THE UNFORGOTTENIn 1973, when I was 14, I saw Tommy Bolin with the James Gang in a small auditorium in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Since that time I have had the good fortune to see nearly all of my guitar idols from Page to Beck, Clapton, SRV, Dickey Betts, B.B. King, Robin Trower, you name it. To this day I have never witnessed a more stunning, jaw-dropping guitar performance than that night with Tommy Bolin. Thanks for being the only magazine to let its readers in on a secret I’ve known for nearly 35 years.Albert Adickes, Via Internet
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If I read the bible the way I read Guitar Player, I probably would have died and gone to heaven by now. But as it stands, I will probably end up in the other place with your staff and all the pickers. In my late teens, I used to sneak into the Whisky in Hollywood and check out this band, CTA (later Chicago). Their guitarist, Terry Kath, is one of the greatest I have ever seen in my life. I thank you with all my heart and soul for mentioning him. Hey, is it getting hot in here?
W. Lee Miller, Jr., Inglewood, CA.

Hurray! When I picked up the February issue, I said to myself, “they had better have Jerry Reed listed in here.” Lo and behold! When I saw what was on page 101, my eyes misted up. Thank you for paying tribute to this true unsung hero of guitar.
Keith LeGier, Norfolk, VA

Last fall, while going through some boxes in my basement, I found an old issue of Guitar Player from the ’70s that had Ted Nugent on the cover. It inspired me to dig out an acoustic guitar that I bought years ago. In the last four months, I’ve had a guitar in my hands every day (much to my wife’s dismay), and I now have a Marshall half-stack and a Gibson Les Paul (much to my neighbors’ dismay). I just picked up the February 2007 issue and I have to say you guys are still the best. I can’t wait to rediscover this issue in another 29 years!
Claude Dean, Via Internet

For each of the 101 greats listed in your article, there are thousands upon thousands of us out here trying to find our own musical path and maybe even leave a mark of our own. Thanks for 40 years of a great magazine and your best issue yet.
Rick Sulzer, Mandeville, LA


I had to double check and make sure this wasn’t the April issue, or a Mad magazine parody of Guitar Player. Steven Seagal is to the blues—and to music in general—the same as he has been to acting: a joke. Any of the “101 Forgotten Greats” deserved that space way more than he did, and you know it. I hear Ryan Seacrest has a guitar too and is down with those “ignorant hill country styles.” Maybe you could interview him too.
Old Blues Guy, Chicago, IL

So Steven Seagal finds the open tunings of the Mississippi delta and hill country to be “ignorant.” I’m sure that’ll be news to Robert Johnson, who will undoubtedly unleash a hungry hellhound after Mr. Kung Fu. I’d pay good money to watch Seagal cornered in a dark alley by Mr. Johnson’s demon dog, getting pounded in the head by Keef’s open-G-tuned 5-string Tele. That ought to give the genius Karate Kid a good old-fashioned case of the blues.
Mike F., Via Internet


I have just finished (for the 10th time) February’s “10 Things You Gotta Know” article. What a great inspiration! I have been a Blackmore fan since first hearing Deep Purple in 1968, and have had the opportunity to see him in concert numerous times. I always come away amazed and challenged by his playing. Now in my mid 50s, I continue to play his licks (at times with very little success!), and am grateful for articles such as yours. I truly believe Mr. Blackmore should be mentioned in the same sentence with Clapton, Beck, Page, Hendrix, and Van Halen.
Martin Kral, Macomb, IL