Dear music lovers,

I wish you a happy Friday, weekend arrives!

I started to play guitar when I was 10 years old. and today I want to write about the guitar players that influenced me the most.

The first track that I tried to play on my electric guitar was “Who Knows” performed by guitar legend Jimi Hendrix.

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Here´s a very rare video of Hendrix performing “Hey Joe” playing the guitar solo with his tongue.

And her´s another very rare video showing Jimi Hendrix jamming with Eric Clapton & Cream in London. Jimi dethroned the “God” Clapton. This video supplies also a lot of insider information around the foundation of trhe legebdary “Jimi Hendix Experience”,

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And here´s another of my favorite guitar heroes, Zakk Wylde, the longterm guitar player of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne.

Zakk Wylde

Wylde in August 2010
Background information
Birth name Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt
Born January 14, 1967 (age 51)
Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
Genres Heavy metalhard rocksludge metalgroove metalsouthern rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, actor, producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals, keyboards, harmonica, bass
Years active 1987–present
Labels GeffenSpitfireInside Out, Artemis, RoadrunnerEpicSony
Associated acts Black Label SocietyOzzy OsbournePride & GlorySteel DragonBritny FoxBlack Sabbath
Zakk Wylde (born Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt on January 14, 1967) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor who is best known as the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society. His signature bulls-eye design appears on many of his guitars and is widely recognized. He was the lead guitarist and vocalist in Pride & Glory, who released one self-titled album in 1994 before disbanding. As a solo artist he released Book of Shadows and Book of Shadows II.

In this video one of his best guitar solos with Osbourne.

And here´s my all time favorite guitar solo in a song of Zakk Wylde´s band “Black Label Society.

In my first blog “FUSION” we heard  Billy Gobham´s “Spectrum”. with guitar player Tommy Bolin.

Tommy Bolin
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Bolin in 1975
Background information
Birth name Thomas Richard Bolin
Born August 1, 1951
Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.
Died December 4, 1976 (aged 25)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Genres Hard rockblues rockfunk rockjazz fusion
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass, drums, piano, keyboards, synthesizer
Years active 1966–1976
Labels Columbia
Associated acts ZephyrBilly CobhamJames GangDeep PurpleMoxyAlphonse Mouzon, Energy, A Patch of Blue
Thomas Richard Bolin (August 1, 1951 – December 4, 1976) was an American guitarist and songwriter who played with Zephyr (from 1969 to 1971), James Gang (from 1973 through 1974), and Deep Purple (from 1975 to 1976), in addition to maintaining a notable career as a solo artist and session musician. Much of his discography was either unreleased at the time of recording, or had gone out of print and was not released again until years after his death by drug overdose at age 25.

Here´s one of my favorite songs from his first solo album “Teaser”.

And here´s one of my all time favorite songs, from the time when Tommy Bolin played with James Gang.

I want to introduce a guitar legend that influenced me a lot with his unmistakeable guitar sound created with a !voice box” that I had to byuy immediatly to copy his sound.

Johnny “Guitar” Watson
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Watson in 1976
Background information
Birth name John Watson Jr.
Also known as Young John Watson
Born February 3, 1935
Houston, Texas, United States
Died May 17, 1996 (aged 61)
Yokohama, Japan
Genres Bluessoulfunk
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, bass guitar, drums
Years active 1952–1996
Labels Federal, RPM, Keen, Class, Kent, Arvee, Goth, Escort, KingHighland, Jowat, OkehFantasyDJMA&MValley Vue, Wilma
Associated acts Chuck HigginsFloyd DixonLarry WilliamsThe Mighty HannibalEtta JamesFrank Zappa

John Watson Jr. (February 3, 1935 – May 17, 1996), known professionally as Johnny “Guitar” Watson, was an American bluessoul, and funk musician and singer-songwriter. A flamboyant showman and electric guitarist in the style of T-Bone Walker, Watson recorded throughout the 1950s and 1960s with some success. His creative reinvention in the 1970s with funk overtones, saw Watson have hits with “Ain’t That a Bitch”, “I Need It” and “Superman Lover”. His successful recording career spanned forty years, with his highest chart appearance being the 1977 song “A Real Mother For Ya”.

I want to finish my story for today wth guitar legend Mark Knopfler.

Mark Knopfler

Knopfler in 2015
Background information
Birth name Mark Freuder Knopfler
Born 12 August 1949 (age 68)
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Origin Blyth, Northumberland
Occupation(s) Film score composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1965–present
Labels VertigoMercuryWarner Bros.Reprise
Associated acts Dire StraitsThe Notting HillbilliesChet AtkinsBob DylanEric ClaptonEmmylou HarrisSonny LandrethStingBrewers Droop
Mark Freuder KnopflerOBE (born 12 August 1949) is a British singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer. He was the lead guitarist, lead singer and songwriter for the rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded with his younger brother, David Knopfler, in 1977. He was born in Glasgow but raised near Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
Since Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler has recorded and produced eight solo albums and, as with his previous band, produced many hit songs.He has composed and produced film scores for nine films, including Local Hero (1983), Cal (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), Wag the Dog (1997) and Altamira (2016).
In addition to his work with Dire Straits, Knopfler has, as a solo artist, recorded and performed with many prominent musicians, including B.B. KingChet AtkinsChris BottiJohn Andersonthe ChieftainsEric ClaptonBob DylanElton JohnBryan FerryGeorge JonesEmmylou HarrisJools HollandSonny LandrethPhil LynottDonal LunnyVan MorrisonSteely DanSting, and James Taylor, sometimes working as a session musician. He has produced albums for Tina TurnerBob Dylan, and Randy Newman.
Knopfler is a fingerstyle guitarist and was ranked 27th on Rolling Stones list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120 million records to date A four-time Grammy Award winner, Knopfler is the recipient of the Edison Award, the Steiger Award and the Ivor Novello Award, as well as holding three honorary doctorate degrees in music from universities in the United Kingdom. Knopfler was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Dire Straits in 2018.

Here´s Mark Knopfler playing “Brothers In Arms with big Orchestra.

I wish you a beautiful Friday and will come back tomorrow with a new story, this time about the Austrian record label DUM DUM RECORDS.