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Famous Guitarists from Philadelphia

Updated October 13, 2018 8.1k views28 items

List of famous guitarists born who were born in Philadelphia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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.

This is a list that features items like Otis Rush and John Corabi.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Philadelphia?" and "Who are famous Philadelphia guitarists?"
  • Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Philadelphia
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    Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin, September 22, 1958) is an American rock singer, songwriter, composer, musician, record producer and occasional actress. Jett is best known for her work as the frontwoman of her band, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and for earlier founding and performing with the Runaways, which recorded and released the hit song "Cherry Bomb". The Blackhearts' version of the song "I Love Rock 'n Roll" was number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks in 1982. Jett's other notable hit songs include "Bad Reputation", "Crimson and Clover", "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)", "Light of Day", "I Hate Myself for Loving You" and "Dirty Deeds". Jett has a mezzo-soprano vocal... more on Wikipedia
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Contiguous United States, United States of America, Wynnewood

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  • John Marty Stuart (born September 30, 1958) is a multiple Grammy Award-winning, American country music singer-songwriter, known for both his traditional style, and eclectic merging of rockabilly, honky tonk, and traditional country music. In the early 1990s, he had a string of country hits.... more on Wikipedia
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Mississippi, United States of America

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  • Otis Rush Jr. (April 29, 1934 – September 29, 2018) was an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter. His distinctive guitar style featured a slow-burning sound and long bent notes. With qualities similar to the styles of other 1950s artists Magic Sam and Buddy Guy, his sound became known as West Side Chicago blues and was an influence on many musicians, including Michael Bloomfield, Peter Green and Eric Clapton. Rush was left-handed and played as such; however, his guitars were strung with the low E string at the bottom, upside-down from typical guitarists. He often played with the little finger of his pick hand curled under the low E for positioning. It is widely believed that this... more on Wikipedia
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Area code 215, Contiguous United States, Philadelphia, United States of America

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  • Kevin Tyrone Eubanks (born November 15, 1957) is an American jazz and fusion guitarist and composer. He was the leader of The Tonight Show Band with host Jay Leno from 1995 to 2010. He also led the Primetime Band on the short-lived The Jay Leno Show.... more on Wikipedia
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Area code 215, Contiguous United States, Philadelphia, United States of America

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