Famous Guitarists in History

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Recording

1954-07-05 Singer Elvis Presley's 1st professional recording session (with guitarist Scotty Moore & bass player Bill Black) takes place at Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee. The trio record four songs including their historic cover of Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's song "That's All Right (Mama)". [1]

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1958-01-07 Gibson issued US patent for the Flying V Guitar

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1959-02-20 Jimi Hendrix (16), rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig in the Temple De Hirsch synagogue basement, Seattle. He is fired from the band after the 1st set due to "wild" playing

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix

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1965-03-13 British guitarist Eric Clapton quits the Yardbirds due to the band moving away from traditional blues; Jeff Beck becomes his replacement

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton

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1965-07-25 Bob Dylan is booed by sections of the crowd at the Newport Folk Festival for performing with an electric guitar, beginning of folk-rock

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • 1965-08-28 Bob Dylan booed for playing electric guitar at a concert in New York's Forest Hills
  • 1966-10-13 Jimi Hendrix Experience debuts with American guitarist Jimi Hendrix, British bassist Noel Redding & British drummer Mitch Mitchell in Évreux, Normandy, France
  • 1967-03-31 1st time Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar (The Astoria, London)
  • 1968-01-04 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million to CBS
  • 1968-03-15 LIFE mag calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world"
  • 1968-09-06 Eric Clapton records guitar tracks for George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
  • 1969-01-29 Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend wage a battle of guitars
  • 1969-06-08 Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor replaces Brian Jones
  • 1969-07-02 American guitarist Leslie West and producer, bassist Felix Pappalardi form rock group Mountain

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1973-08-09 Guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell quit the Wings group founded by Paul McCartney

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1974-05-06 Stolen "Guitar Player" painting by Jan Vermeer found in London

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1974-08-03 Guitarist Jeff Baxter quits Steely Dan and joins the Doobie Brothers

Singer Donald Fagen
Singer
Donald Fagen
  • 1974-09-28 British rock guitarist Mick Ronson joins Mott the Hoople
  • 1975-06-01 Ronnie Wood replaces Mick Taylor as Rolling Stone guitarist

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1975-06-21 British rock guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple, forms Rainbow

  • 1975-08-23 Free guitarist Paul Kossoff revived from dead after heart attack
  • 1977-10-07 Guitarist Steve Hackett quits Genesis

Music concertMusic Concert

1979-04-22 The Rolling Stones play two benefit concerts for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, in Oshawa, Ontario; performance part of guitarist Keith Richards’ sentence for heroin conviction on heroin charges

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards
Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • 1980-03-01 Patti Smith & MC5 guitarist Fred Sonic Smith wed in Detroit
  • 1981-06-20 Guitarist Gerry Cott quits Boomtown Rats
  • 1983-08-15 Ramones guitarist Joey Ramone beaten in fight-undergoes brain surgery
  • 1984-08-07 Harmonica Frank [Floyd], American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player dies of lung cancer and diabetes complications at 75
  • 1993-07-31 The Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts arrested for shoving 2 cops
  • 2004-06-30 British rock guitarist Dave Davies (The Kinks) suffers a debilitating stroke, at 57; he recovers in 2006 to resume his music career

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2007-04-03 Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards denies saying he smoked his father's ashes in an interview with NME

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards

Music concertMusic Concert

2014-10-03 Blues guitarist and singer B.B. King's last live performance, at the House of Blues in Chicago

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King

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2020-06-21 Kurt Cobain's guitar during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged show sells for a record $6 million

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 1,375

  • 1717-02-10 Pierre de La Garde, French composer, singer, and guitarist, born in Crécy-la-Chapelle, France (d. c. 1792)
  • 1745-08-26 François Guichard, French guitarist and composer, born in Le Mans, France (d. 1807)
  • 1774-12-20 Guillaume-Perre-Antoine Gatayes, French composer & guitarist, born in Paris, France (d. 1846)
  • 1775-08-31 Francois de Paule Jacques Raymond de Fossa, French classical guitarist and composer, born in Perpignan, France (d. 1849)
  • 1800-12-23 Marco Aurelio Zani de Ferranti, Italian classical guitarist and composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1878)
  • 1806-06-27 Napoléon Coste, French guitarist and composer, born in Besançon, France (d. 1883)
  • 1818-04-25 Marek Konrad Sokolowski, Polish guitarist and composer, born in Zhytomyr, Ukraine (d. 1883)
  • 1841-02-19 Felipe Pedrell, Spanish guitarist, composer (Excelsior; La Celestina), and musical scholar, born in Tortosa, Spain (d. 1922)
  • 1878-10-16 Carlos Pedrell, Uruguayan guitarist and composer, born in Minas, Uraguay (d. 1941)
  • 1887-03-05 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer, cellist, guitarist, and conductor (Bachianas Brasileiras), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Person of interestLead Belly

