His licks on "Roll Over Beethoven," "Maybellene" and "Johnny B.

Goode" became the ABC's for every would-be guitar slinger.

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Hendrix bought his first guitar for $5 at the age of 15, replacing the broomstick he'd carried with him as perhaps the world's first air guitarist.

He backed Little Richard, Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke before forming the Jimi Hendrix Experience, which grabbed national attention when its frontman set his guitar on fire at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, The groundbreaking lefty who played a right-handed Fender Stratocaster upside down died of an overdose in 1970 at age 27.

"Match her and Bob Dylan up as poets, and they are in the same ballpark.

But Joni was a much more sophisticated musician."The lead guitarist's signature power chords on the Kinks' 1964 single "You Really Got Me" drove it to the top of the charts and influenced every guitar-driven garage band to follow.

With a guitar tuned by Satan, Johnson's fingers caught fire; in return, the ill-fated bluesman offered up his soul. Keith Richards would stand tall among guitarists even if the opening three-note riff of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" had been his only contribution to the rock and roll canon. Then Richards woke up, grabbed his cassette recorder, laid the riff down and went back to sleep. The frustrated Presley started cutting up with an old blues number, "That's All Right," and Moore joined in. Moore went on to back Elvis on most of his pre-Army hits.

That's when Sun owner Sam Phillips stuck his head out of the control booth and asked: "What are you doing? "Everyone else wanted to be Elvis," Keith Richards said decades later.

Ironically, Kinks frontman Ray Davies—Dave's brother—wrote the song on a piano.

Heavily influenced by "gypsy jazz" great Django Reinhardt, Nelson has for over 40 years created his signature sweet sound on a 0 Martin guitar he calls Trigger, after movie cowboy Roy Rogers' horse.

"You want to be like emissaries of light," Santana once said. The kind of guitar I want to play is mean, mean licks.""If there were no Carl Perkins, there would be no Beatles," said Paul Mc Cartney.