Friday, November 30, 2012

RIP Guitarist Mickey Baker

Influential guitarist Mickey Baker died November 27. From an obituary in the Hollywood Reporter:
A prolific and hardworking session man as rock evolved from R&B during the 1950s, Baker played with such legendary acts as Ray Charles, Louis Jordan and Ruth Brown. His guitar work helped drive such R&B chart-toppers as Brown’s “(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean” and Big Joe Turner’s “Shake Rattle and Roll.” The Who’s Pete Townshend studied his methods, and Rolling Stone’s David Fricke ranked Baker No. 53 on his list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
We have his revered jazz guitar method books:
You'll find "Love Is Strange" and his other hits with Mickey & Sylvia on Love Is Strange (CD 7648-7649). We also have many other recordings on which he appeared.

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