Famous Guitarists in History (Part 4)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 1,245

  • 1943-10-18 Russ Giguere, rock guitarist/vocalist (Association), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • 1943-10-21 Ron Elliott, American guitarist and songwriter (The Beau Brummels - "Just A Little"), born in Healdsburg, California
  • 1943-12-12 Dickey Betts, American guitarist (The Allman Brothers band - Ramblin' Man), born in West Palm Beach, Florida

Person of interestKeith Richards

1943-12-18 Keith Richards, English guitarist and songwriter (The Rolling Stones), born in Dartford, Kent

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards
  • 1943-12-21 Albert Lee, English guitarist, born in Lingen, Herefordshire
  • 1943-12-25 Trevor Lucas, Australian folk singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Fairport Convention), born in Bungaree, Victoria (d. 1989)

Person of interestJimmy Page

1944-01-09 Jimmy Page, English rock guitarist (Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven), born in London, England

Rock Star Jimmy Page
Rock Star
Jimmy Page
  • 1944-01-18 Al Perkins, American steel guitarist (Triple Play), born in De Kalb, Texas
  • 1944-02-05 J. R. Cobb, American guitarist & songwriter (Atlanta Rhythm Section, Classic IV), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944-02-23 Johnny Winter [John Dawson], American blues guitarist (Silver Train), born in Leland Miss, (d. 2014)
  • 1944-03-04 Bobby Womack, American R&B singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer ("It's All Over Now"; "Woman's Got to Have It"; "Across 110th Street"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • 1944-03-09 Trevor Burton, English guitarist and rocker (The Move), born in Aston, Birmingham
  • 1944-03-21 Gaye Adegbalola [Todd], American blues singer and guitarist (Sapphire, The Uppity Blues Women - "Middle Age Blues Boogie"), teacher, and activist, born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • 1944-03-23 Ric Ocasek [Otcasek], American songwriter, guitarist, singer, and producer (The Cars - "Best Friend's Girl"; "Shake It Up"; "You Are The Girl"), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2019)
  • 1944-03-31 Mick Ralphs, British rock guitarist (Mott the Hoople - "All The Young Dudes"; Bad Company - "Can't Get Enough"), born in Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, England
  • 1944-04-03 Barry Pritchard, British rock guitarist (Fortunes - "You've Got Your Troubles"; "Here It Comes Again"; "This Golden Ring"), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1999)
  • 1944-04-15 Dave Edmunds, Welsh rock singer and guitarist (Rockpile - "Girls Talk"; "I Knew The Bride"), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1944-06-07 Clarence White, American guitarist (Byrds-Turn! Turn! Turn!), born in Lewiston, Maine (d. 1973)
  • 1944-06-21 Ray Davies, British singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Kinks - "Waterloo Sunset"; "Lola"), born in Muswell Hill, North London, England
  • 1944-06-22 Steve Weber, American folk guitarist, (Rounders-Holy "Boobs" Modal), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1944-06-24 Charlie Whitney, English rock guitarist (Family), born in Skipton, North Yorkshire, England
  • 1944-06-24 Jeff Beck, British rock guitarist (Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group), born in Wallington, Surrey
  • 1944-07-07 Warren Entner, rock vocalist/guitarist (Grass Roots), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1944-07-24 Jim Armstrong, Irish rock guitarist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1944-08-08 Hans van Eijk, Dutch rock guitarist (Jumping Jewels)
  • 1944-08-08 Michael Johnson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, born in Alamosa, Colorado
  • 1944-08-25 Pat Martino, American jazz guitarist (2004 Guitar Player of the Year, Down Beat), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1944-09-21 Jesse Ed Davis, Native American guitarist, born in Norman, Oklahoma (d. 1988)
  • 1944-10-09 John Entwistle, English rock guitarist and vocalist (The Who - "Baba O'Riley"), born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1944-10-29 Denny Laine [Brian Hines], English rock guitarist (The Moody Blues, Wings), born in Tyseley, Birmingham, England
  • 1944-10-29 Robbie van Leeuwen, Dutch guitarist (Shocking Blue), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1944-11-06 Bill Henderson, Canadian rock vocalist and guitarist (Chilliwack), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1944-11-19 Charlie Coe, American rock guitarist and bassist (Paul Revere & the Raiders, 1963-68), born in Boise, Idaho
  • 1944-12-01 Eric Bloom, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Blue Öyster Cult)
  • 1944-12-06 David "Fritz" Fryer, British pop guitarist and songwriter (The Four Pennies -"Juliet"), born in Oldham, Lancashire (d. 2007)
  • 1944-12-16 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, born in Portchester, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1944-12-19 Alvin Lee, British rock vocalist and guitarist (10 Years After), born in Nottingham, England (d. 2013)
  • 1944-12-19 Zal Yanovsky, Canadian rock guitarist (Lovin' Spoonful - "Do You Believe in Magic?"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2002)
  • 1944-12-25 Henry Vestine, American guitarist (Canned Heat), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 1997)
  • 1944-12-27 Mick Jones, English rock guitarist (Foreigner - "I Want to Know What Love Is"), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
  • 1945-01-03 Stephen Stills, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buffalo Springfield - "For What It's Worth"; Crosby, Stills & Nash - "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1945-01-04 JayDee Maness, American pedal steel guitar player (Desert Rose Band - "Love Reunited"), born in Loma Linda, California
  • 1945-01-21 Chris Britton, British rock guitarist (Troggs - "Wild Thing"; "Love Is All Around"), born in Watford, England
  • 1945-02-20 Alan Hull, British folk singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Lindisfarne - "Lady Eleanor"), born in Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1995)
  • 1945-03-09 Robin Trower, British rock guitarist (Procol Harum, 1967-71 - "Conquistador"; solo - Bridge Of Sighs), born in London, England
  • 1945-03-11 Harvey Mandel, American rock guitarist (The Snake), born in Morton, Illinois
  • 1945-03-12 Hans van Emden, Dutch rock guitarist (Les Baroques - "Such A Cad")

