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Famous Guitarists from Memphis

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

Examples of items on this list include Shawn Lane and Luther Perkins.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Memphis?" and "Who are famous Memphis guitarists?"
  • Gary Talley is a celebrated guitarist, singer, songwriter and author. Gary Talley began his career as lead guitarist for the Grammy-nominated group "The Box Tops" who were famous for hits like "The Letter," and "Cry Like a Baby" during the "Blue-eyed Soul" era of the late '60s....  more
    • Frank Stokes was an American blues musician, songster, and blackface minstrel, who is considered by many musicologists to be the father of the Memphis blues guitar style....  more
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        William Patton Black Jr. (September 17, 1926 – October 21, 1965) was an American musician and bandleader who is noted as one of the pioneers of rock and roll. He was the bassist in Elvis Presley's early trio. Black later formed Bill Black's Combo....  more
        • Eric Gales (born October 29, 1974), also known as Raw Dawg, is an American blues-rock guitarist, originally hailed as a child prodigy. As of 2019 Gales has recorded eighteen albums for major record labels and has done session and tribute work. He has also contributed vocals on several records by the Memphis rap groups Prophet Posse and Three 6 Mafia under the name Lil E....  more