Why Jimi Hendrix Called Chicago’s Terry Kath The Best Guitarist In The Universe

Terry Kath Jimi Hendrix

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It’s so sad that Chicago’s Terry Kath passed away at such a young age.Terry Kath was only 31 years old when he died of a gunshot wound to his head. It was an accidental shooting that occurred at the house of one of Chicago’s crew members. The band Chicago had thought about disbanding when Terry Kath passed away, but eventually decided to continue on.

Terry Kath has left behind a legacy of brilliant guitar playing with the band Chicago. In the late 1960’s the band Chicago did some shows with Jimi Hendrix. The legendary guitar play Jimi Hendrix was blown away by Terry Kath’s guitar playing. When first hearing Terry Kath play, Jimi Hendrix was quoted as saying that he thought Terry Kath played guitar better than he did. It was later on reported that Jimi Hendrix also called Terry Kath the “Best Guitarist in the Universe.”

Fans and critics should positively take note of Jimi Hendrix’s comments about Terry Kath. We are talking about a legend in Hendrix who has been regarded by many as the greatest guitar player off all time, pointing to Chicago’s Terry Kath as being a better player. Was Jimi Hendrix right or was he just inspired by great musicianship. One close listen to Terry Kath’s guitar solo on Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4,” confirms that Hendrix was spot on.

Terry Kath’s virtuoso guitar playing was never celebrated as it should have been because Terry Kath was a team player. Many of the band members in Chicago stated that Kath was more interested in delivering great albums with his band Chicago. Anyone who has grown up listening to the first five Chicago albums knows that Terry Kath delivered on his goal.

When rock critics write about the great guitarist of the classic rock era, the names Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman are always the ones mentioned at the top. Terry Kath rarely gets a mention. That’s a shame, because his solos both in the studio and on the stage were among some of the greatest in rock and roll history . Just take a listen and judge for yourself.

Terry Kath Guitar Playing Chicago

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Check out this great album that was released a few years ago showcasing the talent of Terry Kath and his great guitar playing.


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