
Yma Sumac, 13 September 1922
Charles Brown, 13 September 1922
Hank Williams, 17 September 1923
Bobby Short, 15 September 1924
Mel Torme, 13 September 1925
B.B. King, 16 September 1925
Charlie Byrd, 16 September 1925
Bill Black, 17 September 1926
Brother Jack McDuff, 17 September 1926
Nick Massi, 19 September 1927
Cannonball Adderley, 15 September 1928
Brook Benton, 19 September 1931
Jimmie Rodgers, 18 September 1933
David McCallum, 19 September 1933
George Chakiris, 16 September 1934
Richard Blandon, 16 September 1934
Brian Epstein, 19 September 1934
Gene Page, 13 September 1939
Jimmy James, 13 September 1940
Frankie Avalon, 18 September 1940
Bill Medley, 19 September 1940
Sylvia Fricker, 19 September 1940
Paul Williams, 19 September 1940
David Clayton-Thomas, 13 September 1941
Joe Butler, 16 September 1941
Tony Duhig, 18 September 1941
Mama Cass Elliot, 19 September 1941
Freda Payne, 19 September 1942
Mike Arnone, 19 September 1942
Peter Cetera, 13 September 1944
Joey Heatherton, 14 September 1944
Michael Franks, 18 September 1944
David Bromberg, 19 September 1945
Austin Roberts, 19 September 1945
Lol Crème, 19 September 1947
Ron Blair, 16 September 1948
Ed King, 14 September 1949
Steve Gaines, 14 September 1949
Fred “Sonic” Smith, 14 September 1949
Paul Kossoff, 14 September 1950
David Bellamy, 16 September 1950
Dee Dee Ramone, 18 September 1951
Nile Rodgers, 19 September 1952
Earl Klugh, 16 September 1953
Barry Cowsill, 14 September 1954
Rex Smith, 19 September 1955
Trisha Yearwood, 19 September 1964

Remembrances:

Jimi Hendrix, 18 September 1970
Gram Parsons, 19 September 1973
Maria Callas, 16 September 1977
Marc Bolan, 16 September 1977
Bill Evans, 15 September 1980
Walter “Furry” Lewis, 14 September 1981
Willie Bobo, 15 September 1983
Perez Prado, 14 September 1989
Rob Tyner, 17 September 1991
Jimmie Nabbie, 15 September 1992
Jimmy Witherspoon, 18 September 1997
Ed Cobb, 19 September 1999
Michael Knust, 15 September 2003
Johnny Ramone, 15 September 2004
Skeeter Davis, 19 September 2004
Willie Hutch, 19 September 2005
Richard Wright, 15 September 2008
Mary Travers, 16 September 2009
Arthur Ferrante, 19 September 2009
Whitey Grant, 17 September 2010
Buddy Collette, 19 September 2010
Wilma Lee Cooper, 13 September 2011
Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, 16 September 2011
James “Sugar Boy” Crawford, 15 September 2012
Leo Goeke, 18 September 2012
Peter Aston, 13 September 2013
Jackie Lomax, 15 September 2013
Mac Curtis, 16 September 2013
Jimmy Ponder, 16 September 2013
Larry Lake, 17 September 2013
Marvin Rainwater, 17 September 2013
Lindsay Cooper, 18 September 2013
Jackie Cain, 15 September 2014
Mary Speer, 16 September 2014
George Hamilton IV, 17 September 2014
Margie Day, 18 September 2014
Kenny Wheeler, 18 September 2014

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Guitarist Rankings or The Greatest Guitarist

The Greatest Guitarist

Over the years I’ve heard many people claim this person or that is the greatest guitarist of all time.  I’ve read several lists claiming to reveal who is the greatest, but those lists didn’t always agree.  The whole idea is subjective and based largely on personal preferences of style of play.  Recently, I began researching Robert Johnson, a blues guitarist from the 1930’s, for a novel I am writing, and the question of the greatest guitarist of all time was once again raised.  I decided to look at the question a bit deeper, but instead of compiling my own subjective list, I chose to compile a list based on other lists.  My hope was that a composite list, based on several published lists, would be more objective than any one list.

Online I found seven lists of the greatest guitarists.  I rejected two for inclusion, leaving me with five to work with.  Six of the seven listed 100 guitarists, but the seventh listed only 11.  I excluded the short one simply because I was unsure how to compare a list of only 11 with other lists of 100.  I rejected a second list because of a generational bias.  This list, from Spin.com, contained only very recent guitarists and none from the 1960’s or 1970’s, or even very few from the 1980’s.  Only a handful of guitarists on this list was found on any of the other lists.  While any list of guitarists is subjective, the obvious generational bias in this list resulted in such blatant subjectivity that I felt it could not be included.  The other lists at least tried to be objective.  The final five lists were from Rolling Stone, Gigwise.com, Gibson.com, Guitar World, and Ranker.com.

