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The Morning Show - With Jill Riley

Coffee Break: celebrate guitar

Musicians playing guitars onstage.
Musicians playing guitars onstage.Casey Budd/Pixabay

by Jill Riley

April 16, 2024

One of the many things we celebrate in April is International Guitar Month. Created in 1987 by two industry groups, the Guitar & Accessories Marketing Association (GAMA) and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the observance was initially conceived — as you might expect — to raise awareness of music stores and to ratchet up sales. But since that time, International Guitar Month has evolved to be a broader celebration of guitar music, guitar learning and guitar performers. With so many great songs featuring significant guitar parts, celebrating International Guitar Month is certainly something we can dig into on the radio!

So for today’s 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs that feature unforgettable guitar riffs, facemelting solos, signature guitar tone, or iconic players would you like to hear?

Respond with your song ideas in the comments below.

Have an idea for a Coffee Break topic? Submit your idea for a future theme and browse past Coffee Breaks in our archive.

Songs Played
Van Halen – Eruption
Van Halen – You Really Got Me
The White Stripes – Ball and Biscuit
Gary Clark Jr – If Trouble Was Money
Link Wray – Rumble
St. Vincent – Cruel
Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze