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Guitarist and Educator Mickey Baker Dead at Age 87
Guitarist Mickey Baker, famous for his 1956 hit "Love Is Strange," died today (11/28) at his home in Toulouse, France. He was 87.
Baker, a largely self-taught guitarist, was instrumental in pop music's shift in the 1950s, from R&B to rock 'n' roll. As a session player of that era, Baker played on such timeless tracks as "Shake, Rattle and Roll" (Joe Lynn Turner), "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" (Big Maybelle), and "Caldonia" (Louis Jordan). In 1956, inspired by the success of Les Paul and Mary Ford, Baker teamed up with one of his guitar students, Sylvia Robinson, under the moniker of Mickey & Sylvia. Their 1956 hit, "Love Is Strange," hit #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and #11 on the Hot 100. The song received new life 31 years later when it was prominently featured in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing.
In addition to his work as a recording artist and studio guitarist, Baker also wrote the Complete Course in Jazz Guitar, an early guitar instruction method that has over the years taught countless guitarists their first jazz chords and is still in print today.
Guitar Auction to Benefit Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund
On Saturday, December 1, nearly 100 guitars donated and signed by artists including Slash, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Tony Iommi, and Eddie Van Halen, among many others, will be auctioned at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, CA, to raise money for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. The legendary metal singer passed away on May 16, 2010, from stomach cancer. He was 67.
Highlights of the auction include a custom, hand-carved Ronnie James Dio memorial guitar from DBZ Guitars, a prototype Stealth made for and signed by Eddie Van Halen, and three guitars "trunk-painted" by elephants of the Asian Elephant Art and Conservation Project in Thailand. (see images below)
Online bidding has already commenced, and items included in this auction are available for viewing here.
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a privately funded 501C3 charity organization that has already raised more than $600,000 in its short history. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research and the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life.
A free public exhibition of many of the items included in the auction will be available for viewing during the auction house's regular business hours of 10 - 5, beginning Monday, November 19 through Friday, November 30. For more info, visit juliensauctions.com.
Elephant painting photo by Mark Weiss
Official Jimi Hendrix Guitar Tab for Winterland
GuitarInstructor.com is excited to announce we've just posted official note-for-note guitar tab to 11 classic tracks from Winterland, the posthumous Jimi Hendrix box set recorded live at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, CA, October 10-12, 1968.
The Beatles Guitar Tab for Tomorrow Never Knows
This past summer (July 24), the Beatles released Tomorrow Never Knows, a new digital compilation containing 14 of their most powerful and influential songs, spanning their entire catalog. And now, you can get the official guitar tab, featuring updated note-for-note transcriptions for all 14 songs, right here at GuitarInstructor.com.
Alternatively, you can purchase the Hal Leonard Guitar Recorded Versions guitar tab book here: