Did Hendrix say Rory Gallagher was the best guitarist?

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  1. Danb541

    Danb541 Friend of Leo's

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    Okay, so I have heard this from so many people over the years, that when Hendrix was asked what it's like to be the best guitarist in the world he replies "I don't know, ask Rory Gallagher".
    This supposedly happened on the Mike Douglas show.
    I had a friend this past weekend tell me this when I was playing some Rory, I said it never happened, he said he's seen the footage, I tried to bet him but he wouldn't. So far he has not provided the footage.

    I've also heard people say Hendrix responded to this question, "ask Billy Gibbons" or "ask _______" fill in the blank.
    The only footage I've seen is Hendrix responding something to the effect of "maybe the best guitarist in this chair" referring to the chair he was sitting in.

    I know Hendrix toured a short time with ZZ Top and he was very complimentary to Billy Gibbons. I think he said Billy was his favorite guitar player at one time. But never "ask Billy Gibbons"

    It's my opinion this is all a bunch of bull. Your thoughts?

    Edit correction: It has been brought to my attention ZZ Top did not tour with Hendrix. It was instead the band Moving Sidewalks, which Billy Gibbons was in.
     
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    Not true. He said Yngwie Malmsteen.
     
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    I think he gave Billy Gibbons his pink strat. I think I read that somewhere, maybe wrong.
     
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    I don't think it was pink originally, but faded to it.
     
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    Did Rorys band Taste ever play with Hendrix ?
     
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    There is no evidence that Hendrix said that quote. That said, he should have said it because Rory was the best.
     
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    He did, in fact, say that on the Mike Douglas show. I know, where's the proof? I don't have a link to share on the actual episode but there are links all over the world wide web about this.
     
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    He did say Billy Gibbons on Dick Cavett. He also said Terry Kath in a different interview.
     
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    Yes Isle of Wright 1970 I believe. Possibly other big multi act concerts too. Not sure.
     
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    This is a clip I remember from the Dick Cavett Show. This is only a snippet, but I swear I thought he said Terry Kath. ;)
    I'll keep looking.

    Here's a bit more of the same interview.
     
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  11. Danb541

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    Prove it.
     
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    Prove it
     
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    I'm not trying to be a jerk when I say prove it. I realize there are comments all over the internet about this. But.. prove it happened.
     
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    It cannot be proven, because it is false.
     
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    Actually that was BB King who said that. Malmsteen was BB's guitar teacher. Not many people know though.

     
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    This is true my friend
     
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    I've heard this in numerous different forms - everybody from Phil Keaggy to Terry Kath to Billy Gibbons. I think it's an urban myth.
     
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    Correct.
     
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    I saw it on YouTube last week. Look it up yourself pal.
     
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