43 GREATEST ICONIC GUITARISTS IN HISTORY
We have all experienced the legendary effect that the world’s greatest guitarists riffs have. Whether it’s the upbeat thrills of rock ‘n roll, or blues and its smooth rhythms, many of these names have built memories for us that will surely last a lifetime. Here are the top 43 iconic legends that have been made famous for their incredibly impressive guitar skills.
43. Bo Diddley
Ellas Otha Bates, also known as Bo Diddley, was born in Chicago on Dec. 30, 1928. Perhaps Diddley should be higher on this list because he influenced a lot of the guitarists that follow. He was also a major influence on Elvis Presley and was largely responsible for translating blues into rock ‘n’ roll.
Some of his most popular songs were “Bo Diddley,” “Road Runner” and “Who Do You Love?” Bo Diddley’s songs are said to have “unleashed a West African groove,” and were as easy to follow as they were groovy. Simplicity isn’t a bad thing, especially when it’s applied to a new form, and Diddley’s music went on to inspire Keith Richards and Buddy Holly, among others, to pick up the instrument.
42. Johnny Ramone
John William Cummings, oft-referred to as Johnny Ramone, was born in Queens on Oct. 8, 1948. He’s probably played fewer solos in his career than anyone else on our list, but Ramone is another pioneer nonetheless, epitomized in the way he played his Mosrite guitar.
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