Person of interestEric Clapton

1945-03-30 Eric Clapton, English singer and guitarist (Cream - "Sunshine Of Your Love; Derek & The Dominos - "Layla"; solo -"Tears in Heaven"), born in Ripley, Surrey, England

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • 1945-04-13 Lowell George, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Little Feat - "Willin'"; "Dixie Chicken"), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1979)

Person of interestRitchie Blackmore

1945-04-14 Ritchie Blackmore, English guitarist (Rainbow - "Stone Cold"; Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"), born in Weston-super-Mare, England

  • 1945-04-19 Michael “Mike” Stewart, American music producer and co-founder and guitarist for We Five, born in Riverside County, California (d. 2002)
  • 1945-05-09 Steve Katz, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPete Townshend

1945-05-19 Peter Townshend, English rock guitarist, vocalist and composer (The Who-Tommy), born in London, England

  • 1945-05-24 Terry Callier, American soul, folk and jazz guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("What Color Is Love"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1945-07-15 Peter Lewis, rock guitarist/vocalist (Moby Grape), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945-08-16 Gary Loizzo, American rock guitarist and singer (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1945-08-31 Bob Welch, American rock vocalist, guitarist (Fleetwood Mac), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2012)
  • 1945-09-04 Daniel Wood "Danny" Gatton, American guitarist (88 Elmira St.), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1994)
  • 1945-09-11 Leo Kottke, American guitarist (Ice Water, Greenhouse), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1945-09-25 Onnie McIntyre, Scottish guitarist (Average White Band - "Pick Up The Pieces"), born in Lennoxtown, Scotland
  • 1945-10-03 Antonio Martinez, Spanish rock guitarist (Los Bravos - "Black Is Black", born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1990)
  • 1945-10-08 Ray Royer, English rock guitarist (Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"), born in The Pinewoods, Essex
  • 1945-10-31 (Russell Glyn) "Russ" Ballard, British rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Argent - "Liar"; "You Can Do Magic"), born in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1945-10-31 John "Moon" Martin, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist (Bad Case Of Loving You), born in Altus, Oklahoma (d. 2020) [1] [2]
  • 1945-11-11 Vince Martell, American rock guitarist (Vanilla Fudge), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945-11-16 Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, American rhythm and blues guitarist, and songwriter ("Take Me To The River"; "Love And Happiness"), born in Germantown, Tennessee (d. 2014)
  • 1945-12-10 Eric Boom, Dutch guitarist and producer
  • 1945-12-16 Tony Hicks, British rock guitarist (The Hollies), born in Nelson, England
  • 1945-12-19 John McEuen, American bluegrass, folk-rock fiddler, guitarist, banjo, and mandolin player (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; Steve Martin), born in Oakland, California

