Did Hendrix say Rory Gallagher was the best guitarist?

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  1. staxman

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    I find it ironic that urban myths are often popular in rural areas as well.
     
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    Hendrix never toured with ZZ Top…

    However, Billy Gibbons’ band prior to ZZ Top, the Moving Sidewalks, did open for/tour with him in Texas.

    If you listen to the Moving Sidewalks album “Flashback”, it has extreme influences from Hendrix.

    Another teen band who opened for/toured with him in Texas was Jimmie Vaughan’s band, The Chessmen. Hendrix ended up giving or swapping a wah pedal to Jimmie Vaughan, which is how Stevie Ray Vaughan ended up with one of Jimi Hendrix’s wah petals.
     
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    Hendrix said a lot of people were the best guitarist in the world. But then, he was high on acid a lot of the time.
     
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    Really? I've never seen any footage of him saying anyone was the best guitarist in the world. If you can, please post a link of just one example. I also want to see how high on acid he is in the clip.
     
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    Good info and thanks for the ZZ Top correction. Cool about Jimmie Vaughan too.
     
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    We're onto something big here, no need to seek further evidence! :lol:
     
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    You know someone who talked to Jimi? Damn I can only hear Jimi. :)
     
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    Note - this is not Hendrix saying that Clarence was the best guitarist in the world. But it is Hendrix saying that Clarence was one of his favorite guitarists.

    “One night we were playing the Whisky, and when we were in the dressing room this really well-dressed black man wearing a hat with a feather in it walks in and says to Clarence, ‘Are you Clarence White?’

    And Clarence says, ‘Yeah.”

    And the fellow adds, ‘Well, I really love the way you play guitar. I’ve been listening to you for years and you’re one of my favorite players.’

    So Clarence says, ‘Wow. Thanks a lot. What did you say your name was?’

    The fellow says, ‘I’m Jimi Hendrix.'”
    –Gene Parsons to Rick Petreysik, “Echoes of a Country Rock Legend,” Guitar Player, September 1992, p. 84
     
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    If Hendrix really thought Rory was the best guitarist, why didn't he cover one of Rory's songs? Hendrix covered amongst others: the Beatles, Elvis, Dylan and the Cream. I've even heard a part of strangers in the night in one of his live performances, but never any Rory....
     
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    Why do so many of you keep saying "he was high"? Do modern people think you can't make a humble remark without being high?
    Maybe because Rory didn’t have good enough songs, unlike the people he did cover.

    There’s a difference between being a great guitarist and having songs people want to cover.
     
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    I have a feeling there are a lot of people here who really dislike drugs other than coffee, alcohol and maybe cigarettes. If the subject is known as a drug user they often get hate comments from some people. I have a feeling that real rock 'n roll has gone and the world went back to the fifties. Prudish, judgmental and xenophobic. They probably haven't ever used any illegal substances so they don't know what they're talking about.

    I don't know about that. I think more guitarists want to learn Hendrix, Page, Santana, Slash, Iommi or even Clapton than Rory licks, why? I think creativity and being able to tap into different emotions and evolve musically is very important when judging an artist. Skills are important but I'd rather listen to Hendrix than Satriani or Vai.
     
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    Hendrix never said anyone was the “best”. He did, however, said Clapton is God. As a matter of fact, and it’s been proven on the internet, Hendrix was the one who spray painted it on the wall.
     
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    And Hendrix was right! Who knew God had such a killer fashion sense.
     
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    Was Marcus Welby giving Jimi bad Acid?
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    Rory wasn't even a solo artist until 1970, the year Hendrix died. He was with Taste starting around 1966, they weren't really a headliner, more of an opening act.
    But I do get your point.
     
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