100 Greatest Guitarists: David Fricke's Picks

From Jerry Garcia and Joan Jett to B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stone critic chooses the best and most influential guitarists in rock

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Zoot Horn Rollo
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62. Zoot Horn Rollo

"Mr. Zoot Horn Rollo, hit that long, lunar note and let it float," commanded Captain Beefheart, and the former Bill Harkleroad did that and much more. Rollo was only nineteen when he cut the astonishing Trout Mask Replica in 1969; for the next five years, he brought Beefheart's cubist riffs and science-fiction Delta blues to life.

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