53. Mickey Baker
Baker may have been the busiest session guitarist of the Fifties — it's his brittle playing that underpins R&B classics such as Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll" and the Drifters' "Money Honey." But it's his million-selling 1956 duet with Sylvia Vanderpool, "Love Is Strange," that's his crowning achievement. Those keening licks and hectic chords sound as unearthly today as they did five decades ago.