To celebrate the 75th birthday of the electric guitar on Friday, we spoke with Rudy Pensa, a guitar expert and the owner of Rudy’s Music in Manhattan. Rudy and Todd Zwillich, who was guest-hosting on Friday, worked their way through the history of the electric guitar.
But there were a few important parts of that history that we didn’t mention. And Roger, a listener from Long Island, commented on our website and reminded us that Muddy Waters was the man who electrified the Chicago blues in the 1940s, and was a major inspiration for the generation of blues musicians that followed him.
We also asked listeners for their favorite guitar licks. A few suggested Steely Dan, including Julie from Great Neck, New York, who sang "Reelin' in the Years" for us over the phone.
Another listener, Erin from Franklin Square, New York, suggested "Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns N Roses.
Patti suggested "Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers," written by Stevie Wonder and performed by Jeff Beck. She said she liked its "beautiful, haunting guitar intro."
And Casey from Vancouver called in to suggest that U2’s guitarist, The Edge, had created a few good riffs. He recommended the one that starts off "Where the Streets Have No Name."
Lastly, in a plug for surf guitar, Guy from Portland suggested "Surf Rider" by Nokie Edwards of The Ventures.
Check out the playlist we created from your answers to "What song do you think best showcases the abilities of the electric guitar?"