1888-01-20 Lead Belly [Huddie William Ledbetter], American blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), born in Mooringsport, Louisiana (d. 1949)

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly
  • 1888-03-07 Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau, American jazz guitarist and double-bassist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • 1893-02-21 Andres Segovia, Spanish classical guitarist, born in Linares, Spain (d. 1987)
  • 1893-03-08 Mississippi John Hurt, American country blues singer and guitarist, born in Teoc, Carroll County, Mississippi (d. 1966)
  • 1893-06-26 Big Bill Broonzy, American blues singer and guitarist (Blues by Broonzy), born in Scott, Mississippi (d. 1958)
  • 1893-09-24 Lemon Henry "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Coutchman, Texas (d. 1929)
  • 1895-01-05 Elizabeth Cotten, American folk and blues guitarist and songwriter ("Freight Train"), born in Carrboro, North Carolina (d. 1987)
  • 1895-04-09 (Beau De Glen) "Mance" Lipscomb, American blues singer and guitarist ("Shine On, Harvest Moon"), born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1976)
  • 1896-04-30 "Reverend" Gary Davis, American blues and folk guitarist ("Samson And Delilah"; A Little More Faith), born in Laurens, South Carolina (d. 1972)
  • 1897-01-22 "Blind" Willie Johnson, American gospel blues singer and guitarist ("Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground"), born in Pendleton, Texas (d. 1945)
  • 1897-05-23 Fred Guy, American jazz banjo player and guitarist (Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra; Duke Ellington's Washingtonians) , born in Burkeville, Virginia (d. 1971)
  • 1897-06-03 Memphis Minnie [Lizzie Douglas], American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter ("Bumble Bee"; "Me and My Chauffeur Blues"), born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1899-05-14 Stelios Perpiniadis, Greek folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, born in Tinos
  • 1901-02-15 James "Kokomo" Arnold, American blues slide guitarist, and singer, born in Lovejoy's Station, Georgia (d. 1968) [some research gives birth year as 1896]
  • 1901-05-05 Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist, born in Thomson, Georgia (d. 1959)
  • 1902-03-21 Edward "Son" House, American delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Walking Blues"; "Preachin' The Blues"), born in Lyons, Mississippi (d. 1988)
  • 1902-06-09 Nehemiah "Skip" James, American Delta blues singer, guitarist and piano player ("I'm So Glad"), born in Bentonia, Mississippi (d. 1969)
  • 1902-10-25 Eddie Lang [Salvatore Massaro], American jazz guitarist known as the "father of jazz guitar", born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1933)
  • 1903-12-13 Carlos Montoya, American flamenco guitarist (Suite Flamenco 1966), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1993)
  • 1904-01-12 "Mississippi" Fred McDowell, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Rossville, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • 1904-11-16 Eddie Condon, American jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show), born in Goodland, Indiana (d. 1973)
  • 1904-12-24 Daniel K Womack, American singer & guitarist, born in Danville, Virginia (d. 1996)
  • 1905-01-15 Roosevelt Holts, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Tylertown, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1905-05-18 Dick McPartland, American jazz guitarist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • 1905-08-24 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist (That's Alright), born in Forest, Mississippi (d. 1974)
  • 1905-11-14 John Henry Barbee, American guitarist and singer (d. 1964)
  • 1906-01-08 Serge Poliakoff, Russian/French painter/guitarist
  • 1906-11-12 (Booker T. Washington) "Bukka" White, American country and Delta blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter ("Shake'Em On Down"; "Parchman Farm Blues"), born near Aberdeen, Mississippi (d. 1977)
  • 1908-02-22 Claude "Fiddler" Williams, American jazz violinist and guitarist (Twelve Clouds of Joy; Count Basie), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1908-05-31 (Harold Eugene) "Gene Gifford American jazz banjoist, guitarist, and arranger (Jean Goldkette; Casa Loma Orchestra), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1970)
  • 1908-10-12 Harmonica Frank [Floyd], American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, born in Toccopola, Mississippi (d. 1984)
  • 1909-01-13 Danny Barker, jazz guitarist
  • 1909-02-20 Oscar Alemán, Argentine jazz and swing guitarist, and singer ("Rosa Madreselva"), born in Machagai, Chaco, Argentina (d. 1980)
  • 1909-08-10 Leo Fender, inventor (Fender guitars including the Stratocaster), born in Anaheim California (d. 1991)

