Listening to Classics – Rory Gallagher
Reporter:- “Well Jimi, what’s it like to be the worlds best guitarist?”
A very telling quote from one of the greats on, well, one of the greats. The late Rory Gallagher (he passed away in 1995) was an Irish blues/rock guitarist, famous for making his stratocaster purr. His first major band was “Taste”. The band toured and opened for acts like Cream and Blind Faith, always adding to his personal reputation. Once Taste broke up, he began a successful solo career. He was most well known for his sizzling live performances. He once said of his playing that it was “in me all the time, and not just something I turn on”. He died of complications from a liver transplant. His legacy is one that has been the bane of many, an unrecognized major talent that never received the recognition he so trylu deserved. The track added here is a scintillating live version of “Bullfrog Blues”, one of his trademark songs.
- Slash Petitions for Bluesman Rory Gallagher to Be Inducted Into Rock Hall (noisecreep.com)
- Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour ’74 (Review) (popmatters.com)