Reblog: Three things we can learn from Sir George Martin (1926-2016)

Legendary producer of The Beatles, Sir George Martin, passed away on this day, five years ago. The following day, I wrote this article on a now-defunct page. Reposting here to mark this sad anniversary: Sir George Martin, most famous for acting as the producer of all but one of The Beatles’ albums, passed away yesterday,Continue reading “Reblog: Three things we can learn from Sir George Martin (1926-2016)”

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”

Great Guitarists #10: Mary Osborne

In this, the tenth installment of my Great Guitarists series, I’m a little ashamed to say we have only looked at male guitar players so far. So, to round off my first ‘dectet’ of influential guitar players (and keeping in a jazz theme, like the previous installments), let me introduce to you Mary Osborne… OsborneContinue reading “Great Guitarists #10: Mary Osborne”