Person of interestDjango Reinhardt

1910-01-23 Django Reinhardt, Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European Jazz musician, born in Liberchies, Pont-à-Celles, Belgium (d. 1953)

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt
  • 1910-04-03 Homesick James [Williamson], American blues slide guitarist and singer (Elmore James band, 1955-62), born in Somerville, Tennessee (d. 2006) [date of birth variously reported as 1905, 1910, and 1914; surname also disputed]

Person of interestT-Bone Walker

1910-05-28 T-Bone Walker, American blues guitarist ("Funky Town"; "Well Done"), born in Linden, Texas (d. 1975)

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • 1910-06-10 Howlin' Wolf [Chester Arthur Burnett], American blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player ("Smokestack Lightnin'"; "Killing Floor"), born in White Station, Mississippi (d. 1976)

Person of interestRobert Johnson

1911-05-08 Robert Johnson, American blues singer-songwriter, and guitarist (King of Delta Blues Singers), born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi (d. 1938)

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • 1911-09-15 Silas Hogan, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1913-03-02 Celedonio Romero, Spanish guitarist (d. 1996)
  • 1913-03-13 Lightnin' Slim [Otis Hicks], American Louisiana blues electric guitarist, singer, and songwriter ("Bad Luck And Trouble"), born near St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1974)
  • 1913-03-31 Etta Baker, American blues guitarist, born in Caldwell County, North Carolina

Person of interestMuddy Waters

1913-04-04 Muddy Waters [McKinley Morganfield], American blues guitarist ("Hoochie Coochie Man"), born in Jug's Corner (Issaquena County) or Rolling Fork, Mississippi (d. 1983)

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1913-04-11 John Lee Granderson, American Chicago-style blues guitarist, born in Ellendale, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • 1913-05-31 Jimmy Shirley, American jazz and R&B electric guitarist, and early proponent of the Vibrola vibrato arm ("whammy bar"), born on Union, South Carolina (d. 1989)
  • 1913-08-07 George Van Eps, American seven-string jazz guitarist, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 1914-06-19 Lester Raymond Flatt, American bluegrass guitarist (Flatt & Scruggs - Ballad of Jed Clampett; Foggy Mountain Breakdown), born in Duncan's Chapel, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • 1914-12-18 Connie "Pee Wee" Crayton, American R&B and blues guitarist and singer ("Do Unto Others"), born in Rockdale, Texas (d. 1985)
  • 1915-03-20 Sister Rosetta Tharpe [Nubin], American gospel and R&B singer, songwriter, and electric guitarist ("This Train"; "Down By The Riverside"), born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, (d. 1973)
  • 1915-03-27 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, born in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • 1915-04-12 Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 1975)
  • 1915-04-26 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer and guitarist, born in Memphis, Tenneessee (d. 1992)
  • 1915-06-09 Les Paul [Polsfuss], American guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin (d. 2009)
  • 1915-06-15 Allan Reuss, American jazz, big band, and session guitarist (Benny Goodman; Glenn Miller; Mildred Bailey), born in New York City (d. 1988)
  • 1915-06-28 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • 1915-07-21 Floyd McDaniel, American blues singer and guitarist (Five Blazes), born in Athens, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 1915-11-30 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, Knoxville Tennessee, American blues singer/guitarist
  • 1916-02-10 Oscar "TV Slim" Wills, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Flatfoot Sam"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1969)

Person of interestTiny Grimes

1916-07-07 Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1989)

