“He’s real tough, and when he’s liquored up, he can really play!” Pat Hare influenced Stevie Ray Vaughan, beat Cream and Led Zeppelin to the blues-rock punch, and recorded an eerily prescient guitar knockout called I’m Gonna Murder My Baby

Pat Hare performs live in 1980
(Image credit: PBS)

What is it they always say about life imitating art? Well, you rarely see as sharp an example of this phenomenon as you do in the case of electric guitar pioneer Pat Hare. 

Back in 1954 – over a decade before Cream's first gig, almost 15 years before the birth of Led Zeppelin, and even a few years before the release of Link Wray's menacing, distorted guitar instrumental, Rumble – bluesman Pat Hare released an absolutely brutal single titled I’m Gonna Murder My Baby, driven by furious, distorted power chords that can still raise the hair on your neck today.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.