Musicians Famous Guitarists from Chicago

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List of famous guitarists born who were born in Chicago, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Chicago are legends in the music world, each with their own innovative styles of play. If you play guitar, whether acoustic or electric, then these famous Chicago guitar players should be people you look up to. These are some of the best guitarists that have ever picked up the instrument, and whether they play rock, blues, metal or folk, these men and women are considered legends.

Billy Corgan and Curtis Mayfield are included on this list along with many more.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Chicago?" and "Who are famous Chicago guitarists?"

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Billy Corgan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 51 William Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, producer, and poet, best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing ...more

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Nils Lofgren is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 67 Nils Hilmer Lofgren is an American rock musician, recording artist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Along with his work as a solo artist, he has been a member of Bruce Springsteen's E ...more

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Terry Kath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
Died at 32 (1946-1978) Terry Alan Kath was an American musician and songwriter, best known as the original guitarist, co-lead singer and founding member of the rock band Chicago. He has been praised by the band for ...more

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Fast Eddie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 46 Fast Eddie is an American house producer from Chicago, Illinois.

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Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
Dec. at 57 (1942-1999) Curtis Lee Mayfield was an African American soul, R&B, and funk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, who was one of the most influential musicians behind soul and politically ...more

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Carlos Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 65 Carlos Johnson is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is left-handed, but plays a right-handed instrument upside-down like players such as Otis Rush and Albert King. Johnson is known for ...more

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James Iha is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 50 James Yoshinobu Iha is an American rock musician. He is best known as former guitarist and co-founder of the alternative rock band the Smashing Pumpkins and for his electric musical projects of ...more

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Richard Bennett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 67 Richard Bennett is an American guitarist, sideman, session musician, and record producer. As a touring sideman, he performed with Neil Diamond for 17 years, and Mark Knopfler since 1994. As a ...more

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John Myung is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 51 John Ro Myung is an American bassist and a founding member of the progressive metal/rock group Dream Theater. He is one of two longest serving members of Dream Theater along with John Petrucci. ...more

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Tom Paxton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 81 Thomas Richard "Tom" Paxton is an American folk singer-songwriter who has had a music career spanning more than fifty years. In 2009, Paxton received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement ...more

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Mike Bloomfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
Died at 38 (1943-1981) Michael Bernard "Mike" Bloomfield was an American musician, guitarist, and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois, who became one of the first popular music superstars of the 1960s to ...more

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Roger McGuinn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 76 James Roger McGuinn known professionally as Roger McGuinn and previously as Jim McGuinn, is an American musician. He is best known for being the lead singer and lead guitarist on many of The ...more

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Melissa McClelland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 39 Melissa McClelland is an American-born Canadian singer-songwriter who lived in Hamilton, Ontario, in her youth and now bases her career from Toronto. McClelland's music is influenced by blues ...more

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James Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 69 James V. "J.Y." Young is a guitarist, singer and songwriter who is best known for playing lead guitar in the American rock band, Styx. Young began playing keyboard and piano at the age ...more

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Jellybean Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 62 Garry George "Jellybean" Johnson, is an American drummer, guitarist, songwriter, producer and musician based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. A member and drummer of the band named The ...more

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Stanley Jordan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 59 Stanley Jordan is an American jazz/jazz fusion guitarist and pianist.

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Bernard Allison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 53 Bernard Allison is a blues guitarist based out of Paris, France.

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Cortelia Clark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
Died at 62 (1907-1969) Cortelia Clark was an African American blues singer and guitarist, known for his performances on the streets of Nashville. He won a Grammy for Best Folk Recording in 1967, for the album Blues in ...more

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Warren DeMartini is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 55 Warren Justin DeMartini, nicknamed Torch, is the lead guitarist for Ratt, a popular American band during the mid-to-late 1980s Los Angeles glam metal scene.

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Frankie Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 63 Frank Michael "Frankie" Sullivan III is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for being a member of the band Survivor, and has been the only constant member of the ...more

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John Curulewski is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
Died at 38 (1950-1988) John Curulewski, nicknamed "JC," was one of the original members of Styx. He joined Dennis DeYoung, the Panozzo brothers, and James Young to form TW4 in 1968, which was renamed to Styx ...more

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Bob Log III is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
Bob Log III is an American slide guitar one-man band. During performances, he plays old Silvertone archtop guitars, wears a full body human cannonball suit, and a motorcycle helmet wired to a ...more

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Duke Tumatoe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 71 Bill Fiorio, a.k.a. Duke Tumatoe, is an American blues guitarist and singer, who was an early member of the band REO Speedwagon. He has developed a presence as a blues performer and entertainer ...more

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Big Bill Morganfield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 62 William "Big Bill" Morganfield is an American blues singer and guitarist, who is the son of Muddy Waters.

