On this day twenty-two years ago- June 14, 1995 the great Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher died of complications following a liver transplant. When they mention the greatest guitarists in rock history Gallagher does get mentioned but in those listings is rarely ranked as high as he should be. Maybe it is because he wasn’t in a famous band or because he had no big hit singles? Years ago my guitarist friend James introduced me to Gallagher’s music. I have been listening to him this morning in remembrance. There is a story- maybe it is urban legend- that someone once asked Jimi Hendrix what it felt like to be the greatest guitarist in the world- Hendrix reply was “I don’t know you’ll have to go ask Rory Gallagher.”
below is an article on Gallagher and the anniversary of his passing.