Leo Guitarists

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 1 James Hetfield

James Hetfield
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 3, 1963
Birthplace: Downey, California, United States

James Hetfield is an American songwriter and musician. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular heavy metal bands of all time, Metallica. James Hetfield is often regarded as one of the greatest guitarists and vocalists ever. Since the 1980s, Hetfield has played a key role in the success of ESP Guitars, as one of its major endorsers.

 2 Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 1, 1942
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: August 9, 1995

Jerry Garcia had an illustrious 30-year career as the lead guitarist and vocalist of the rock band the Grateful Dead. Rolling Stone ranked him 13th on their 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list. He was known for his improvisations, participated in many side projects, and released several solo albums.

 3 Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler
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Famous As: Former lead guitarist, singer and songwriter of the rock band Dire Straits
Birthdate: August 12, 1949
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Best known as the lead guitarist and singer of the popular rock band Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler is one of Britain’s most celebrated guitar icons. Known for hits such as Sultans of Swing, he and his band also released Brothers in Arms, one of the best-selling albums of all time.

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 4 Slash

Slash
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 23, 1965
Birthplace: Hampstead

Slash is an English-American songwriter, musician, and record producer. After achieving popularity as the lead guitarist of Guns N' Roses, Slash left the band to form Velvet Revolver, a hard rock supergroup. Widely regarded as one of the greatest guitar players in the history of rock, Slash is often named in lists, such as the Top Guitarists of All Time.

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 5 Dimebag Darrell

Dimebag Darrell
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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Musician
Birthdate: August 20, 1966
Birthplace: Dallas
Died: December 8, 2004

 6 The Edge

The Edge
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 8, 1961
Birthplace: Barking, London, England

David Howell Evans, better known as The Edge, is a musician and songwriter. He first gained fame as the keyboardist, lead guitarist, and backing vocalist of the rock band U2. He is known for his signature style of guitar playing. Besides music, he is an advocate for human rights and is involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors. 

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 7 Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy
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Birthdate: July 30, 1936
Birthplace: Lettsworth, Louisiana, United States
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 8 Chris Pérez

Chris Pérez
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: August 14, 1969
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Guitarist Chris Pérez was married to Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla and performed as part of her band, Selena y Los Dinos. Following Selena’s murder by her own manager, Chris sank into depression. He later won a Grammy with the Chris Pérez Band and also wrote a book about Selena. 

 9 Serj Tankian

Serj Tankian
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1967
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

Serj Tankian is an Armenian-American record producer, singer, and songwriter. Tankian is credited with co-founding the popular band System of a Down. Renowned for his wide vocal range and unusual delivery, Serj Tankian is widely considered one of the best heavy metal vocalists of all time. Also a political activist, Tankian co-founded Axis of Justice, a non-profit organization.

 10 Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: August 21, 1952
Birthplace: Ankara, Turkey
Died: December 22, 2002
Joe Strummer is remembered for his memorable performances with the punk rock band The Clash, with whom he delivered hits such as London Calling and Train in Vain. He was known for his rebellious and politically charged lyrics. He also experimented with acting and hosted on a BBC radio show.
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 11 John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Composer
Birthdate: August 22, 1917
Birthplace: Coahoma County
Died: June 21, 2001

 12 David Crosby

David Crosby
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Famous As: American singer
Birthdate: August 14, 1941
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 13 Patti Scialfa

Patti Scialfa
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: July 29, 1953
Birthplace: Deal, New Jersey, United States

Patti Scialfa is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. The wife of popular musician Bruce Springsteen, Scialfa has been an important member of Springsteen's primary backing band, E Street Band, since 1984. As a member of the band, Patti Scialfa became an inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

 14 Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 13, 1951
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Died: December 16, 2007

 15 Pat Smear

Pat Smear
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 5, 1959
Birthplace: West Los Angeles, California, USA

 16 Ben Gibbard

Ben Gibbard
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Composer, Guitarist
Birthdate: August 11, 1976
Birthplace: Bremerton
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 17 Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim
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Famous As: Disc Jockey
Birthdate: July 31, 1963
Birthplace: Bromley, Kent, England

 18 Marques Houston

Marques Houston
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 4, 1981
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
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 19 Johnny McDaid

Johnny McDaid
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 24, 1976
Birthplace: Londonderry
Indie rock/pop singer, songwriter, and producer John McDaid has been part of bands such as Snow Patrol and Vega4. He is also known for his collaborations with popular artists, mostly with Ed Sheeran. He co-wrote Sheeran’s chartbusting track Shape of You and co-produced his platinum album X.

