Celebrating Larry Eugene Carlton (born March 2, 1948), an American guitarist who built his career as a studio musician in the 1970s and ’80s.
Celebrating Norman Jeffrey “Jeff” Healey (March 25, 1966 – March 2, 2008), a Canadian blues-rock guitarist and vocalist who attained musical popularity in the 1980s and 1990s.
Celebrating Charles Henry “Charlie” Christian (July 29, 1916 – March 2, 1942), an American jazz guitarist born in Bonham, TX, and an important early performer on the electric guitar.
Celebrating Frederick William “Freddie” Green (March 31, 1911 – March 1, 1987), an American swing jazz guitarist who played rhythm guitar with the Count Basie Orchestra for almost fifty years.
Celebrating John Aloysius Fahey (February 28, 1939 – February 22, 2001), an American fingerstyle guitarist described as the foundation of American Primitive Guitar. John Fahey borrowed from the folk and blues traditions in American roots music.
Celebrating Raymond Kaleoalohapoinaʻoleohelemanu “Ray” Kāne (October 2, 1925 – February 27, 2008), one of Hawaii’s acknowledged masters of the slack-key guitar.
Celebrating Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gómez (December 21, 1947 – February 25, 2014), known as Paco de Lucía, a Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist, and a leading proponent of the new flamenco style who crossed over successfully into other genres.
Celebrating Ryo Kawasaki (February 25, 1947 – April 13, 2020), a Japanese jazz fusion guitarist best known as one of the first to develop the fusion genre, and for helping to develop the guitar synthesizer in collaboration with Roland Corporation and Korg. In the mid-1980s, Kawasaki drifted out of performing music in favor of writing …
Celebrating Alexander “Sandy” Bull (February 25, 1941 – April 11, 2001), an American folk guitarist and player of many stringed instruments. His early work blends non-western instruments within the 1960s folk revival.
Celebrating Andrés Segovia Torres, 1st Marquis of Salobreña – (February 21, 1893 – June 2, 1987), known as Andrés Segovia, virtuoso Spanish classical guitarist. He was the most important force in making the guitar a concert instrument and continued to perform into his 90s.