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Friday, November 09, 2007

Dead Guitarists - Part I

I'm not sure what has gotten into me of late besides a handful of Percocets and a twelve pack of Busch. In any case, I have had a yearning to go back in the Yuma vault and dig out dead axemen tunes.

Here's one of the greatest slide players I've seen: Lowell George

Rather than the traditional glass or steel slide, George employed a Sears & Roebuck 11/16ths spark-plug socket wrench. Although not the first – since 1965 Ry Cooder had been playing slide live and on albums – George was certainly amongst the pioneers of the use of slide guitar in rock music. After minor stints with the Factory and The Standells, George teamed up with the Mothers Of Invention in 1969. He recalls that he was tossed from the band after proposing the song "Willin" because of it's references to drugs.From 1970 to 1979, he was the spirit and soul of Little Feat. Dead at age 34 from excess, his band continues on without the swagger and soul that Lowell brought to the table.