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Famous Guitarists from Minnesota

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

List features Bob Dylan, Prince and more.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Minnesota?" and "Who are famous Minnesota guitarists?"
  • Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, actor, and filmmaker. With a career spanning four decades, Prince was known for his eclectic work and flamboyant stage appearances. He was also a multi-instrumentalist and regarded as a guitar virtuoso. Prince was also known for his very wide and extensive vocal range, in particular his far reaching falsetto. His innovative music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince developed an interest in music as a young child and wrote his first song, "Funk Machine",...  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

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  • Bob Dylan (born May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, poet, and visual artist who has been a major figure in popular culture for more than fifty years. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" (1963) and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" (1964) became anthems for the Civil Rights Movement and anti-war movement. His lyrics during this period incorporated a wide range of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences, defied pop-music conventions and appealed to the burgeoning counterculture. Following his self-titled debut album in 1962, which mainly comprised traditional folk songs, Dylan made his breakthrough...  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America

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  • Jonathan Edwards (born July 28, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter and musician best known for his 1971 hit single "Sunshine"....  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Aitkin, Minnesota, United States of America
  • Ray Edward Cochran (; October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960) was a mid-20th century American rock and roll musician. Cochran's songs, such as "Twenty Flight Rock", "Summertime Blues", "C'mon Everybody" and "Somethin' Else", captured teenage frustration and desire in the mid-1950s and early 1960s. He experimented with multitrack recording, distortion techniques, and overdubbing even on his earliest singles. He played the guitar, piano, bass, and drums. His image as a sharply dressed and good-looking young man with a rebellious attitude epitomized the stance of the 1950s rocker, and in death he achieved an iconic status.Cochran was involved with music from an early age, playing in the school band...  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States of America

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