|Musician (September, 1992)|
[This is an article on guitarists' favourite guitar solos...only Kottke's section is included -- BH]
The first thing I thought of was the solo Buddy Holly took on "Crying, Waiting, Hoping," because it may be the first guitar idea that really snagged my ear. I was a kid in Oklahoma just beginning to play. The funny thing was that it wasn't the kind of guitar I wanted to play. But all the melody sense he had as a writer was in that solo. It was simple and just right. He was a tricky player, great rhythm. I just ran into Gary Busey, who has Buddy's guitar, and when I played the thing it had that Holly sound -- can you believe that? Until he pulled it out I never though I'd be struck by somebody's guitar, but I'm tellin' ya, I'm tellin' ya ... My second choice would be "It's Easy When You Know How" by Lonnie Johnson. I don't know anybody who has figured that one out. Lonnie was a freak.
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