Original Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor turns 58 today

With Duran Duran, Andy Taylor reached the pinnacle of his success during the 1980’s, but the guitarist has had also a successful solo career collaborating with many other artists and with Power Station back in the 1980’s. Look back at Taylor’s life and career on the day he turns 58

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The Spanish born entertainer Charo turns 68

Born in Spain, Charo became one of the biggest names in the American entertainment during the 1970’s, though famous mostly for her singing and comedy skills, as a child she studied classical guitar and was mentored by one of that field’s great performers, Andres Segovia

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The legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads was born on this day in 1956

The Quiet Riot founder and Ozzy Osbourne’s band first guitarist, Randy Rhoads, is regarded as defining heavy metal lead guitar. He played a key role on developing Ozzy’s solo career signature sound and has influenced countless guitar players over the years. Randy passed away in 1982 at 25 but his strong legacy lives on. We recap his life and career

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The influential R.E.M. guitar player Peter Buck was born on this day in 1956

The R.E.M. founder and guitar player Peter Buck it’s one Alternative Rock’s most popular artists.Aside of R.E.M., Buck has collaborated with numerous artists and bands, being as a musician or producer, he was pivotal in the development of the Alternative Rock music and to this day a huge influence among guitar players and songwriters. We recap his life and career

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The famous instrumental “Apache” by The Shadows peaked to No.1 in 1960

“Apache” remains one of the most recognized and popular instrumental hits today, The Shadows version was released in 1960 and despite the huge success in Europe had little to none impact in the U.S

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The legendary and influential Willie Dixon was born on this day in 1915

Willie Dixon has influenced and continues to influence generations of Blues and Rock artists. His songs have been covered extensively since the 1960’s by some of the most important artists and bands and he is one of the most important important links between the Blues and Rock

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Dave Navarro turns 51 today

Dave Navarro is one of the first Alternative Rock guitar heroes, he has been a member of bands such as Jane’s Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers but also collaborated with artists as diverse as P.Diddy, Michael Jackson, Nine Inch Nails and Alanis Morissette. We look back at his life and career

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The influential guitarist Link Wray was born 90 years ago

Link Wray was the first guitarist to discover the potential of the electric guitar distortion and the power chord. His seminal 1958 song “Rumble” opened the way to the emergence of Punk and Hard Rock

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The extraordinary Bo Diddley was born on this day

Bo Diddley created a signature guitar playing style that keeps influencing Rock music to this day and influenced artists from Buddy Holly to the New York Dolls. We look back at the career of one of the most influential Rock guitarists of all time on his birthday

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Joe Meek’s “Telstar” performed by The Tornados becomes the first US No.1 by a British group in 1962

 “Telstar” was named after the Telstar communications satellite and one of the first sci-fi-influenced pop songs
, it became the first No.1 by a British group in the U.S but despite it’s success, it also contributed for Joe Meek’s mental health decline

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Big Brother And The Holding Company guitarist Sam Andrew was born on this day in 1941

Guitarist Sam Andrew emerged from the San Francisco Psychedelic Rock music scene during the 1960’s, he formed Big Brother And The Holding Company, that achieved big notoriety with Janis Joplin as a vocalist. He was born on this day in 1941 and we recap his life and career

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