Let’s face it: one of the most important parts of a song is its intro. A memorable intro can bring lighters out of pockets, prompt roars of recognition from a crowd and cause freeway drivers to reach for the volume knob.
As a result of their world-conquering commercial success, it's easy to consider the Police mere "hit makers." But drawing that conclusion would undermine a truly phenomenal—and musically progressive—body of work. Though Sting's dark, brooding songwriting seemed to dominate the band, equally crucial were the musical contributions of the trio's soft-spoken guitarist, Andy Summers.
It's hard to overstate Van Halen's impact in the world of rock music. Led by Eddie Van Halen's ferocious, fiery and always innovative guitar playing, Van Halen carved out a niche in music that hadn't existed before, and spawned innumerable imitators.
Rarely can you point to a single musician and make a valid claim that they invented an entire genre virtually on their own. But that description isn't much of a stretch for Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, one of the most influential and oft-imitated guitarists in the history of music.
What’s in a name? When it comes to rock ’n’ roll, pretty much everything. Rock stardom is all about reinventing yourself, becoming a larger-than-life figure that stands apart from the crowd. And if you want the girls or guys, or both, to scream your name, it had better be an awesome, sexy, memorable one. Or at least pronounceable.
A guitarist's first love is music. Which presents a real problem when it comes to setting the mood for a little romance. Who can possibly concentrate on making out when the real hot licks are emanating from the speakers?
Dixon, who—as we've implied above—was born July 1, 1915, was primarily a bassist and singer, but a bassist and singer who happened to write hundreds of incredible, often dark and eerie songs, several of which found their way in the catalogs of the biggest artists of the Sixties, Seventies, Eighties and beyond.