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

A factual list, featuring items like Bob Dylan and Chuck Berry.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from St. Louis?" and "Who are famous St. Louis guitarists?"
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from St. Louis
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Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Rock and Roll Music" and "Johnny B. Goode", Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and utilizing guitar solos and showmanship that would be a major influence on subsequent rock music. Born into a middle-class family in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner High School. While still a high school student he was ...more

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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Jim Byrnes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from St. Louis
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James Thomas Kevin "Jim" Byrnes is a blues musician, guitarist, and actor. ...more

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from St. Louis
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Grant Green was an American jazz guitarist and composer. Recording prolifically and mainly for Blue Note Records Green performed in the hard bop, soul jazz, bebop and Latin-tinged idioms throughout his career. Critics Michael Erlewine and Ron Wynn write, "A severely underrated player during his lifetime, Grant Green is one of the great unsung heroes of jazz guitar ... Green's playing is immediately recognizable – perhaps more than any other guitarist." Critic Dave Hunter described his sound as "lithe, loose, slightly bluesy and righteously groovy". He often performed in an organ trio, a small group with an organ and drummer. Apart from guitarist Charlie Christian, Green's primary influences ...more

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Area code 557, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Area code 314, United States of America, + more

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#9 on The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

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Kenneth Carllile is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from St. Louis
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Kenneth Ray Carllile, better known as Thumbs Carllile, was an innovative American country music guitarist and songwriter known for his zither-style fingerstyle playing, sitting with his guitar in his lap while fretting, picking and strumming with his fingers and thumbs. He performed with Little Jimmy Dickens at the Grand Ole Opry in the early 1950s, and was a member of Roger Miller's band from 1964 to 1972. ...more

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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