Gone (or not), but definitely forgotten

Dik Ellis

Strat-O-Master
Aug 24, 2021
545
Georgetown, TX
Can you think of guitarists who really could shine in their day, yet few remember them and many younger players give you the blank stare when you mention their name? I was lamenting over this the other day, and the first name to pop into my head was Jan Akkerman, of the Dutch band Focus, and in 1973 he was voted "Best Guitarist in the World" by Melody Maker magazine. Yet few people under the age of 40 could even identify him today, either by sight or sound.

Anyone else have a former hero that's fallen from grace due to time and age?


Saw Focus in Phoenix at the Celebrity Theater. The crowd was so enthusiastic, they did 3 encores. They weren't expecting that, and ran out of material to play. It was great fun.
 

Mike Corey

Strat-Talk Member
Feb 27, 2020
33
Michigan
Can you think of guitarists who really could shine in their day, yet few remember them and many younger players give you the blank stare when you mention their name? I was lamenting over this the other day, and the first name to pop into my head was Jan Akkerman, of the Dutch band Focus, and in 1973 he was voted "Best Guitarist in the World" by Melody Maker magazine. Yet few people under the age of 40 could even identify him today, either by sight or sound.

Anyone else have a former hero that's fallen from grace due to time and age?


He was incredible. Still have the records and still play them constantly.
 

HighwayStar106

Senior Stratmaster
Nov 5, 2018
2,044
United Kingdom
I really love Rory Gallagher and are urging many of you to listen to him. I especially love his song Gambling Blues.
I’ve got all the studio albums he released in his lifetime from Taste to Fresh Evidence. All of them are absolutely killer - there aren’t many artists you can say that about.

Blueprint was the first I got too, but not when it came out because that was 30 years before I was born!
 

Strat Jacket

Senior Stratmaster
May 11, 2018
3,082
Illinois
I’ve got all the studio albums he released in his lifetime from Taste to Fresh Evidence. All of them are absolutely killer - there aren’t many artists you can say that about.

Blueprint was the first I got too, but not when it came out because that was 30 years before I was born!
Have you listened to (posthumously released) Wheels within Wheels? Not his usual rip-it-up stuff but very well-received in my house!
 


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