Guitarists 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 52
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 68
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
Dec. 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 66
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 51
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 68
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 52
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 82
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
Dec. 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 77
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 40
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 70
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 63
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 60
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 54
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
Dec. 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 56
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 64
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
Dec. 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 72
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 63
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 66
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