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • 1916-07-29 Charlie Christian, American jazz and swing guitarist (Benny Goodman Sextet), born in Bonham, Texas (d. 1942) [1] [2]
  • 1917-01-25 Floyd "Guitar" Smith, American jazz and blues guitarist and record producer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1917-08-22 John Lee Hooker, American blues guitarist (Boogie Chillen), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1917-09-02 Laurindo Almeida, Brazilian classical, jazz and Latin guitarist and composer (developed bossa nova), born in Prainha, São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1995)
  • 1917-11-29 Merle Travis, American country singer, guitarist and songwriter (16 Tons), born in Rosewood, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • 1918-03-23 Granville "Sticks" McGhee, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee"), born in Knoxville, Tennesee ( d. 1961)
  • 1918-04-18 Tony Mottola, American jazz guitarist, born in Kearney, New Jersey (d. 2004)
  • 1919-12-01 Ike Isaacs, Burmese-English jazz guitarist, born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1996)
  • 1920-02-29 Rudy Cafaro, American jazz guitarist, born in Middle Village, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1920-05-10 Bert Weedon, English guitar player ("Play in a Day" books), born in London (d. 2012)
  • 1920-06-20 Donato "Danny" Cedrone, American guitarist and bandleader (The Esquires; Bill Haley & His Comets - "Rock Around The Clock"), born in Jamesville, New York (d. 1954)
  • 1920-09-07 Al Caiola, American guitarist (Bonzanza theme), born in Jersey City (d. 2016)
  • 1921-03-31 Lowell Fulson, Choctaw-Cherokee-American blues guitarist and songwriter (“3 O’Clock Blues”; “Reconsider Baby”), born in Atoka, Oklahoma (d. 1999)
  • 1921-04-22 Philip "Gabby" Pahinui, Hawaiian slack-key guitarist and singer, born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii (d. 1980)
  • 1921-05-12 (Otis W.) "Joe" Maphis, American session and country music guitarist ("Dim Lights"), born in Suffolk, Virginia (d. 1986)
  • 1921-06-07 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1921-07-17 George Barnes, Chicago Hgts, guitarist (Skip Farrell Show)
  • 1921-08-07 Manitas de Plata, flamenco guitarist, born in Sète, France (d. 2014)
  • 1921-12-28 Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
  • 1922-03-11 Thom Kelling, Dutch singer/guitarist (Programa de Manha)
  • 1923-01-16 Roy Lanham, American western swing and jazz guitarist (The Whippoorwills; Sons of the Pioneers, 1961-86), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • 1923-02-27 Chuck Wayne [Jagelka], America session and jazz guitarist ( Woody Herman; George Shearing; Tony Bennett), born in New York City (d. 1997)
  • 1923-03-04 Willie Johnson, American electric blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years"), born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1923-03-06 John "Wes" Montgomery, American influential jazz guitarist and Grammy Award winner, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • 1923-04-25 Albert King [Nelson], American blues guitarist and singer ("Born Under A Bad Sign"; "That's What The Blues Is About"), born in Indianola, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1923-07-29 Jim Marshall, British business man and electric guitar amplifier pioneer known as "The Father of Loud", born in Acton, West London, England (d, 2012)
  • 1923-10-17 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (The Wrecking Crew), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1923-11-12 Alirio Díaz, Venezuelan guitarist, composer, and musicologist, born in Caserio La Candelaria, Venezuela (d. 2016)
  • 1924-03-24 "Boogie" Bill Webb, American Louisiana blues and R&B guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Bad Dog"), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1990)
  • 1924-05-06 Denny Wright, British jazz guitarist, born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1992)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1964-05-18 Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (19) weds Margrit Volkmar

LoveWedding of Interest

1968-05-20 "The Who" guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend (23) weds Karen Astley in England

  • 1975-08-05 Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry (25) weds Elissa Jerret
  • 1976-05-10 "KISS" former lead guitarist Ace Frehley (25) weds Janette Trerotola

LoveWedding of Interest

1979-05-19 British guitarist Eric Clapton (34) marries Model and George Harrison's ex-wife Patti Boyd (35); divorce in 1989

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton

LoveWedding of Interest

1981-04-11 "One Day At A Time" actress Valerie Bertinelli (20) marries rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen (26)

