Celebrating Leonard Harold “Lenny” Breau (August 5, 1941 – August 12, 1984), born in Auburn, Maine, but moved with his family to Canada in 1948. He employed fingerstyle techniques not often used in jazz guitar. A documentary entitled The Genius of Lenny Breau was produced in 1999 which includes interviews with Chet Atkins, Ted Greene, …
Celebrating Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009), known as Les Paul, an American guitarist and inventor. Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, he was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar and many recording innovations.
Celebrating Clarence Leonidas “Leo” Fender (August 10, 1909 – March 21, 1991), an American inventor who founded Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company and later founded two other musical instrument companies. The guitars, bass guitars, and amplifiers he designed from the 1940s onward are still widely used: the Fender Telecaster (1950) was the first mass-produced solid-body …
Celebrating David Howell Evans (born August 8, 1961), better known by his stage name the Edge, an Irish musician best known as the lead guitarist for the rock band U2.
Celebrating John Renbourn (August 8, 1944 – March 26, 2015), an English guitarist known for his work with the folk group Pentangle. Renbourn’s musical tastes took in early music, classical music, jazz, blues and world music.
Celebrating Martha Kristin Hersh (born August 7, 1966), an American guitarist born in Atlanta, GA, known for her rock bands Throwing Muses and 50FootWave. Her style ranges from jaggedly dissonant to traditional folk.
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Celebrating Sharon Isbin (born August 7, 1956), an American Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the founding director of the Guitar Department at Juilliard.
Celebrating Earl “Chinna” Smith (born August 6, 1955), a Jamaican guitarist active since the late 1960s. He is most well known for his work with the Soul Syndicate band.
Celebrating Lizzie Douglas (June 3, 1897 – August 6, 1973), known as Memphis Minnie, a blues guitarist whose recording career lasted from the 1920s to the 1950s. Among her best known songs were “Bumble Bee” and “When the Levee Breaks.”