Person of interestSyd Barrett

1946-01-06 Syd Barrett, English guitarist and early vocalist of the band Pink Floyd, born in Cambridge, England (d. 2006)

Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
  • 1946-01-08 Robby Krieger, American guitarist (The Doors-Light My Fire), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946-01-31 Terry Kath, American rock guitarist & songwriter (Chicago), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1976)
  • 1946-02-18 Buddy Cage, American pedal steel guitarist (New Riders of the Purple Sage; Great Speckled Bird), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1946-02-19 Paul Dean, Canadian rock guitarist (Loverboy - "Working For The Weekend"), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946-02-20 (John) J. Geils, American rock guitarist (J Geils Band - "Centerfold"; "Freeze Frame"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1946-02-28 Pierre Dørge, Danish avant-garde and jazz-fusion guitarist (Thermaenius; New Jungle Orchestra), born in Copenhagen, Denmark

Person of interestDavid Gilmour

1946-03-06 David Gilmour, British rock guitarist, and vocalist (Pink Floyd - "Comfortably Numb"), born in Cambridge, England

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • 1946-03-15 Howard Scott, American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (War, 1969-94 - "Cisco Kid"; "Why Can’t We Be Friends?"), born in San Pedro, California
  • 1946-03-19 Paul Atkinson, British rock guitarist and record company executive (The Zombies - "She's Not There"; "Time Of The Season"), born in Cuffley, Hertfordshire (d. 2004)
  • 1946-03-21 Ray Dorset, British rock guitarist, and singer-songwriter (Mungo Jerry - "In The Summertime"), born in Ashford, England
  • 1946-03-22 Serge [Ruud Schaap], Dutch singer and guitarist (Saskia & Serge), born in Den Helder, Netherlands
  • 1946-03-31 Al Nichol, American rock guitarist and keyboard player (Turtles - "Elenore"), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1946-04-04 Dave Hill, English rock guitarist (Slade-Coz I Love You), born in Holbeton, Devon
  • 1946-04-06 Danny Kortchmar, American session guitarist, producer and songwriter (James Taylor, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Don Henley), born in New York City
  • 1946-04-14 Patrick Fairley, Scottish guitarist (Marmalade - "Ob La Di, Ob La Da")
  • 1946-04-18 Skip [Alexander Lee] Spence, Canadian guitarist and vocalist (Moby Grape - "Omaha"), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1946-04-28 Glenn Ross Campbell, American steel guitarist (The Misunderstood), born in San Diego, California
  • 1946-05-16 Robert Fripp, British guitarist (King Crimson), born in Wimborne Minster, Dorset
  • 1946-05-26 Mick Ronson, English rock guitarist and producer (Mott the Hoople; The Spiders From Mars), born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 1993)
  • 1946-06-05 Frederick "Freddie" Stone, American rock guitarist (Sly & The Family Stone), born in Vallejo, California
  • 1946-06-07 Micky Jones, Welsh rock guitarist (Man), born in Merthyr Tydfil (d. 2010)
  • 1946-06-12 Eelco Gelling, Dutch blues guitarist (Cuby + Blizzards), born in Zwartsluis, Netherlands
  • 1946-06-15 Noddy Holder, Walsall United Kingdom, rock vocalist/guitarist (Slade- Cum On Feel The Noize)
  • 1946-06-22 Eliades Ochoa, Cuban guitarist (Buena Vista Social Club)
  • 1946-06-25 Allen Lanier, American rock keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1946-06-25 Ian McDonald, English rock musician (saxophone, keyboards, guitar) (King Crimson, Foreigner), born in Osterly, Middlesex
  • 1946-08-03 John York [Foley], American rock bassist and guitarist, born in White Plains, New York.
  • 1946-08-06 Allan Holdsworth, British guitarist, born in Bradford (d. 2017)
  • 1946-08-14 Larry Graham Jr., American bass guitar player (Graham Central Station, Sly and the Family Stone), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1946-08-17 Hans Vandenburg, Dutch singer/guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo)

