Pre 1950s

Tiny Grimes

Tiny Grimes Biography Tiny Grimes was one of the earliest jazz electric guitarists to be influenced by Charlie Christian, and he developed his own swinging style. Early on, he was a drummer and worked as a pianist in Washington. In 1938, he started playing electric guitar, and two years later he was playing in a popular jive …

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T-Bone Walker

T-Bone Walker Biography Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer (1910–1975) Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter T-Bone Walker is best known for his hit song “Stormy Monday”  and has been called the Charlie Parker of Blues guitar. Synopsis T-Bone Walker was born on May 28, 1910, in Linden, Texas. He recorded “Trinity River Blues” and “Witchita Falls Blues” in 1929, then played with a …

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Chet Atkins

Chet had me at a disadvantage because he could copy what I was doing, but I couldn’t copy what he was doing. With these words, the renowned guitarist and inventor Les Paul heaped praise upon Chet Atkins, referring his experience recording the legendary album ¨Chester and Lester¨ in which the two masterful musicians traded licks. …

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Les Paul

When you talk about Les Paul, you have to talk about two equally important spheres of influence. There´s the great guitarist who played jazz, country music, blues, and rock and roll, and then there´s the tireless inventor whose many innovations really were game changers for musicians and audio engineers. As a player, Les Paul played …

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