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Forgotten Guitar: Les Paul and Mary Ford's 1954 Guitar Duel

Les Paul—guitarist, songwriter, luthier, inventor and pioneer of the solid-body electric—was a mainstay in the guitar world during his lengthy career.In the first half of the 1950s, though, the musical team of Les and his wife Mary Ford wasn’t only known in guitar circles; they actually were two of the biggest names in music.The couple produced 16 top-10 hits, including two Number 1 tunes—"How... …

Forgotten Guitar: Zakk Wylde Demos His "Chicken Pickin'" Technique in 1991

In 1991, MTV’s Headbangers Ball shot a short video profile of guitarist Zakk Wylde.Wylde, who was 24 at the time, was touring in support of Ozzy Osborune’s sixth studio album, No More Tears. In the clip, which you can check out below, Zakk talks about some of his early influences, what it was like starting out with Ozzy and his opinions on having the ability to read music.Midway through the... …

Forgotten Guitar: Soundboard Recordings of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s David Bowie Rehearsals

In January 1983, David Bowie invited Stevie Ray Vaughan to record guitar for six new tracks he’d written for his upcoming release, Let’s Dance.Vaughan’s powerful and unique guitar work brought a fresh sound to Bowie’s music, most famously on songs like “China Girl” and the album’s title track.With the album a success, Bowie was keen for SRV to join his group for the subsequent Serious Moonlight... …

Forgotten Guitar: Earliest Known Live Footage of the Jimi Hendrix Experience

In February 1967, three months before the release of their debut studio album, Are You Experienced, the Jimi Hendrix Experience took to the stage in a small club around 30 miles outside London. Luckily, someone captured the moment on film.The venue was the Chelmsford Corn Exchange (affectionately known as the Corn'ole by local mods). Although modestly sized, it wasn't short of famous faces;... …

Forgotten Guitar: Rare Footage of Jimi Hendrix’s Full Performance at the Albert Hall in 1969

Jimi Hendrix played London's Royal Albert Hall on three occasions between 1967 and 1969, firstly sharing the bill with likes of (the) Pink Floyd, the Amen Corner, the Nice and the Move.When he returned to the venue in February 1969, it was to headline two sold-out nights supported by the Soft Machine.At the time, tension had been growing between the band and their management for several months,... …

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