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Chet Atkins - 100% match to Les Paul

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Chester Burton Atkins, 20 June 1924, Luttrell, Tennessee, USA, d. 30 June 2001, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The man known as ‘Mister Guitar’ was one of the most influential and prolific guitarists of the twentieth century, as well as an important producer and an RCA Records executive. The son of a music teacher and brother of guitarist Jim Atkins (who played with Le Read more

Big Bill Broonzy - 27% match to Les Paul

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Lee Conley Broonzy, 26 June 1893 (some sources give 1898), Scott, Mississippi, USA, d. 14 August 1958, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Broonzy worked as a field hand, and it was behind the mule that he first developed his unmistakable, hollering voice, with its remarkable range and flexibility. As a child he made himself a violin, and learned to play under the guidance of an Read more

Johnny Winter - 27% match to Les Paul

Genres: Blues Blues Music Theme Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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23 February 1944, Leland, Mississippi, USA. Raised in Beaumont, Texas, with younger brother Edgar Winter, Johnny was a child prodigy prior to forging a career as a blues guitarist. He made his recording debut in 1960, fronting Johnny And The Jammers, and over the next eight years completed scores of masters, many of which remained unreleased until his success prompted their Read more

Buddy Guy - 24% match to Les Paul

Genres: Blues Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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George Guy, 30 July 1936, Lettsworth, Louisiana, USA. An impassioned and influential guitarist, Buddy Guy learned to play the blues on a rudimentary, home made instrument, copying records he heard on the radio. By the mid-50s he was sitting in with several of the region’s leading performers, including Slim Harpo and Lightnin’ Slim. In 1957 Guy moved north to Chicag Read more

Dinah Washington - 24% match to Les Paul

Genres: Blues Jazz Jazz R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ruth Lee Jones, 29 August 1924, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA, d. 14 December 1963, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Raised in Chicago, Dinah Washington first sang in church choirs for which she also played piano. She then worked in local clubs, where she was heard by Lionel Hampton, who promptly hired her. She was with Hampton from 1943-46, recording hits with ‘Evil Gal Blues’, Read more

Jeff Beck - 24% match to Les Paul

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 June 1944, Wallington, Surrey, England. As a former choirboy, the young Beck was interested in music from an early age, becoming a competent pianist and guitarist by the age of 11. His first main band was the Tridents, who made a name for themselves locally. After leaving that band, Beck took on the seemingly impossible task of filling the shoes of Eric Clapton, who had r Read more

Della Reese - 23% match to Les Paul

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Dellareese Taliaferro, 6 July 1932, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Reese is a renowned gospel singer, working with Mahalia Jackson and Clara Ward before becoming lead singer with the Meditation Singers. Her place was taken by Laura Lee when she left to join the Erskine Hawkins orchestra in 1956. Reese began a solo recording career with Jubilee in 1957, releasing the Top 20 hit  Read more

Roy Buchanan - 22% match to Les Paul

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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23 September 1939, Ozark, Alabama, USA, d. 14 August 1988. The son of a preacher, Buchanan discovered gospel music through the influence of travelling revivalists. This interest engendered his love of R&B and, having served an apprenticeship playing guitar in scores of minor groups, he secured fame on joining Dale Hawkins in 1958. Although Buchanan is often erroneously c Read more

Ry Cooder - 22% match to Les Paul

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Instrumental Latin Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Soundtracks World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ryland Peter Cooder, 15 March 1947, Los Angeles, California, USA. One of popular music’s premier talents, Cooder mastered the rudiments of guitar while still a child. He learned the techniques of traditional music from Rev. Gary Davis and by the age of 17 was part of a blues act with singer Jackie DeShannon. In 1965, he formed the Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and veteran Read more

Django Reinhardt - 21% match to Les Paul

Genres: Blues Jazz Jazz Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jean Baptiste Reinhardt, 23 January 1910, Liberchies, near Luttre, Belgium, d. 16 May 1953, Fontainebleau, France. Reinhardt first played violin but later took up the guitar. Living a nomadic life with his gypsy family, he played in a touring show before he was in his teens. Following serious injuries which he suffered in a caravan fire in 1928 he lost the use of two fingers Read more

Eddie Fisher - 21% match to Les Paul

Genres: Funk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edwin Jack Fisher, 10 August 1928, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Fisher was a ‘bobby sox idol’, one of the most popular US singers of the 50s, with a strong, melodic voice. He sang with the bands of Buddy Morrow and Charlie Ventura at the age of 18, and his nickname was ‘Sonny Boy’ because of his affection for Al Jolson songs. In 1949 he gained nationw Read more

George Benson - 21% match to Les Paul

Genres: Jazz Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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22 March 1943, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. This guitarist and singer successfully planted his feet in both the modern jazz and easy-listening pop camps in the mid-70s when jazz pop as well as jazz rock became a most lucrative proposition. Before a move to New York in 1963, he had played in various R&B outfits local to Pittsburgh, including the Altairs and the Four Cou Read more

Taj Mahal - 21% match to Les Paul

Genres: Blues Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, 17 May 1940, New York City, New York, USA. The son of a West Indian jazz arranger, Taj Mahal developed his early interest in black music by studying its origins while at the University of Massachusetts. After graduating with a BA in Agriculture, he began performing in Boston clubs, before moving to the west coast in 1965. The artist was a founde Read more

Albert King - 20% match to Les Paul

Genres: Blues Blues Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Albert Nelson, 23 April 1923 (although three other dates have also been published), Indianola, Mississippi, USA, d. 21 December 1992, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Despite the fact that his work has been overshadowed by that of his regal namesake B.B. King, this exceptional performer was one of the finest in the entire blues/soul canon. King’s first solo recording, ‘Bad Read more

Jo Stafford - 20% match to Les Paul

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 November 1920, Coalinga, near Fresno, California, USA. Although the birth date above is the one that has been accepted for some time, the alternative year of 1917 is given in the booklet accompanying the 1991 CD in the Capitol Records Collectors Series.One of the most popular female singers of the 40s and 50s, while still at high school Stafford st Read more


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