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Happy Birthday Albert Collins!

October 1st, 2009 GuitarDaddy 1 comment

Albert Collins was born on October 1, 1932. We lost him 1993.  He was one amazing blues guitarist.

AlbertCollinsAlbert had several nicknames, including: “The Ice Man”, “The Master of the Telecaster” and “The Razor Blade”.

Collins was popular throughout the 1980′s and early 1990′s and was an influence for other guitarists… namely: Robert Cray, Gary Moore, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jonny Lang, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and John Mayer.

In 1983, he won won the award for best blues album of the year with “Don’t Lose Your Cool”.  In 1985, he shared a Grammy for the album Showdown!, which he recorded with Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland.

Collins also performed at Live Aid in 1985, playing “The Sky Is Crying”.

Collins will always be remembered for his live performances, where he would often come down from the stage and mingle with the audience.  Throughout his career, Albert Collins collaborated with Ronnie Wood, Jimmy Page, Robert Cray, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King and Eric Clapton.  Not bad company!

Happy 77th Birthday Albert Collins!  We miss you!

Happy Birthday Edge!

August 8th, 2009 GuitarDaddy No comments

Edge

David Howell Evans was born on August 8, 1961. He is more widely known by his nickname and stage name The Edge (or simply just Edge).

Edge is best known as the guitarist, keyboardist, and main backing vocalist for the rock band U2. The Edge’s unmistakable guitar sound (clean, sharp, incisive, and cutting-Edge) is part of U2′s trademark. The characteristic and mesmerizing sounds and the emotions he expresses through them make him one of the most respected guitarists in rock and roll.

In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine named him at #24 on their list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.[2].

Happy Birthday Edge!

Happy Birthday Carlos Santana!

July 20th, 2009 GuitarDaddy No comments

carlosCarlos Santana was born on July 20, 1947.

He is a Grammy Award-winning rock musician and a superb guitarist. Santana became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a blend of rock, salsa and jazz fusion. The band’s sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar set against Latin percussion.

Carlos experienced a tremendous resurgence of popularity and acclaim in the last 10 years. Rolling Stone magazine named Santana #15 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2003.

Happy Birthday Carlos!