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Famous Guitarists from St. Louis

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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
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    Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music.Born into a middle-class African-American family in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry had an interest in music from an early age and...  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Area code 557, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Area code 314, United States of America

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  • Jim Byrnes
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    James Thomas Kevin Byrnes OBC (born September 22, 1948) is an American blues musician, guitarist, and actor....  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • Grant Green
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    Grant Green (June 6, 1935 – January 31, 1979) was an American jazz guitarist and composer. Recording prolifically and mainly for Blue Note Records as both leader and sideman, 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...  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

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  • Kenneth Carllile
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    Kenneth Ray Carllile (April 2, 1931–July 31, 1987), better known as Thumbs Carllile (Carlisle in some collections), 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
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri