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Rory Gallagher was a gritty Strat maestro appreciated by fewer than he deserved. After splitting his Cream-alike trio Taste, the native of Cork blazed an uncompromising ’70s solo career based on live rave-ups.
His battered 1961 Fender Strat, something of an icon, was always in tow.
Gallagher’s oeuvre was based on hyper-amped blues licks, but his influence spread wide: guitarists diverse as The Edge, Johnny Marr, Keith Richards and Slash have all spoken of their admiration. Gallagher was even invited to audition for The Rolling Stones and Deep Purple, but he preferred his own path.
When Gallagher died in 1995, Eric Clapton simply stated that Gallagher was “The man who got me back into the blues.”