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List Rules Please rank these guitar players based only on their performances in the 1970s.

Alright, rock music lovers: Your time has come. This is a list of '70s guitarists - the greatest rock guitar players of the 1970s - voted on by people who live and breathe classic rock. Your job is to rank the great guitarists of the 70s listed here, based on their performance during that decade only. Consider what each of these guitarists brought to the bands that they performed with. Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour: all famous rock guitarists of the '70s that heightened the sound and reputation of every band they played with. Now rank these famous rock guitarists and vote for your favorites!
Ritchie Blackmore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s
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Ritchie Blackmore


Deep Purple, Rainbow

Genres (Music): Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock, + more

Albums: Take It!, Rock Profile, Volume One, Ritchie Blackmore/Blackmore's Night - Golden Collection 2000, Rock Profile, + more

Nationality: United Kingdom

Labels: Pony Canyon, SPV, Edel AG, Spinefarm Records, Tetragrammaton Records, + more

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Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s
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Jimmy Page


The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Honeydrippers, The Firm, Coverdale/Page, Page & Plant, solo

Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll, Jazz, + more

Albums: Coverdale/Page, Come With Me, Live at the Greek, Don’t Send Me No Flowers, Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks, + more

Nationality: England

Labels: Atlantic Records, Geffen Records, Mercury, Fontana Records, Swan Song Records

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David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s
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David Gilmour


Pink Floyd, solo

Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock, + more

Albums: On an Island, David Gilmour, Remember That Night, About Face, Live in Gdańsk, + more

Nationality: England

Labels: Sony Records, Harvest Records, EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Columbia, + more

Career Began: Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s
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Eric Clapton


The Yardbirds, Cream, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Blind Faith, Derek & the Dominoes, solo

Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae, Pop rock, Soft rock, + more

Albums: 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim, Journeyman, Tears in Heaven, + more

Nationality: England

Labels: RSO Records, ATCO Records, Deram Records, Polydor Records, Reprise Records, + more

Career Began: London, United Kingdom

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