 20 Buck Owens

Buck Owens
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 12, 1929
Birthplace: Sherman, Texas, United States
Died: March 25, 2006
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 21 Ruston Kelly

Ruston Kelly
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 31, 1988
Birthplace: Georgetown, South Carolina

 22 Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson
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Famous As: Composer, Singer, Guitarist, Flautist, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 10, 1947
Birthplace: Dunfermline
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 23 Mike Bloomfield

Mike Bloomfield
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Famous As: singer, musician, guitarist, pianist
Birthdate: July 28, 1943
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: February 15, 1981

 24 Taylor Goldsmith

Taylor Goldsmith
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 16, 1985
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Folk rock singer Taylor Goldsmith is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the band Dawes. He has previously been part of the band Simon Dawes. He is married to singer Mandy Moore and has written quite a few songs for her album Silver Landings.
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 25 Dhani Harrison

Dhani Harrison
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Composer, Pianist, Model
Birthdate: August 1, 1978
Birthplace: Windsor

 26 Michael Penn

Michael Penn
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 1, 1958
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 27 Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 25, 1958
Birthplace: Coral Gables, Florida, United States

 28 Eric Carmen

Eric Carmen
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 11, 1949
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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 29 Lucky Dube

Lucky Dube
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 3, 1964
Birthplace: Ermelo, South Africa
Died: October 18, 2007
Named Lucky by his mother, following his birth after many unsuccessful pregnancies, Lucky Dube grew up to become one of the most influential South African reggae stars ever. His desert reggae made him hugely popular among the Australian aboriginal community, too. The Rastafarian supporter was later killed by carjackers.

 30 Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: August 12, 1954
Birthplace: Lee's Summit

 31 Larry Graham

Larry Graham
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 14, 1946
Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas, USA

 32 Martin Gore

Martin Gore
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Composer, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: July 23, 1961
Birthplace: London

 33 Alissa White-Gluz

Alissa White-Gluz
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Famous As: Vocalist
Birthdate: July 31, 1985
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The frontwoman of the Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy, Alissa White-Gluz is also known as the co-founder of the metalcore band the Agonist. She was once known for performing in over 250 shows a year across the globe. A true-blue vegan, she has won the Libby Award from PETA.

 34 Allan Holdsworth

Allan Holdsworth
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 6, 1946
Birthplace: Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK
Died: April 15, 2017

 35 Juanes

Juanes
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 9, 1972
Birthplace: Carolina del Príncipe, Colombia

 36 Rick Derringer

Rick Derringer
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Famous As: Singer, Artist, Composer, Guitarist
Birthdate: August 5, 1947
Birthplace: Fort Recovery

 37 Vinnie Vincent

Vinnie Vincent
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: August 6, 1952
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

Vinnie Vincent is a songwriter cum guitarist. He gained international fame as a member of the band Kiss in the 1980s. He has performed with various other bands as well and founded his own glam metal band, Vinnie Vincent Invasion. He has traveled the world, performing in different countries with multiple artists. 

 38 Jackie DeShannon

Jackie DeShannon
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1941
Birthplace: Hazel, Kentucky, United States

 39 Lee Ann Womack

Lee Ann Womack
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 19, 1966
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Texas, United States

 40 Tommy Bolin

Tommy Bolin
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Famous As: Guitarist who worked with Zephyr, Deep Purple, and The James Gang, as well as working as a solo artist
Birthdate: August 1, 1951
Birthplace: Sioux City, Iowa, United States
Died: December 4, 1976

 41 Steve Morse

Steve Morse
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: July 28, 1954
Birthplace: Hamilton

 42 Danielle Bradbery

Danielle Bradbery
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 23, 1996
Birthplace: League City, Texas, United States

 43 Nadia Bjorlin

Nadia Bjorlin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 2, 1980
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, USA

 44 Andrew Gold

Andrew Gold
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 2, 1951
Birthplace: Burbank, California, USA
Died: June 3, 2011

 45 José González

José González
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 31, 1978
Birthplace: Angered, Gothenburg, Sweden

 46 Billy Joe Shaver

Billy Joe Shaver
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 16, 1939
Birthplace: Corsicana, Texas, USA

 47 Dave Baksh

Dave Baksh
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Famous As: Musician, singer and songwriter best known as one of the guitarists of rock band Sum 41
Birthdate: July 26, 1980
Birthplace: Ajax, Canada

 48 Gustavo Cerati

Gustavo Cerati
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 11, 1959
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina
Died: September 4, 2014

Gustavo Cerati was one of the finest South American singers and one of the pioneers of Ibero-American rock. He headed the popular pop-rock trio Soda Stereo and later also penned lyrics and recorded for artists such as Shakira. He died at age 55, after a stroke and a 4-year coma.

 49 Gustavo Santaolalla

Gustavo Santaolalla
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 19, 1951
Birthplace: El Palomar, Argentina

Legendary Argentine rockstar Gustavo Santaolalla started his career as the founder of the band Arco Iris. He is also an Academy Award-winning film composer and has composed for iconic movies such as Brokeback Mountain, Babel, and The Motorcycle Diaries. He has also been named to the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.

 50 John Hiatt

John Hiatt
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 20, 1952
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA