Here at Dircksons we are huge music fans, but the word “fan” doesn’t describe how we fill about the Rock genre. We really admire all of these 5 music professionals, so here are the 5 best guitarists of all time according to Rolling Stone magazine. The positioning of these guitarists is based on technique, influence and impact, among other factors that resulted in their huge success in the music world.
- Jeff Beck
Jeff Beck was born in England in 1944 and began his musical career as a studio musician. In 1965, Jeff joined Yardbirds, which was Eric Clapton’s old band. A few years later, he started his own band, The Jeff Beck Group, and in 1967 they came out with the recording of their first album, The GTO’s.
- Keith Richards
Keith Richards was born in England in 1943, one of the best known in the Rock genre with Mick Jagger forming the great Rolling Stones.
- Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page was also born in England in 1944, just like Jeff Beck, Jimmy was a studio musician and member of the Yardbirds band between 1966 and 1968, at which time the remaining members decided to leave the band. He then invites Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham to form Led Zeppelin, the band that would transform the history of pop rock world. They recorded their first album in 1969.
- Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton was born in England in 1945. When he was 13 years old he received from his grandmother Rose, his first guitar and began studying alone. In the late 1960s, Eric started his solo career having launched about 30 albums over the last 50 years.
- Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix was born in the United States in 1942. In 1966 he founded Jimmy James and the Blue Flames, but his first album just arrived one year later with the collaboration of the drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding.
Soon after the album’s release, the group moved to England, and Hendrix’s career finally took off, where he started to get noticed by the big names in English Rock, like The Beatles and The Who.
In 1969 he joined the Woodstock, delighting more than 500,000 people that were present. The death of this great guitarist occurred in 1970, victim of asphyxiation by drowning in his own vomit.