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Mickey Baker, R&B Guitar Pioneer, Dies at 87

Wrote seminal jazz guitar instruction book; also played on numerous sessions

Mickey Baker
Mickey Baker

Mickey Baker, the pioneering guitarist who was half of the R&B duo Mickey and Sylvia, died in Toulouse, France on Nov. 27. He was 87. A cause of death was not announced.

Baker, who is credited with bridging the gap between late 1940s rhythm and blues and rock and roll, was a prolific session musician beginning in the 1940s. He also authored a guitar instruction book in the late 1950s, Mickey Baker’s Complete Course in Jazz Guitar, which remains in print today.

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