Celebrating Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), known as Howlin’ Wolf, a Chicago blues singer and guitarist, originally from Mississippi. With a booming voice and imposing physical presence, he is one of the best-known Chicago blues artists.
Celebrating James Patrick “Jimmy” Page OBE (born January 9, 1944), an English musician who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.
Celebrating Oluwatosin Ayoyinka Olumide “Tosin” Abasi (born January 7, 1983), an American guitarist from Washington, D.C., best known as the founder of the instrumental progressive metal band Animals as Leaders.
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 John McLaughlin (born January 4, 1942), an English guitarist whose 1970s electric band, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, performed a complex style of music that fused electric jazz and rock with Indian influences.
Celebrating Kat Dyson (January 3, 1960), an American guitarist born in Virginia, best known for her work with Prince as a member of The New Power Generation, along with friend, bassist Rhonda Smith. She composes music for television and film and has also worked with Cyndi Lauper, Sheila E., Keb Mo’, Jeff Healey, and in a number of talk-show house bands.
Celebrating Brody Dalle (born Bree Joanna Alice Robinson; January 1, 1979), an Australian-born guitarist. Dalle began playing music in her adolescence and moved to Los Angeles, California at age eighteen, where she founded the punk rock band The Distillers.
Celebrating Michael Alden Hedges (December 31, 1953 – December 2, 1997), an American acoustic guitarist from Sacramento, CA, known for his use of advanced techniques and percussive slapping on the guitar body.
Celebrating Andrew James Somers (born December 31, 1942), known professionally as Andy Summers, an English guitarist who was a member of the rock band the Police.
Celebrating Odetta Holmes (December 31, 1930 – December 2, 2008), known as Odetta, an American singer, actress, guitarist, lyricist, and a civil and human rights activist, often referred to as “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement”.