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 301 - 393 of 393

  • 2012-05-01 Charles "skip" Pitts, American soul and blues guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 65
  • 2012-07-23 Robert Cage, American blues guitarist (From Lake Mary), dies at 75 (b. 1937)
  • 2012-09-02 Mark Abrahamian, guitarist (Starship), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 2012-09-05 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Games People Play"; "Walk A Mile In My Shoes"), dies from heart failure at 72
  • 2012-09-10 Steven Springer, American guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 60
  • 2012-10-27 Terry Callier, American soul, folk and jazz guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("What Color Is Love"), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2012-11-27 Mickey Baker, American guitar player ("Love is strange"), dies at 87
  • 2013-02-11 Rick Huxley, English guitarist (Dave Clark 5), dies at 72

Person of interestTony Sheridan

2013-02-16 Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist who collaborated with The Beatles, dies at 72

Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 2013-02-25 "Dangerous" Dan Toler, American rock guitarist (Dickey Betts; Allman Brothers), dies of ALS at 64
  • 2013-03-07 Peter Banks [Brockbanks], British rock guitarist and singer-songwriter described as "the architect of progressive music" (Yes, the Syn, Flash), dies of heart failure at 65
  • 2013-03-28 Hugh McCracken, American session guitarist (Aretha Franklin; Paul McCartney; Steely Dan; Billy Joel; John Lennon), dies of luekemia at 70
  • 2013-04-22 Richie Havens, American singer-songwriter & guitarist, dies from a heart attack at 72
  • 2013-05-02 Jeff Hanneman, American guitarist, dies from liver failure at 49
  • 2013-07-26 J. J. Cale, American rock guitarist, dies from a heart attack at 74
  • 2013-08-14 Allen Lanier, American rock keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult), dies from complications from COPD at 67
  • 2013-10-10 Janice Lynn Kuehnemund, American rock guitarist (Vixen - "Edge of a Broken Heart"), dies of cancer at 59
  • 2013-10-30 Pete Haycock, British blues-rock guitarist, vocalist, and composer (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2013-12-10 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist and composer, dies at 83
  • 2014-02-25 Paco de Lucía, Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 2014-04-28 Dennis Kamakahi, American Grammy Award-winning slack-key guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 61
  • 2014-06-22 Teenie Hodges, American rhythm and blues guitarist, dies from complications from emphysema at 68
  • 2014-06-27 Bobby Womack, American R&B singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer ("It's All Over Now"; "Woman's Got to Have It"; "Across 110th Street"), dies at 70
  • 2014-07-30 Dick Wagner, American rock guitarist (the Frost), dies at 71
  • 2015-01-01 Jeff Golub, American jazz guitarist (Avenue Blue, Rod Stewart), dies of a rare brain disease at 59
  • 2015-03-26 John Renbourn, English folk guitarist and songwriter (Pentangle), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 2015-04-01 Dave Ball, English guitarist (Procul Harum), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2015-04-28 Jack Ely, American singer and guitarist (The Kingsmen - "Louie, Louie"), dies at 71

Person of interestB.B. King

2015-05-14 [Riley B.] B.B. King, American blues guitarist and singer (The Thrill is Gone), dies at 89

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • 2015-09-09 Robin McDonald, Scottish rock guitarist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas), dies at 72
  • 2015-09-13 Gary Richrath, American guitarist and songwriter (REO Speedwagon), dies at 65
  • 2016-01-16 Gary Loizzo, American rock guitarist and singer (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 70
  • 2016-01-28 Paul Kantner, American rock singer and guitarist (Jefferson Airplane), dies following a heart attack at 74
  • 2016-04-16 Peter Tolson, English rock guitarist (Pretty Things), dies at 64
  • 2016-06-14 Henry McCullough, Irish guitarist (Wings), dies at 72
  • 2016-06-28 Scotty Moore, American guitarist (for Elvis), dies at 84
  • 2016-07-05 Alirio Díaz, Venezuelan guitarist, composer, and musicologist, dies at 92
  • 2016-08-20 Matt Roberts, American rock guitarist (3 Doors Down - "When I'm Gone") dies of prescription drug overdose at 38
  • 2016-10-29 Roland Dyens, French classical guitarist, composer, and arranger (Libra Sonatine), dies at 61
  • 2016-11-09 Al Caiola, American guitarist (Bonzanza theme), dies at 96
  • 2016-12-03 Antonio Membrado, Spanish-French classical guitarist and composer, dies at 81
  • 2016-12-04 Radim Hladík, Czech guitarist (The Blue Effect), dies from lung illness at 69
  • 2017-01-08 Peter Sarstedt, British pop-folk singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Where Do You Go To (My Lovely?"), dies at 75
  • 2017-01-22 Pete Overend Watts, English bass guitar player (Mott the Hoople - "All Young Dudes"), dies from throat cancer at 69
  • 2017-02-19 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), dies at 73

Person of interestChuck Berry

2017-03-18 Chuck Berry [Charles Andersen], American rock n' roll guitarist and singer-songwriter (Roll over Beethoven), dies at 90

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • 2017-04-09 Bob Wootton, American guitarist, dies at 75
  • 2017-04-11 J. Geils [John Warren Geils Jr], American rock guitarist (J. Geils Band - Centerfold), dies at 71
  • 2017-04-15 Allan Holdsworth, British progressive rock guitarist, dies at 70
  • 2017-05-27 Gregg Allman, American Hammond organist, guitarist and vocalist (The Allman Brothers Band - "Whipping Post"), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2017-08-22 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, dies of heart failure at 72
  • 2017-09-02 Dave Hlubek, American rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet), dies at 66

Person of interestWalter Becker

2017-09-03 Walter Becker, American rock bassist, guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Steely Dan - "Deacon Blues"; "Peg"), dies of esophageal cancer at 67

