What role has the guitar played in America’s #1 hit songs?
Guitar gadfly/pop historian Michael Rays continues to explore and answer this question in the third volume of his ebook series, “Number One with an AXE!” This book covers all 103 #1 hits of the years 1965-1969, an era when the guitar returned to #1-hit prominence after a lull in the early 60s. For each #1 hit, Rays gives:
• The title, artist, date the song reached #1 and number of weeks spent at #1
• Scores of 1-10 in four guitar-centric categories: Riffage, Rhythm, Fills and Solos (a song can score anywhere from 0-40 points)
• Commentary on the song and its guitar parts (plus various other observations)
• A video link to the song when available (which is most of the time)
The ebook ends with compiled lists of the top guitar #1 hits of 1965-69 based on various data gleaned from all the song scores.
"Number One with an AXE!" is a wildly fun slice of music history. It's a MUST for anyone who can't get enough guitar!
About the Author
Michael Rays grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He graduated from Northwestern University and served nine years in the Navy, flying the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter. Michael lives in Billings, Montana with his wife and daughter.