Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones)
Ahmet Ertegun Award
Hall of Fame Essay
It would be difficult to imagine rock & roll — both its sound and its spirit — without the contributions of Clarence Leo Fender.
Jimi Hendrix used a Fender Stratocaster to create his most distortion-drenched masterpieces. Jeff Beck employed a Fender Telecaster to play his jagged, quirky riffs with the Yardbirds. The late Stevie Ray Vaughan spun his muscular blues on a vintage Strat.
Following the Rolling Stones’ induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Keith Richards (a Telecaster man) thanked “God, for Leo Fender, who makes these instruments for us to play.”
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