Thursday, November 29, 2012

Let's have a birthday jam: Ronnie Montrose

Ronnie Montrose would have turned 65 years old today.  Sadly, he took his own life on March 3 this year.  A whole lot of music fans mourned the loss of a great guitarist.

Montrose was a classic rock guitar hero, but his playing went beyond rock.  He played some jazz fusion with the likes of Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams, there was blues with Johnny Winter, he sat in with Johnny's brother Edgar on one of the best known classic rock albums of all time ("They Only Come Out At Night"), there was pop with Nicolette Larson, he played with The Neville Brothers, there was memorable playing with Van Morrison.

And that's just a start.

When you heard the name Montrose, as a fan, you thought of a blazing guitar.  He left us all too soon.

Ronnie Montrose

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