2. Gary Moore
The guitar community was devastated by the news of Gary Moore's death in February 2011. The Northern Irish guitarist was a phenomenally accomplished player, pouring his heart and soul into every note, mixing smoothly sustained bends with lightning quick flourishes.
He would arguably fill a top 100 list of 'best ever guitar faces' purely on his own, expression was his forte.
Gary Moore was already a well-known guitarist when he played with Thin Lizzy in the 70s, and in the 80s he showed how adaptable he was by penning some of the best hard rock solos of the era during his solo career.
But it was his return to blues music that really cemented his place in the history books, with the 1990 release of Still Got the Blues, hailed as one of the best blues albums of all time, casually released at a time when blues was struggling to permeate popular music culture.
His combination of soulful blues influences, and his seminal work as a rock guitarist in the 70s and 80s, came together on the album to help produce some of the best blues guitar playing ever recorded.
His death in 2011 was an absolute tragedy, and a huge loss for the guitar community, but he leaves a lasting legacy.
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