Charlie Christian

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Early Influence

Inducted in: 1990

Inducted by: Vernon Reid

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1998 (ranked #31 in the Influences - Pre-Rock Era category) .

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8 comments so far (post your own)

Gosh I am the first to say somethin huh. When you think of the "greats in guitar" this man is it...He did a lot in his 25 years... and think he didn't even have fuzz box , wha wha, stack of Marshals,
Wow I wonder how he did it...?

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 01.9.10 @ 23:38pm

Dang, mrxyz you're not jokin' here. I don't know why I didn't think of him...the guy was smooth as silk! An "early influence" if ever one existed! It was really a shame that he left us at such a young age.

A serious "bebop" wizard...!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 01.10.10 @ 08:52am

It could be said that every jazz guitarist that emerged from 1940-1965 sounded like Charlie Christian. He was the one who elevated the electric guitar as a main instrument along with the saxophone and the trumpet in jazz and pop.

Christian played his instrument with the fluidity and swing of a saxophonist and his technique established a solo style that was carried by later blues and rock n' roll guitarists. His impact on later jazz guitarists like Wes Montgomery and George Benson is evident even today.

Posted by Andrew on Saturday, 05.11.13 @ 19:47pm

The Hall listed Charlie Christian as a Performer in their website.

Posted by John R.C. on Wednesday, 11.13.13 @ 21:32pm

They should probably fix that.

Posted by FRL on Wednesday, 11.13.13 @ 23:21pm

They still have him listed as a performer, and now Wikipedia has it updated with him as a performer. That can't be right, can it?

I was playing this quiz (, and he was added recently. If you read the comments, the creator of the quiz said they e-mailed the hall to get the correct answer.

Posted by Travis on Monday, 10.19.15 @ 21:46pm

The Rock Hall and Wikipedia are both wrong on this one. Charlie Christian was inducted as an Early Influence.

Posted by FRL on Tuesday, 10.20.15 @ 08:55am

"There were also awards for the pre-rock pioneers Ma Rainey, Louis Armstrong and Charlie Christian."

Posted by FRL on Tuesday, 10.20.15 @ 08:59am

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