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Subject: Archive: Danny Gatton, Oct. 4, 1994

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Date Posted: Friday, October 04, 01:01:13pm

Musician. Born September 4, 1945, he was a absolute virtuoso of the Fender Telecaster guitar and was known as "The Humbler". His innovative playing combined the musical styles of Jazz, Blues, Country and Rock, which was appreciated by many of his peers to include Eric Clapton, Les Paul, James Burton and Roy Buchanan.

Although he never achieved the commercial success his talent deserved, he performed and recorded with artist Alvin Lee, Jimmy Vaughan, Vince Gill, Chris Isaak, Ricky Skaggs and many more. His Elektra Records debut album "88 Elmira Street" with the cut "Elmira Street Boogie", was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental in 1991. His other albums included "Blazing Telecasters" (1990), "New York Stories" (1992), "Cruisin' Deuces" (1993) and "Relentless" 1994.

On October 4, 1994, Gatton locked himself in the garage on his farm in Newburg, Maryland, and took his own life by shooting himself. Although he left no note or explanation, family members and close friends believe he suffered from depression for many years.

Friend and drummer Dave Elliott said that he thought Gatton had suffered from depression since they met more than twenty years earlier.[8] In 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him 63rd on their "100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time" list.

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John Sebastian said that Danny Gatton was the inspiration for his song "Nashville Cats" that he recorded with the Lovin' Spoonful. (NT)Ed TraceySaturday, October 05, 07:30:27am

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