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Forgotten Heroes

ARTICLES

Forgotten Heroes: Robert "Kool" Bell

December 29, 2015
The funk bass legend and coleader of Kool & the Gang talks about developing his low-down sound and his secrets for riding the tide of music history for 50 years.
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Forgotten Heroes: Pete Cosey

November 19, 2015
A look at the life and legacy of the guitarist Miles Davis recruited in the mid ’70s when he wanted virtuosic playing on par with Hendrix and Muddy Waters.
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Forgotten Heroes: Denny Walley

August 18, 2015
While playing with Zappa and Beefheart, this blues guitarist pushed the limits of traditional form within avant-garde rock.
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Forgotten Heroes: Pops Staples

June 23, 2015
The gospel guitarist who took his tremolo-shaken country blues from Sunday mass to the masses.
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Forgotten Heroes: Hillel Slovak

March 17, 2015
The first guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers helped pioneer a punk-funk-rock movement in ’80s L.A.
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Forgotten Hero: Ollie Halsall

November 20, 2014
The rise and fall of one of the most original guitar players to emerge from the 1960s British Invasion.
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Forgotten Heroes: Curtis Mayfield

October 6, 2014
Explore the life, music, and legacy of the ’60s soul and funk pioneer.
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Forgotten Heroes: Emily Remler

July 29, 2014
A nice New Jersey girl changed jazz guitar forever by getting so good that people had to listen to her unleash her inner Wes Montgomery.
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Forgotten Heroes: Bruce Langhorne

June 9, 2014
You may not know his name, but “Mr. Tambourine Man” helped pioneer ’60s folk-rock with his amplified Martin flattop.
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Staff Picks: Unsung Heroes

April 27, 2014
Traffic’s Dave Mason joins PG editors and our Reader of the Month in celebrating our forgotten heroes—masterful players who’ve impacted the course of guitar history but perhaps never got their dues.
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Forgotten Heroes: Paul Kossoff

December 6, 2013
The life and techniques of Free’s legendary lead guitarist told through anecdotes from friends and fans, including Paul Rodgers and Joe Bonamassa.
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Forgotten Heroes: Ted Greene

September 26, 2013
The life and legacy of one of the most brilliant and influential guitar instructors who ever lived.
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Forgotten Heroes: Terry Kath

May 11, 2013
A founding member of Chicago—one of the first rock bands to incorporate a horn section—Kath helped forge a path for this band that included eight platinum albums in as many years.
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Forgotten Heroes: Big Jim Sullivan

January 9, 2013
We pay tribute to a fretboard legend who came of age alongside a young Jimmy Page, and wound up supporting Tom Jones for many years in Vegas.
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Forgotten Heroes: Carol Kaye

August 10, 2012
Her fluidly picked Fender bass lines have propelled classic songs by the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, Joe Cocker, Frank Sinatra (and his daughter Nancy), Ray Charles, Lou Rawls, Glen Campbell, Barbra Streisand, Sonny & Cher, and the Monkees, to name just a few.
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Forgotten Heroes: Johnny "Guitar" Watson

May 11, 2012
Johnny "Guitar Watson Born: February 3, 1935 Died: May 17, 1996 Best Known For: A pioneer and innovator of blues, R&B, and electric funk guitar, Watson influenced a wide
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Forgotten Heroes: Jimmy Wyble

February 10, 2012
An incredibly talented guitar player and teacher who created a family tree of musicians built on sincerity and patience.
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Forgotten Heroes: Paul Bigsby

November 17, 2011
Although Paul Bigsby isn''t known as much for his luthiery as his vibrato, his early instruments had a profound impact on iconic designs by Leo Fender and Gibson—and thus on the evolution of the electric guitar in general.
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Forgotten Heroes: Cornell Dupree

July 19, 2011
Besides playing on so many sessions and hits that they called him “Mr. 2500,” Cornell Dupree was a favorite of major-label producers and superstars alike because he could come in and lay down tight, soulful tracks for Aretha Franklin, and then show up the next day to hit a home run for Paul Simon or Miles Davis.
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Forgotten Heroes: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

April 19, 2011
The second installment in our new series on players who’ve shaped the history of guitar highlights an incredibly soulful gospel singer who transcended race and gender and presaged rock ’n’ roll with her white Gibson 1961 SG/Les Paul and cranked tube amps.
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