August 27, 2003

Jimi Hendrix has been named the greatest guitar player by Rolling Stone magazine in a poll to discover the greatest guitarists of all time.

Hendrix received a glowing tribute from WHO guitarist Pete Townshend, who wrote that he "made the electric guitar beautiful," according to Reuters.

Townshend recalled that one of Hendrix's shows was "so profoundly powerful" that he found himself holding hands with fellow devotee and guitarist Eric Clapton.

Allman was hailed by the magazine for transforming "the poetry of jamming" with THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, the Atlanta rock group he founded with younger brother Gregg in 1969.

One of the only females in the top 100, Joni Mitchell, was at 72 and 80's rock chick Joan Jett was at 87.

Top 10 guitarists of all time, according to Rolling Stone magazine:

01. Jimi Hendrix
02. Duane Allman
03. B.B. King
04. Eric Clapton
05. Robert Johnson
06. Jimmy Page
07. Keith Richards
08. Chuck Berry
09. Stevie Ray Vaughn
10. Ry Cooder

The survey is featured in the next issue of Rolling Stone, which hits the streets on Friday (August 29). The No 100 spot went to Kim Thayil of the now defunct Seattle rock band SOUNDGARDEN. Townshend himself was No 50.

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