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Celebrating Thomas J. “Tommy” Tedesco (July 3, 1930 – November 10, 1997), an American guitarist from Niagara Falls, NY and studio musician in Los Angeles. He was part of the leading session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew, who played on thousands of studio recordings in the 1960s and 1970s, including several hundred Top 40 hits.
Celebrating “King” Bennie Nawahi (July 3, 1899 – January 29, 1985), an American steel guitarist from Hawaii who was popular in the U.S. during the 1920s and 1930s.
Celebrating Yngwie Johan Malmsteen (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck; June 30, 1963), a Swedish guitarist known in the 1980s for his neoclassical metal playing style.
David Kenneth Ritz “Dave” Van Ronk (June 30, 1936 – February 10, 2002), an American folk singer born in Brooklyn, NY. An important figure in the American folk music revival and New York City’s Greenwich Village scene in the 1960s.
Celebrating Chester Burton “Chet” Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001), known as “The Country Gentleman”, an American guitarist and record producer who created the country music style known as the Nashville sound.
Celebrating Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten (née Nevills) (January 5, 1893 – June 29, 1987), an American blues and folk musician. A self-taught left-handed guitarist, Cotten developed her own original style and played a guitar strung for a right-handed player, but played it upside down.
Celebrating Joe Maphis, born Otis W. Maphis (May 12, 1921 – June 27, 1986) from Suffolk, VA, one of the flashiest country guitarists of the 1950s and 1960s, known as The King of the Strings.
Celebrating Geoffrey Arnold “Jeff” Beck (born June 24, 1944), an English rock guitarist born in Wallington, Surrey, England, UK.
Lari Basilio (born June 23, 1988) is a rock guitarist born in São Paulo, Brazil. She won the instrumental category of the Samsung E-Festival in 2014 and performed at the Samsung Festival in Brazil, and also at the Malibu Guitar Festival in 2017. Lari was invited by Joe Satriani to be part of the 2019 G4 Experience guitar camp in Palm Springs, CA.
Celebrating John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001), an American blues singer and guitarist born in Tutwiler, MS who rose to prominence playing an electric guitar adaptation of Delta blues, incorporating a driving-rhythm boogie style, talking blues, and early North Mississippi Hill country blues.