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GUITAR PLAYLIST: Roy Orbison, Steve Clark, Dean DeLeo

On the surface, one wouldn’t think Roy Orbison, Def Leppard’s Steve Clark and Stone Temple Pilots’ Dean DeLeo would have much in common, but each are not only stellar guitarists, they also share an April 23 birthday!

Orbison influenced countless singer/songwriters, from Bruce Springsteen to Elvis Costello and plenty in between.  Clark’s playing and songwriting were integral to Def Leppard’s sound and helped make them one of the biggest bands of the 80’s.  DeLeo’s monster riffs set STP apart from every other band that emerged in the 90’s.

…And what better way to celebrate these three guitarists (during Guitar Month, no less) than with a stellar playlist of some of their best work!  We hope you enjoy listening to this playlist as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

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  1. Roy Orbison – “Oh, Pretty Woman”
  2. Def Leppard – “Photograph”
  3. Stone Temple – “Wicked Garden”
  4. Roy Orbison – “Only The Lonely”
  5. Def Leppard – “Animal”
  6. Stone Temple Pilots – “Vasoline”
  7. Roy Orbison – “You Got It”
  8. Def Leppard – “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak”
  9. Stone Temple Pilots – “Interstate Love Song”


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  (True story.)