Musician and Record Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Record Producer
Walter Becker
  • 2017-09-12 Riem de Wolff, Indonesian-Dutch singer and guitarist (Blue Diamonds), dies at 74
  • 2017-11-09 Hans Vermeulen, Dutch singer and guitarist (Sandy Coast), dies at 70
  • 2017-11-18 Malcolm Young, Scottish guitarist and songwriter (founding member of AC/DC), dies at 64
  • 2017-12-12 Pat DiNizio, American rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (The Smithereens - "Only A Memory"), dies from ill health at 62
  • 2018-01-10 "Fast" Eddie Clarke, British guitarist (Fastway, Motörhead), dies from pneumonia at 67
  • 2018-03-02 Van McLain [McElvain], American rock guitarist (Shooting Star), dies at 62 from West Nile virus
  • 2018-03-12 Nole "Nokie" Edwards, American surf-rock guitarist (The Ventures) and actor (Deadwood), dies of complications following a surgery at 82
  • 2018-06-15 Matt "Guitar" Murphy, American blues guitarist (Blues Brothers band), dies at 88
  • 2018-08-20 Eddie Willis, American guitar and sitar player (The Funk Brothers), dies of polio complications at 82
  • 2018-10-24 Wah-Wah Watson [Melvin Ragin], American session guitarist in Motown's Funk Brothers (Temptations - "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"), dies at 67
  • 2018-11-02 Glenn Schwartz, American rock guitarist (Pacific Gas & Electric -"Are You Ready?"), dies at 78
  • 2018-12-06 Pete Shelley [Peter McNeish], English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buzzcocks "Going Steady"), dies at 63
  • 2019-01-12 Bonnie Guitar [Buckingham], American guitarist, singer and record executive (Dark Moon), dies at 95
  • 2019-01-17 Reggie Young, American session guitarist (The Memphis Boys), dies of heart failure at 82 [1]
  • 2019-03-10 Asa Brebner, American guitarist and singer-songwriter (Modern Lovers; The Chartbusters), dies at 65
  • 2019-03-16 Dick Dale [Richard Anthony Mansour], American guitarist, dies at 81
  • 2019-06-29 Gary Duncan [Grubb], American guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service) dies of cardiac arrest at 72
  • 2019-07-06 João Gilberto, Brazilian singer, guitarist and 'father of bossa nova' (Getz/Gilberto, Grammy Award for Album of the Year 1965) dies at 88
  • 2019-09-05 Jimmy Johnson, American session guitarist and co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, dies at 76
  • 2019-09-13 Eddie Money [Mahoney], American rock singer-songwriter ("Two Tickets To Paradise"; 'Take Me Home Tonight"), dies of esophageal cancer at 70
  • 2019-10-01 Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, American blues guitarist, and singer, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 2020-01-03 Bo Winberg, Swedish instrumental rock guitarist (The Spotnicks - "Hava Nagila"; "Amapola"; "Karelia"), dies at 80
  • 2020-02-05 Buddy Cage, American pedal steel guitarist (New Riders of the Purple Sage, Great Speckled Bird), dies from multiple myeloma at 73
  • 2020-02-07 Steve Weber, American folk guitarist, (Holy Modal Rounders), dies at 76
  • 2020-03-29 Joe Diffie, American country singer and guitarist (Home), dies of COVID-19 complications at 61
  • 2020-04-01 John "Bucky" Pizzarelli, American jazz guitarist, dies of Covid-19 at 94
  • 2020-04-13 Ryo Kawasaki, Japanese jazz fusion guitarist, composer, band leader, and synthesizer software programmer, dies at 73
  • 2020-05-11 John "Moon" Martin, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist (Bad Case Of Loving You), dies at 74
  • 2020-07-25 Peter Green [Greenbaum], English guitarist (Fleetwood Mac -"Albatross"), dies at 73 [1] [2]
  • 2020-08-11 Trini Lopez [Trinidad Lopez], Mexican American singer and guitarist (If I Had a Hammer), dies of COVID-19 at 83
  • 2020-08-14 Julian Bream, English classical guitarist and lutenist, dies at 87
  • 2020-09-21 Tommy Devito, American rock baritone vocalist and guitarist (Four Seasons - "Sherry") dies of COVID-19 at 93

Person of interestEddie Van Halen

2020-10-06 Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American rock guitarist (Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"; "Jump"), dies of throat cancer at 65 [1]

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen
  • 2020-10-19 Spencer Davis [Davies], English guitarist (Spencer Davis Group - "Gimme Some Lovin'"), dies of pneumonia at 81 [1] [2]
  • 2020-12-23 Leslie West [Weinstein], American rock guitarist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"; "Theme for an Imaginary Western"), dies of cardiac arrest at 75 [1]
  • 2020-12-25 Tony Rice, American bluegrass guitarist (J.D. Crowe and the New South), dies at 69 [1]
  • 2021-01-14 Sylvain Sylvain [Mizrahi], Egyptian-American rock guitarist (New York Dolls), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2021-01-18 (James Frederick) "Jimmie" Rodgers, American pop singer and guitarist ("Honey Comb" ; “Oh-Oh, I’m Falling In Love Again”), dies of kidney disease at 87 [1]
  • 2021-01-29 Hilton Valentine, British rock guitarist (Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"), dies at 77
  • 2021-04-14 Norman "Rusty" Young, American pedal-steel guitarist, singer and songwriter (Poco - "Rose of Cimarron"; "Crazy Love"), dies of a heart attack at 75

Famous Guitarists