7 of the Most Memorable Guitar Songs in Rock History-Number 1 is a lock!
I really enjoyed "The List" tonight...hope you did as well. It was my choice for 7 of the best "guitar songs" in rock history. Now clearly there are more songs that could make such a list but as always...I am limited by the 7 song structure of "The List." Jim, listening on-line in Florida wondered how I could leave Stevie Ray Vaughan out. Well Jim, I gave it some thought and while Stevie Ray had a wonderful playing style and a signature sound, I just couldn't identify one "Guitar Moment" from his library of work which stood out the way the others did for me. Now keep in mind...it's just one mans opinion and it's fun to go back and forth on it a bit. So Blog away! Now, here is tonight's edition of "The List."
Statesboro Blues-Allman Brothers Band-Duane Allman taught himself to play the slide guitar after hearing Taj Mahal cover the old Blind Willie McTell song. He was a natural!
Whole Lotta Love-Led Zeppelin-Jimmy Page in his realm...showing off the savage mastery he achieved as a top session player.
Nirvana-Smells Like Teen Spirit-Kurt Cobain with the riffs and that sound that defined 90's Rock.
Derek and The Dominos-Layla-Eric Clapton gets the credit but once again it was Duane Allman's brilliance that caught our attention from note one on this legendary guitar song. It was Duane's lick.
Jimi Hendrix-Purple Haze-Guitar — you can play it or transcend it," said Neil Young when he inducted Hendrix into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. "Jimi showed me that."
Van Halen-Eruption-Eddie Van Halen's 102-second mission statement was a piece he invented onstage: a solo showcase for his mastery of tone and technique, notably the rush of notes he produced with his fretboard tapping. Every 80's metal band took note!
Chuck Berry-Johnny B. Goode-"If you want to play rock & roll," Joe Perry told Rolling Stonein 2004, "you have to start here." Recorded almost 52 years ago, on January 6th, 1958, at the Chess Records studio in Chicago, Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" was the first great record about the joys and rewards of playing rock & roll guitar. He invented it!
That's it...that's "The List." I'm looking forward to reading your comments. And feel free to suggest any lists you may want to hear on future nights!