Guitar Innovator Allan Holdsworth Dies at 70

April 20, 2017
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Innovative and influential electric guitarist Allan Holdsworth died Sunday at his home in San Diego. He was 70.

Though he may not be a household name, Holdsworth’s playing was highly influential on the progressive rock genre. Frank Zappa once said that Holdsworth deserved credit for “single-handedly reinvting the electric guitar” and Eddie Van Halen often cited Holdsworth as an influence. Guitar World Magazine once proclaimed Holdsworth “as influential as Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen.”

Allan Holdsworth was born August 6, 1946 in Yorkshire, England. He had been living in California since the early ’80s.

Allan Holdsworth performs with Soft Machine in 1974:

Following the news of Holdsworth’s death, fellow musicians turned to social media to pay tribute.