The Beatles Sparked Robert Cray's Passion

(Gibson) One might assume that Robert Cray was originally inspired to pick up the guitar by someone like B.B. King or Muddy Waters, given his lengthy and successful career as a bluesman. But the five-time Grammy winner says that he was originally inspired to strap on an axe by a decidedly more rock-and-roll act.

"I got a guitar because The Beatles came out," Cray told Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania's Times Leader. "I wanted to be a Beatle, and my parents thought I was nuts."

A couple of years later, Cray says that he was lucky enough to catch a Jimi Hendrix concert, an event that changed his outlook on music and his instrument. "After that, I started listening to all these guys with cool names like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. I got really into blues and R&B right before getting out of high school." more on this story

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