The introduction to Guitar Player’s 12 Most Influential Guitarists of All Time starts with an apology, as if they were expecting an avalanche of criticism – and I know I’ve done my share of whinging about lists over the years.
But they’re talkin’ about influence – not who’s best or who’s the most favoured – and I, for one can’t find a darn thing wrong with this one.
Who hasn’t copped a Chuck Berry lick? Who hasn’t tried to emulate Clapton or Page or Van Halen? Who hasn’t dropped his or her jaw at Hendrix or SRV and said, “How’d he do that?” Who doesn’t appreciate how large Robert Johnson or Chet Atkins loom over all those cats? And then there’s B.B..
Influential? You bet.