The remaining five lists included 177 guitarists.  Many of them were included on only one of the five lists.  It seems improbable to me that one of the truly greats would be listed on only one list.  So, I excluded any that showed up only once, leaving 109 guitarists.  Their ranking below is based on an average of all their rankings.  The numbers after each name are the average ranking, the number of lists, and the range of rankings on those lists.  For example, Robert Johnson, whose guitar skills inspired me to consider this topic, has an average ranking of 27.2, while appearing on all five lists with rankings ranging from 8 to 71, thus he is listed as (27.2, n=5, range=8-71).  Ties were broken by the best ranking in any single list.

  1. Jimi Hendrix (1.6, n=5, range=1-4)
  2. Jimmy Page (3.0, n=5, range=2-6)
  3. Eric Clapton (8.6, n=5, range=2-28)
  4. Stevie Ray Vaughan (9.2, n=5, range=4-12)
  5. Eddie Van Halen (9.4, n=5, range=1-26)
  6. Joe Satriani (10.7, n=3, range=5-16)
  7. Jeff Beck (13.6, n=5, range=5-39)
  8. Keith Richards (14.8, n=5, range=3-40)
  9. Duane Allman (15.0, n=5, range=7-29)
  10. Chuck Berry (16.4, n=5, range=5-44)
  11. Les Paul (16.5, n=4, range=12-22)
  12. Steve Vai (16.7, n=3, range=10-24)
  13. Brian May (17.2, n=4, range=2-31)
  14. BB King (17.8, n=5, range=3-55)
  15. David Gilmour (18.0, n=5, range=7-41)
  16. Tony Iommi (18.5, n=4, range=7-25)
  17. George Harrison (19.4, n=5, range=11-30)
  18. Randy Rhoads (20.3, n=3, range=11-36)
  19. Chet Atkins (21.7, n=4, range=8-30)
  20. Carlos Santana (23.7, n=4, range=9-42)
  21. Pete Townshend (24.0, n=5, range=10-65)
  22. Angus Young (26.6, n=5, range=13-50)
  23. Robert Johnson (27.2, n=5, range=8-71)
  24. Buddy Guy (27.3, n=4, range=23-35)
  25. Mike Bloomfield (29.0, n=2, range=16-42)
  26. Kirk Hammett (29.3, n=3, range=5-47)
  27. Django Reinhart (29.3, n=3, range=20-36)
  28. Frank Zappa (29.6, n=4, range=22-39)
  29. John Petrucci (30.0, n=2, range=17-43)
  30. Johnny Ramone (30.0, n=2, range=28-32)
  31. Prince (31.0, n=4, range=14-40)
  32. Zakk Wylde (31.0, n=2, range=18-44)
  33. Scotty Moore (31.0, n=2, range=29-33)
  34. Billy Gibbons (32.0, n=3, range=29-35)
  35. Johnny Marr (32.3, n=3, range=21-51)
  36. Slash (32.6, n=5, range=21-65)
  37. Jonny Greenwood (included with Ed O’Brien on one list) (34.3, n=3, range=27-48)
  38. Ritchie Blackmore (34.6, n=4, range=19-50)
  39. Ry Cooder (36.7, n=4, range=18-66)
  40. Bo Diddley (37.7, n=4, range=27-60)
  41. Dave Mustaine (38.0, n=2, range=12-64)
  42. Yngwie Malmsteen (40.5, n=2, range=38-43)
  43. Jerry Garcia (41.0, n=4, range=13-54)
  44. Kerry King (41.5, n=2, range=14-69)
  45. Ron Asheton (42.0, n=2, range=24-60)
  46. John Lee Hooker (42.0, n=3, range=31-60)
  47. Alex Lifeson (42.3, n=3, range=3-98)
