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John Prine: 1946–2020

April 10, 2020
One of America’s greatest songwriters loses his life to the coronavirus, leaving a legacy of humor, humanity, and erudite craftsmanship in his indelible work.
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Andy Gill: 1956–2020

February 3, 2020
The anarchist king of punk-rock guitar led the Gang of Four with a sound that was equal parts precision and destruction, kicking open the doors for a radical new breed of player.
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Dick Dale: 1937–2019

March 18, 2019
In his 60-year career, the legendary king of surf guitar and “father of heavy metal” purveyed a unique approach that influenced generations of players.
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Jim Dunlop Sr.: 1936–2019

February 7, 2019
PG remembers the guitar-accessory innovator and savior of classic electronic devices such as the Cry Baby wah.
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Reggie Young: 1936–2019

January 18, 2019
The king of the intro hook helped author the 6-string sound of Memphis soul with his classic licks, and crystallized country guitar in the ’70s and ’80s, with his trusty ’57 Strat, ’69 Tele, and Gibson ES-335.
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Roy Clark: 1933–2018

November 16, 2018
The legendary guitarist reached the world through television, but touched his fans’ hearts through a mix of virtuosity and humor.
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Melvin “Wah Wah Watson” Ragin: 1950–2018

October 26, 2018
With his rhythmic skill and creative daring, the inventive guitarist proved that the wah pedal was much more than a gimmick.
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Otis Rush: 1935–2018

October 1, 2018
The influential bluesman raised the bar for 6-string virtuosity, influencing Clapton, Page, Beck, and a host of others while adding classic songs to the American music canon.
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Ed King: 1949-2018

August 24, 2018
The Lynyrd Skynyrd and Strawberry Alarm Clock guitarist put his licks on rock history, cowriting hits like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Saturday Night Special,” and playing on the original recording of “Free Bird.”
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Dennis Kager: 1943–2018

August 16, 2018
The creator of Sundown amps’ storied career led from Ampeg to the Allman Brothers and beyond.
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Reggie Lucas: 1953–2018

May 23, 2018
From playing classic soul to breaking ground with Miles Davis to crafting pop hits for Stephanie Mills and Madonna, the guitarist-producer led a dazzling and varied career.
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Glenn Branca: 1948–2018

May 16, 2018
Elliott Sharp pays tribute to an experimental guitarist and composer who believed in the power of “ghost instruments”—sometimes conjured in his symphonies by 100 guitars.
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Nokie Edwards: 1935–2018

March 13, 2018
Luthier and PG columnist Jol Dantzig pays homage to the Ventures' lead guitarist who helped shape instrumental rock and electric-guitar history.
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Remembering Tom Wheeler

February 12, 2018
We pay tribute to a founding father of guitar journalism.
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Malcolm Young: 1953–2017

November 21, 2017
The riff-savvy heart and soul of AC/DC dies at 64.
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Tom Petty: 1950–2017

October 4, 2017
Remembering the legendary singer-songwriter, guitarist, rock ’n’ roll rebel, and ambassador of the American spirit.
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Walter Becker: 1950-2017

September 5, 2017
Steely Dan’s guitar stylist, arranger, and songwriter blended blues and jazz with sardonic wit—and never hesitated to share the spotlight.
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John Abercrombie: 1944-2017

August 24, 2017
Nels Cline remembers the great guitarist and composer who had a profound and lasting impact on ’70s fusion and contemporary jazz improvisation.
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Glen Campbell: 1936–2017

August 9, 2017
The masterful guitarist and vocalist rose from session musician to superstar by fusing pop and country.
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Bill Collings: 1948–2017

July 19, 2017
A fellow guitar builder pays fond tribute to a giant of modern lutherie.
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