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen
  • 1986-05-16 "King Crimson" founder and guitarist Robert Fripp (40) weds British actress and rock singer Toyah Wilcox (27) at Church of St. Mary, St. Cuthurga and All Saints in Witchampton, England
  • 1986-06-07 Air Supply guitarist Graham Russell weds Jodi Varble
  • 1986-07-27 "Say Anything" director Cameron Crowe (29) weds "Heart" guitarist Nancy Wilson (32)
  • 1989-08-23 "The Cars" lead singer and guitarist Ric Ocasek (40) weds model Paulina Porizkova (24)
  • 1992-06-21 "Star Trek: The Next Generation" actress Marina Sirtis (37) weds American rock guitarist Michael Lamper (34)
  • 1992-07-26 "Kiss" guitarist Paul Stanley weds model Pamela Bowen
  • 1993-12-30 Singer Deni Hines (22) weds INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly (35)
  • 1994-07-10 The "Anthrax" heavy-metal guitarist Scott Ian (31) weds Debbie Leavitt (23) in Huntington Beach, California

LoveWedding of Interest

1994-12-17 Actress Heather Locklear (33) weds Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora (35) at The American Cathedral in Paris, France

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora
  • 1996-05-27 "Crosby, Stills & Nash" Rock and Roll Hall of Famer guitarist Stephen Stills (51) weds recording-studio manager Kristen Hathaway (30) at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida

LoveWedding of Interest

1997-06-05 British "Oasis" guitarist Noel Gallagher (30) weds Meg Mathews at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada; divorce in 2001

Musician Noel Gallagher
Musician
Noel Gallagher
  • 1999-07-15 "Grateful Dead" guitarist Bob Weir (51) weds Natasha Muenter (31) in Mill Valley, California
  • 2000-11-18 "Queen" guitarist Brian May (53) weds "EastEnders" actress Anita Dobson (51) in a civil ceremony at Richmond Register Office
  • 2002-01-01 Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton (56) weds Melia McEnery (25) at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Surrey, London

LoveWedding of Interest

2002-09-14 No Doubt lead vocalist Gwen Stefani (42) weds lead singer and rhythm guitarist "Bush" Gavin Rossdale (46) at St. Paul's Church in London, England

Singer Gwen Stefani
Singer
Gwen Stefani

LoveWedding of Interest

2003-07-19 "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" actress Melissa Joan Hart (27) weds "Course of Nature" lead singer-guitarist Mark Wilkerson (26) in Florence, Italy

  • 2004-05-23 Singer-guitarist Michelle Branch (21) weds musician Teddy Landau at Isla Pardito, Mexico
  • 2005-06-01 "The White Stripes" guitarist, pianist and lead vocalist Jack White (29) weds British model Karen Elson (26) in Manaus, Brazil
  • 2005-09-10 "The Yardbirds" rock guitarist Jeff Beck (61) weds Sandra Cash in Tunbridge Wells, England

LoveWedding of Interest

2006-01-22 Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley (37) weds American guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood (44) at Kyoto, Japan

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
  • 2006-04-23 "Rascal Flatts" guitarist Joe Don Rooney (30) weds Playboy's 2005 Playmate of The Year Tiffany Fallon (31) in an intimate ceremony held on the beach at San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
  • 2006-06-04 "KISS" guitarist Tommy Thayer (45) weds Amber Peek at Four Seasons Aviara in Carlsbad, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2006-07-15 Singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne (21) weds "Sum 41" lead singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley (26) at a private estate in Montecito, California

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne
  • 2006-09-16 Blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd (29) weds Mel Gibson's daughter Hannah Gibson at the altar of The Holy Family Church in Malibu
  • 2007-03-30 "Little Big Town" singer-guitarist Phillip Sweet (33) weds Rebecca Arthur at Cedarvine Manor in Lebanon, Tennessee

LoveWedding of Interest

2010-05-22 Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist Alanis Morissette (38) weds American rapper Mario Treadway (32) in Los Angeles

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette
  • 2010-07-16 Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen (52) weds costume designer Helen L. Simmons (42) at Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach Resort in Florida

LoveWedding of Interest

2010-12-19 Guitar legend Carlos Santana (63) weds rock drummer Cindy Blackman (51) in Maui, Hawaii

Musician Carlos Santana
Musician
Carlos Santana
  • 2011-06-18 British "Oasis" guitarist Noel Gallagher weds Scottish publicist Sara MacDonald at the Lime Wood Hotel, New Forest National Park, England