  48. Neil Young (43.0, n=5, range=17-88)
  49. Hubert Sumlin (43.5, n=2, range=43-44)
  50. Freddie King (44.0, n=2, range=15-73)
  51. Andres Segovia (44.7, n=2, range=42-47.5)
  52. Joe Walsh (45.0, n=3, range=29-54)
  53. Tom Morello (45.2, n=4, range=22-62)
  54. Steve Cropper (46.3, n=3, range=15-85)
  55. Steve Howe (47.0, n=2, range=33-61)
  56. The Edge (47.5, n=4, range=23-95)
  57. Roy Buchanan (47.5, n=2, range=30-65)
  58. Eric Johnson (47.5, n=2, range=47-48)
  59. Clarence White (48.0, n=2, range=44-52)
  60. Kurt Cobain (48.5, n=3, range=23-73)
  61. Albert King (49.3, n=3, range=13-94)
  62. Mark Knopfler (50.3, n=3, range=11-96)
  63. Dimebag Darrell (51.0, n=3, range=9-92)
  64. Mick Ronson (52.0, n=4, range=19-99)
  65. Rory Gallagher (52.0, n=4, range=34-73)
  66. James Hetfield (53.0, n=2, range=19-87)
  67. Jack White (53.2, n=5, range=13-95)
  68. John Frusciante (53.7, n=4, range=44-72)
  69. Gary Moore (54.5, n=2, range=30-79)
  70. Warren Haynes (54.5, n=2, range=35-74)
  71. Michael Schenker (54.5, n=2, range=41-68)
  72. Joe Bonamassa (54.5, n=2, range=48-61)
  73. Glenn Tipton (55.5, n=2, range=28-83)
  74. Richard Thompson (56.5, n=2, range=44-69)
  75. Derek Trucks (57.3, n=3, range=16-98)
  76. Mike Campbell (57.7, n=2, range=36.5-79)
  77. Mick Taylor (58.0, n=2, range=37-79)
  78. Muddy Waters (58.0, n=2, range=49-67)
  79. Johnny Winter (58.3, n=3, range=45-67)
  80. Dickey Betts (58.7, n=3, range=31-84)
  81. Lou Reed (59.5, n=2, range=38-81)
  82. John McLaughlin (62.0, n=3, range=55-68)
  83. Al Di Meola (63.0, n=2, range=50-76)
  84. Jerry Cantrell (64.0, n=2, range=37-91)
  85. Buckethead (64.0, n=2, range=38-90)
  86. Marty Friedman (64.5, n=2, range=37-92)
  87. Robin Trower (65.0, n=2, range=40-90)
  88. Peter Green (65.0, n=2, range=58-72)
  89. Robert Fripp (65.6, n=4, range=47.5-82)
  90. Peter Frampton (66.0, n=2, range=46-86)
  91. Lindsey Buckingham (68.3, n=3, range=56-100)
  92. Thurston Moore (included with Lee Ranaldo on one list) (68.5, n=2, range=38-99)
  93. Steve Jones (68.5, n=2, range=40-97)
  94. Wes Montgomery (68.7, n=3, range=18-100)
  95. Albert Collins (71.0, n=2, range=56-86)
  96. Stephen Stills (71.5, n=2, range=47-96)
  97. Ted Nugent (71,5, n=2, range=69-74)
  98. Joe Perry (72.0, n=3, range=57-84)
  99. John Lennon (74.5, n=2, range=55-94)
  100. Steve Morse (76.5, n=2, range=72-81)
  101. Dick Dale (78.5, n=2, range=74-83)
  102. T-Bone Walker (79.0, n=2, range=67-91)
  103. Ace Frehley (81.0, n=2, range=70-92)
  104. Andy Summers (81.0, n=2, range=77-85)
  105. Buddy Holly (81.0, n=2, range=80-82)
  106. Leslie West (83.0, n=2, range=66-100)
  107. George Lynch (83.0, n=2, range=68-98)
  108. Carl Perkins (83.0, n=2, range=78-88)
  109. Robbie Krieger (84.5, n=2, range=76-93)