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Keni Burke is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 65 Kenneth M. Burke, better known as Keni Burke, is an American R&B, soul, funk, and jazz singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist who began his career as a member of the ...more

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Donita Sparks is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 55 Donita Sparks is a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. In addition to performing with her most recent band Donita Sparks and The Stellar Moments, she is the co-founder of grunge band L7. Sparks ...more

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Terry Callier is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
Died at 67 (1945-2012) Terrence Orlando Callier, known as Terry Callier was an American jazz, soul and folk guitarist and singer-songwriter.

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John Brim is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
Died at 81 (1922-2003) John Brim was an American Chicago blues guitarist, songwriter and singer. He wrote and recorded the original "Ice Cream Man", which was later covered by Van Halen on their first album. ...more

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Anand Bhatt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 43 Anand Bhatt is an actor, film score composer, film producer and film director.

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Michael Angelo Batio is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 62 Michael Angelo Batio also known as Mike Batio or MAB, is an American instrumental rock guitarist and columnist from Chicago, Illinois. He was the lead guitarist for the Los Angeles-based glam ...more

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Otis Taylor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 70 Otis Taylor is an American blues musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist whose talents include the guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals. In 2001, he was awarded a fellowship to the ...more

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Jimmy D. Lane is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 53 Jimmy D. Lane is an American electric blues guitarist. Lane was born to the Chess blues musician Jimmy Rogers and his wife Dorothy. In his childhood, he got to know many older bluesmen who ...more

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Matt Skiba is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 42 Matthew Thomas Skiba is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, best known for his role as the co-lead vocalist and guitarist of the punk rock band Alkaline Trio, with whom he has recorded ...more

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Jay Noel Yuenger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 52 Jay Noel Yuenger, also known simply as "J.", is a rock guitarist best known for his work with the Grammy nominated heavy metal band White Zombie.

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Nina Gordon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 51 Nina Rachel Gordon Shapiro is an American singer-songwriter. She's perhaps best known for being vocalist and guitarist of alternative rock band Veruca Salt, co-founded by her in Chicago, ...more

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Sam Prekop is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 54 Sam Prekop is an American rock/pop musician in the band The Sea and Cake. He also has released four solo albums. Prekop first gained recognition in the band Shrimp Boat from 1988 to 1993. Many ...more

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Kal David is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 75 Kal David is an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, whose 50-year musical career in Illinois, New York and California extended through various phases, including a highly regarded ...more

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Phil Upchurch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 77 Phil Upchurch is an American jazz and R&B guitarist and bassist. Upchurch started his career working with the Kool Gents, the Dells, and the Spaniels before going on to work with Curtis ...more

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Lurrie Bell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 60 Lurrie Bell is an American blues guitarist and singer. His father was renowned blues harmonica player Carey Bell.

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Fareed Haque is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 55 Fareed Haque is a fusion guitar virtuoso of Pakistani and Chilean descent. Raised in Chicago, he studied at North Texas State University and Northwestern University. He is renowned for bringing ...more

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Zim Zum is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
age 49 Timothy Michael Linton more commonly known as Zim Zum, is an American rock musician/songwriter and former guitarist for Life, Sex & Death and Marilyn Manson. His current projects are ...more

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Steve Bjorklund is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
Steve Bjorklund age 58 Steve Bjorklund a/k/a Steve Björklund a/k/a Steffan Bjorklund was born ca. 1960 in Chicago, Illinois. He was an early figure in the first punk rock music scene in Chicago. He briefly ...more

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Nicholas Barron is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
Nicholas Barron is an American folk music, blues guitarist and singer songwriter based in Chicago]], Illinois. Born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Barron soon moved to Columbia, Missouri and then ...more

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Studebaker John Grimaldi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
Studebaker John Grimaldi age 66 John Grimaldi, better known by his stage name Studebaker John is an American blues guitarist and harmonica player. He is a practitioner of the Chicago blues style.

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Tim King is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Guitarists from Chicago
Tim King age 48 Tim King is an African American educator and non-profit leader, and the founder and CEO of Urban Prep Academies, a network of all-male charter public high schools in Chicago. King and Urban Prep ...more