LoveWedding of Interest

2011-07-01 English model Kate Moss (37) weds English guitarist Jamie Hince (42) at St. Peter's Church, Southrop in Gloucestershire

Supermodel Kate Moss
Supermodel
Kate Moss
  • 2012-04-03 Paramore guitar player Josh Farro (22) weds Jenna Rice in Tennessee
  • 2012-05-12 McFly guitarist Tom Fletcher (27) weds actress Giovanna Falcone (27) at One Marylebone in London
  • 2012-12-21 "Rolling Stones" guitarist Ronnie Wood (65) weds theater producer Sally Humphreys (34) at Dorchester Hotel in London
  • 2014-07-04 Reef band guitarist Jesse Wood (37) weds TV presenter Fearne Cotton (32) in London
  • 2014-10-18 "The Vampire Diaries" actress Candice Accola (27) weds "The Fray" guitarist Joe King (34) in New Orleans, Louisiana

LoveWedding of Interest

2015-01-05 Actress Cameron Diaz (42) weds Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden (35) in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Cameron Diaz
Actress
Cameron Diaz
  • 2016-02-20 Paramore's lead vocalist Hayley Williams (27) weds New Found Glory's lead guitarist Chad Gilbert in Franklin, Tennessee
  • 2017-03-12 Country music singer-songwriter and guitarist Frankie Ballard (34) weds Old Smokey Boots owner Christina Murphy

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007-12-20 "Hot in Cleveland" actress Valerie Bertinelli (47) divorces guitarist Eddie Van Halen (52) due to irreconcilable differences after 26 years of marriage

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010-11-16 Singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne (25) divorces "Sum 41" lead singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley (29) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne

Deaths in Music

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  • 1807-02-23 François Guichard, French guitarist and composer, dies at 61
  • 1849-06-03 Francois de Paule Jacques Raymond de Fossa, French classical guitarist and composer, dies at 73
  • 1855-09-24 Alexandre Stiévenard, French violinist, guitarist and composer, dies at 86
  • 1878-11-28 Marco Aurelio Zani de Ferranti, Italian classical guitarist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1883-02-17 Napoléon Coste, French guitarist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1883-12-25 Marek Konrad Sokolowski, Polish guitarist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1922-08-19 Felipe Pedrell, Spanish guitarist, composer (Excelsior; La Celestina), and musical scholar, dies at 81
  • 1929-12-19 Lemon Henry "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 36
  • 1933-03-04 Willie Walker, US jazz singer and guitarist (Dupree Blues), dies at 36
  • 1933-03-26 Eddie Lang [Salvatore Massaro], American jazz guitarist known as the "father of jazz guitar", dies at 30
Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • 1941-03-09 Carlos Pedrell, Uruguayan guitarist and composer, dies at 62
  • 1942-03-02 Charlie Christian, American jazz and swing guitarist (Benny Goodman Sextet), dies of tuberculosis at 25 [1] [2]
  • 1945-09-18 "Blind" Willie Johnson, American gospel blues singer and guitarist ("Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground"), dies of malarial fever, syphilis and blindness at 48

Person of interestLead Belly

1949-12-06 Lead Belly [Huddie William Ledbetter], American blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 64

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly

Person of interestDjango Reinhardt

1953-05-16 Django Reinhardt, Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European jazz musician, dies at 43