Jimi Hendrix at number one is not surprising.  In fact, the top five, or even ten, are not real surprising.  What I find interesting is the wide range of rankings for some of the guitarists on this list.  For example, Eric Clapton comes in third, but his rankings range from 2 to 28.  So, overall, Slow Hand is considered the third best of all time, but on one of the lists he managed only a ranking of 28.  Did I say these types of lists are subjective?  Another example is Albert King, one of my personal favorites.  His rankings go from a high of 13 to a low of 94.  I guess he really was born under a bad sign.

So, there’s the composite list.  Is it perfect?  No, but what subjective list of this type could ever be perfect.  There will always be someone whose favorite was not ranked high enough, or feels that some guitarist is ranked too high.  What I’ve tried to be is objective.  So, enjoy the list.  Maybe take some time to listen to some of the axe men whose work is unfamiliar to you.  Rock On!

 

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Quote Of The Week

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”

— Rosalynn Carter

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This Week In Music (6-12 September)

Songs peaking at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts:

You Can’t Hurry Love by The Supremes, 1966
Go Away Little Girl by Donny Osmond, 1971
Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye, 1973

Other notables this week:

Because by The Dave Clark Five, peaked at Number 3 in 1964
Land Of 1000 Dances by Wilson Pickett, peaked at Number 6 in 1966
Reflections by The Supremes, peaked at Number 2 in 1967
Come Back When You Grow Up by Bobby Vee, peaked at Number 3 in 1967
Baby I Love You by Aretha Franklin, peaked at Number 4 in 1967
The House That Jack Built by Aretha Franklin, peaked at Number 6 in 1968
Get Together by The Youngbloods, peaked at Number 5 in 1969
Lay Lady Lay by Bob Dylan, peaked at Number 7 in 1969
In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry, peaked at Number 3 in 1970
25 Or 6 To 4 by Chicago, peaked at Number 4 in 1970
Spanish Harlem by Aretha Franklin, peaked at Number 2 in 1971
I Just Want To Celebrate by Rare Earth, peaked at Number 7 in 1971
Rock And Roll Part 2 by Gary Glitter, peaked at Number 7 in 1972
Here I Am (Come And Take Me) by Al Green, peaked at Number 10 in 1973

Chicago - Columbia 4-45194 - A-side - 25 Or 6 To 4

Birthdays:

Arthur Ferrante, 7 September 1921
Jimmy Reed, 6 September 1925
Ronnie Gilbert, 7 September 1926
Jake Carey, 9 September 1926
Earl Nelson, 8 September 1928
Sonny Rollins, 7 September 1930
George Jones, 12 September 1931
Patsy Cline, 8 September 1932
Jewel Akens, 12 September 1933
Little Milton, 7 September 1934
Waldo De Los Rios, 7 September 1934
Ronnie Dove, 7 September 1935
Buddy Holly, 7 September 1936
Latimore, 7 September 1939
Joe Negroni, 9 September 1940
Roy Ayers, 10 September 1940
Otis Redding, 9 September 1941
Luther Rabb, 7 September 1942
Brian Cole, 8 September 1942
Inez Foxx, 9 September 1942
Danny Hutton, 10 September 1942
Roger Waters, 6 September 1943
Mickey Hart, 11 September 1943
Maria Muldaur, 12 September 1943
Barry White, 12 September 1944
Kelly Groucutt, 8 September 1945
Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, 8 September 1945
Cathy Jean, 8 September 1945
Dee Dee Sharp, 9 September 1945
Jose Feliciano, 10 September 1945
Leo Kottke, 11 September 1945
Dean Daughtry, 8 September 1946
Andrea Simpson, 9 September 1946
Bruce Palmer, 9 September 1946
Dennis Tufano, 11 September 1946
Dickie Peterson, 12 September 1946
Sylvester, 6 September 1947
Benjamin Orr, 8 September 1947
Freddy Weller, 9 September 1947
Claydes Smith, 6 September 1948
Gloria Gaynor, 7 September 1949
Joe Perry, 10 September 1950
Morris Albert, 7 September 1951
Chrissie Hynde, 7 September 1951
Gerry Beckley, 12 September 1952
Neil Peart, 12 September 1952
Benmont Tench, 7 September 1953
Tommy Shaw, 11 September 1953
Harry Connick, Jr., 11 September 1967

Remembrances:

Keith Moon, 7 September 1978
Norrie Paramor, 9 September 1979
Bob Sharples, 8 September 1987
Lorne Greene, 11 September 1987
Peter Tosh, 11 September 1987
Tom Fogerty, 6 September 1990
Nicky Hopkins, 6 September 1994
James Epps, 11 September 2000
Stanley Turrentine, 12 September 2000
Erma Franklin, 7 September 2002
Peter Tetteroo, 9 September 2002
Warren Zevon, 7 September 2003
Johnny Cash, 12 September 2003
Luciano Pavarotti, 6 September 2007
Hughie Thomasson, 9 September 2007
Josef Zawinul, 11 September 2007
Hadley Caliman, 8 September 2010
Rich Cronin, 8 September 2010
King Coleman, 11 September 2010
Eddie Marshall, 7 September 2011
Graham Collier, 10 September 2011
Wade Mainer, 12 September 2011
Dorothy McGuire, 7 September 2012
Rollin Sullivan, 7 September 2012
Steven Springer, 10 September 2012
William Schatzkamer, 12 September 2012
Fred Katz, 7 September 2013
Forrest, 9 September 2013
Ray Dolby, 12 September 2013
Joan Regan, 12 September 2013
Gerald Wilson, 8 September 2014
Antonín Tucapský, 9 September 2014
Robert Young, 9 September 2014
Bob Crewe, 11 September 2014
John Gustafson, 12 September 2014
Joe Sample, 12 September 2014

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Quote Of The Week

“Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.”

— Theodore Vail

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