In praise of The Animals

I recently read about the passing of Hilton Valentine, the original guitarist for The Animals, who has died, aged 77. Valentine’s simple arpeggiated riff in the band’s version of the traditional tune House of the Rising Sun remains one of the most recognisable guitar parts in the history of rock’n’roll. Valentine’s passing caused me toContinue reading “In praise of The Animals”

Ten guitarists who influenced my playing, in pictures

This is one of those exercises / challenges which circulates around Facebook from time to time (much like the one which inspired a previous post about ten albums which inspired me). This one asked guitarists to post photographs of ten guitar players who had been the greatest influence on their own playing. I find theseContinue reading “Ten guitarists who influenced my playing, in pictures”

Great Guitarists #11: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

In this installment, a singer and guitar player who took the blues, folk and gospel and created what could arguably be considered the forerunner to rock’n’roll… Sister Rosetta Tharpe Born in 1915, Tharpe (born Rosetta Nubin) started playing guitar and singing in church at the young age of just four years old. Touring with anContinue reading “Great Guitarists #11: Sister Rosetta Tharpe”