Sunday, April 19, 2009

Rolling Stones 10 Top Guitarists Have Anything in Common

This post takes some background history.

I like playing with Astrology. I also like finding things that people have in common that you normally wouldn't look for. For example. I weighed 10 pounds when I was born. When I was 12 I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. So do fat babies have a better chance of getting Type 1 Diabetes?

A few days ago I posted a video Tommy Emmanuel and Jake Shimabukuro. It occurred to me later that they are both living on islands. So do islanders have a higher incident of stringed instrument greatness? I think you get the idea.

One thing you should remember about the top 10 guitarists as ranked by Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone is a rock magazine. If it was just the top 10 of all time, these guys probably wouldn't even be in consideration. But, do they have anything in common? What can I easily go to Wikipedia and check for without having to do weeks of research? I'm experimenting as I type. Here we go.

Number 10 is Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. He was born December 18, 1943 in Dartford, Kent, England. He's from England. He was born in the 40's. He's a Sagittarius although you could say on the cusp of Capricorn.

Number 9 is Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. He was born January 9, 1944 in Heston, Middlesex, England. Once again from England and born in the 40's. He's definitely a Capricorn.

Number 8 is Ry Cooder. He was born March 15, 1947 in Los Angeles, California. He was born in the 40's. He's a Pisces.

Number 7 is one of my faves, Stevie Ray Vaughan. He was born in October 3, 1954 in Dallas, Texas. He's got nothing in common with the others. He should be closer to number 1. For the curious and/or lazy, he's a Libra.

Number 6 is Chuck Berry. He was born October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri. Yet another Libra. First one from the 20's. Maybe this isn't going anywhere.

Number 5 is Robert Johnson. He was born May 8, 1911 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. May 8th is Taurus. Most of the good musicians I've known personally have been Taurus for some reason. He and Chuck wer both born in states that start with Miss :)...

Number 4 is Eric Clapton. He was born March 30, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England. Another Englander, but I'm starting to think that this is not a fair categorization. March 30th is an Aeries.

Number 3 is B.B. King. He was born September 16, 1925 in Itta Bena, Mississippi. Well, we have two from Mississippi now. Who would have thunk that Mississippi was a breeding ground for guitarists! September 16 is a Virgo. Interestingly (or not), he and Chuck Berry are both still playing!

Number 2 is Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. He was born September 20, 1946 in Nashville, Tennessee. This also makes him a Virgo. Number 2 and 3 were both Virgo's. That's fairly interesting (or not). He was born in the 40's as well, although I'm starting to think that the number of people born in the 40's may just be a "sign of the times" type thing. More a product of when the article was written than anything else.

Number 1 is, of course, Jimi Hendrix. He was born November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington. Yet another Sagitarrius born in the 40's.

The interesting thing about number 1 and 2 that I didn't bother to follow too much is that they both died at a young age. Jimi died at the age of 27. Duane at the age of 24. Duane in a tragic motor cycle accident, Jimi because of drugs or a party or a woman or something.

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