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Robby Krieger

Updated on August 22, 2014
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Who Is Robby Krieger?

Listed as one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine, Robby Krieger began his career with the infamous 1960's rock ground The Doors.

At age 10, Krieger began his musical interest by playing the trumpet and the piano before finally teaching himself to play guitar while attending private school. At age 18 he acquired his first flamenco guitar and started taking lessons for it. During this time he got to know many different genres of music, including flamenco, folk, blues, and jazz.. In 1965 Robby was approached by Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek was offered to play guitar for the new band they were forming. Upon hearing Krieger play bottleneck guitar during one of their first rehearsals, Jim Morrison initially wanted the technique featured on every song on the first album.

Krieger's fingerstyle approach to the electric guitar, eclectic musical tastes, and songwriting helped establish The Doors as a successful rock band in the 1960s.

Photo taken by Joe Lopez
Photo taken by Joe Lopez

Three reasons to love Robby Krieger

1.) He wrote some of the most popular songs by The Doors, including Love Me Two Times and Light My Fire!

2.) Shares a birthday with fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Elvis Presley, David Bowie and legendary promoter Bill Graham!

3.) Was the first and remains to be the only rock guitarist who successfully and effectively intertwines Flamenco music into his guitar playing!

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Gibson 50th Anniversary Robby Krieger SG Electric Guitar, Heritage Cherry
Gibson 50th Anniversary Robby Krieger SG Electric Guitar, Heritage Cherry

Gibson USA commemorates the 50th anniversary of the SG by paying tribute to one of the most guitar players who expanded rock music into worldy realms that most listeners were not accutomed to in the late 60's. With a classic Lyre vibrola tremolo tailpiece this Players guitar provides just about any tone needed for endless creative possibilities.

 

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Loved the video's Robby Krieger is truly a great guitarist.

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      Fox Music 6 years ago

      Thank you for this remarkable lens on Robbie Krieger

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