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt
  • 1954-06-17 Donato "Danny" Cedrone, American guitarist and bandleader (The Esquires; Bill Haley & His Comets - "Rock Around The Clock"), died of broken neck suffered falling down a staircase at 33
  • 1957-11-30 Dick McPartland, American jazz guitarist, dies at 52
  • 1958-08-14 Big Bill Broonzy, American blues singer and guitarist (Blues by Broonzy), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1959-02-07 Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], American blues guitarist (The Things That I Used to Do) dies at 32
  • 1959-08-15 Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist, dies at 61
  • 1959-11-17 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer, cellist, guitarist, and conductor (Bachianas Brasileiras), dies at 72
  • 1960-04-17 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist ("Summertime Blues"; "C'Mon Everybody"), dies in a English taxi-car crash at 21
  • 1961-08-15 Granville "Sticks" McGhee, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter("Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee"), dies of lung cancer
  • 1963-05-24 Elmore James, American blues slide guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1964-08-14 Johnny Burnette, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist ('Train Kept A-Rollin'"; "You're Sixteen"), drowns in nighttime boating mishap at 30
  • 1964-11-03 John Henry Barbee, American guitarist and singer (b. 1905)
  • 1966-07-18 Bobby Fuller, American rock singer and guitarist (I Fought the Law), found dead at 23
  • 1966-11-02 Mississippi John Hurt, American country blues singer and guitarist, dies at 73
  • 1967-04-29 J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 38
  • 1967-12-10 Jimmy King, American guitarist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin crash at 18
  • 1968-06-15 John "Wes" Montgomery, American influential jazz guitarist and Grammy Award winner, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1968-08-05 Luther Perkins American guitarist
  • 1968-11-08 James "Kokomo" Arnold, American blues slide guitarist, and singer, dies at 67 [or 72]
  • 1969-01-19 Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau, American jazz guitarist and double-bassist, dies at 80
  • 1969-05-30 John Cipollini, guitarist, dies of ephysema at 45
  • 1969-10-03 Nehemiah "Skip" James, American Delta blues singer, guitarist and piano player ("I'm So Glad"), dies at 67
  • 1969-10-21 Oscar "TV Slim" Wills, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Flatfoot Sam"), dies in a car wreck at 53
  • 1969-12-01 "Magic" Sam [Maghett], American blues guitarist ("Feelin' Good (We're Gonna Boogie)"), dies of a heart attack at 32
  • 1970-04-21 Earl Hooker, American blues slide guitar player ("Blue Guitar"), dies of tuberculosis at 40
  • 1970-09-03 Alan Wilson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Canned Heat), dies at 27

Person of interestJimi Hendrix

1970-09-18 Jimi Hendrix, American rock guitarist (Purple Haze), dies from asphyxiation at 27

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1970-11-12 (Harold Eugene) "Gene Gifford American jazz banjoist, guitarist, and arranger (Jean Goldkette; Casa Loma Orchestra), dies at 62
  • 1971-10-12 Gene Vincent[Vincent Eugene Craddock], American rock guitarist and vocalist (Be-Bop-A-Lula), dies of bleeding ulcers at 36
  • 1971-10-29 Duane Allman, rock guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band), dies in a motorcycle accident at 24
  • 1971-12-22 Fred Guy, American jazz banjo player and guitarist (Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra; Duke Ellington's Washingtonians), dies at 74
  • 1972-05-05 [Reverend] Gary Davis, American blues and folk guitarist (A Little More Faith), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 1972-06-23 Elton Britt, American country singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Saturday Night Jamboree), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1972-11-18 Danny Whitten, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Crazy Horse; Rod Stewart - "I Don't Want To Talk About It") dies of a methaqualone overdose at 29
  • 1973-07-15 Clarence White, American session and country-rock guitarist (The Byrds, 1968-73 - "Ballad of Easy Rider"), struck and killed by a drunk driver at 29
  • 1973-08-04 Eddie Condon, jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show), dies at 68
  • 1973-10-09 Sister Rosetta Tharpe [Nubin], American gospel and R&B singer, songwriter, and electric guitarist ("This Train"; "Down By The Riverside"), dies of a stroke at 58
  • 1974-03-28 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist (That's Alright), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1974-07-27 Lightnin' Slim [Otis Hicks], American Louisiana blues electric guitarist, singer, and songwriter ("Bad Luck And Trouble"), dies of stomach cancer at 64
  • 1975-01-03 René Thomas, Belgian jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 47

Person of interestT-Bone Walker

1975-03-16 T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), dies at 64

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • 1975-04-24 Pete Ham, Welsh rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Badfinger - "Without You"; "No Matter What"; Day After Day"), takes his own life at 27
  • 1975-05-13 Bob Wills, American musician, known as the 'King of Western Swing' ("Steel Guitar Rag"), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 69
  • 1975-12-17 Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • 1976-01-30 (Beau De Glen) "Mance" Lipscomb, American blues singer and guitarist ("Shine On, Harvest Moon"), dies of a stroke at 80
  • 1976-03-19 Paul Kossoff, British rock guitarist (Free - "All Right Now"), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 25
  • 1976-05-14 Keith Relf, British blues-rock singer and harmonica player (The Yardbirds - "For Your Love"; Renaissance, 1969-71), electrocuted while playing an improperly earthed electric guitar at 33
  • 1976-12-04 Tommy Bolin, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Deep Purple), dies of heroin overdose and other substances at 25
  • 1977-02-26 (Booker T. Washington) "Bukka" White, American country and Delta blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter ("Shake'Em On Down"; "Parchman Farm Blues"), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1977-06-22 Peter Laughner, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rocket From the Tombs; Pere Ubu), dies of acute pancreatitis at 24
  • 1977-09-04 Stelios Perpiniadis, Greek folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, dies at 78
  • 1977-09-16 Marc Bolan, English rock vocalist and guitarist (T-Rex-Bang a Gong (Get It On)), dies in a car crash at 29
  • 1977-09-30 Mary Ford [Iris Colleen Summers], American vocalist, guitarist and actress (Les Paul, Queen of Outer Space), dies from complications of alcohol abuse at 53
  • 1977-10-20 Steve Gaines, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • 1978-12-27 Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star), dies in a car crash at 27
  • 1979-01-31 Grant Green, American jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1979-05-11 Lester Flatt, American bluegrass guitarist (Flatt & Scruggs - "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"; "Ballad of Jed Clampett"), dies at 64
  • 1979-06-29 Lowell George, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Mothers of Invention, Little Feat), dies at 34
  • 1979-08-22 John Lee Granderson, American Chicago-style blues guitarist, dies at 71
  • 1979-09-27 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), dies at 26
  • 1980-10-13 Philip "Gabby" Pahinui, Hawaiian slack-key guitarist and singer, dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 1980-10-14 Oscar Alemán, Argentine jazz and swing guitarist, and singer ("Rosa Madreselva"), dies at 71
  • 1982-02-26 Gabor Szabo, Hungarian jazz guitarist (Perfect Circle), dies at 45
  • 1982-03-19 Randy Rhoads, American heavy metal guitarist (Quiet Riot), dies in an air crash at 25
  • 1982-03-29 Floyd "Guitar" Smith, American jazz and blues guitarist and record producer, dies at 65
  • 1982-06-16 James Honeyman-Scott, English rock guitarist and vocalist (The Pretenders - "Brass In Pocket"), overdoses on drugs at 25

Person of interestMuddy Waters

1983-04-30 Muddy Waters [McKinley Morganfield], American blues singer and guitarist ("Mannish Boy"; "Got My Mojo Working"), dies at 70

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1983-06-18 Luther Tucker, American blues guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1984-07-21 Michael Osborne, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Axe), dies at 34
  • 1985-06-25 Connie "Pee Wee" Crayton, American R&B and blues guitarist and singer ("Do Unto Others"), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1985-10-12 Ricky Wilson, American rock guitarist (B-52's), dies of AIDS at 32
  • 1985-12-22 D. Boon, American singer and guitarist (The Minutemen) (b. 1958)
  • 1986-06-27 Joe Maphis, American country music guitarist dies aged 65
  • 1986-06-27 (Otis W.) "Joe" Maphis, American session and country music guitarist ("Dim Lights"), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • 1987-02-14 Bola Sete, Brazilian guitarist, dies at 63
  • 1987-03-20 Norman Harris, guitarist (O'Jays), dies at 39 of heart failure
  • 1987-06-02 Andres Segovia, Spanish classical guitarist and composer, dies at 94
  • 1988-02-13 John Curulewski, American rock guitarist and singer (Styx), dies of a brain aneurysm at 37
  • 1988-06-04 Allan Reuss, American jazz, big band, and session guitarist (Benny Goodman; Glenn Miller; Mildred Bailey), dies at 72
  • 1988-06-22 Jesse Ed Davis, Native American session and touring guitarist (Taj Mahal; Concert for Bangladesh; The Faces), dies of a drug overdose at 43
  • 1988-07-29 Pete Drake, American pedal steel guitarist and producer, dies at 55
  • 1988-08-14 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, dies at 48
  • 1988-10-09 Cliff Gallup, American guitarist (Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1988-10-19 Edward "Son" House, American delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Walking Blues"; "Preachin' The Blues"), dies of larynx cancer at 86
  • 1988-12-06 Bill Harris, American guitarist (Clovers-Love Potion No 9), dies at 63

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