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Phil Keaggy

Phil Keaggy is an excellent all-around guitarist who has been a part of the CCM scene for over two decades. Born and raised in Ohio in a Catholic family of ten, Keaggy always loved music and spent hours listening to such singers as Johnny Ray and Elvis Presley. He began imitating the latter as young as age four. Keaggy was also exposed to other kinds of music and became well versed in classical. His first guitar was a late-'50s Gretsch Anniversary model; at age ten his father bought him a Sears Silvertone, and by the end of fifth grade, he was playing in front of his entire school. Three years later, Keaggy was playing professionally with the Squires. He and his longtime friend, drummer John Sferra, founded Glass Harp in the late '60s when he was in the eleventh grade. They soon became known as one of the most innovative power trios around, even though they were never together long enough to break through commercially. They had a contract with Decca, toured the country several times, and had a growing base of devoted fans, many of whom were knocked out by Keaggy's lightning-fast guitar riffs and experimental sounds. At their pinnacle, Glass Harp was opening for such major acts as Iron Butterfly, Yes, Traffic and Chicago.

It was a lot of fame to be heaped upon such young musicians, and it being the late '60s, Keaggy was exposed to and partook of his share of drugs. His life changed dramatically on February 14, 1970. While lying in a hotel room suffering from a bad LSD trip, his parents were involved in a head-on auto crash back in Ohio. His mother died soon afterward, and this spawned a crisis for Keaggy that led to his becoming a born-again Christian. In the early '70s, Keaggy took to testifying before bewildered Glass Harp listeners after their concerts.

He left Glass Harp in 1972 and the following year recorded his first solo album, What a Day. He then spent many years working with a Christian fellowship and married. Since then, Keaggy has released well over thirty albums earning critical acclaim for both his virtuosity on guitar and his songwriting, which ranges from the Beatlesque pop of Sunday's Child to more subtle intrumentals. He occasionally gets back together with the other members of Glass Harp for reunion concerts and continues to release solo projects including Roundabout in 2006. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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Mass media hates christians.
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Thanks Pandora. I hear a lot of musicians for the first time hear. Phil Keaggy is one of those who somehow was overlooked by mass media until now. Listening to his guitar and he plays this lick and I go Wow. That one is a little different, new. You can't compare someone in terms of best or better than. Everyone has their own personal taste. I'll be looking for him on YouTube.
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Best guitarist ever and also great guy
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Would like to see Keaggy and Frampton cut heads together.
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I suggest his album Time #1
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Phil Keaggy's music is really good. the lyrics are also really good!!!! :-) :-)
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This is a very strong , cool song....I have to admit that I've never heard of him or Glass Harp...even though at my age...lol..I should. I like this tune and will check their music out! thx
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I had the privilege of seeing Phil many times in the late seventies, early eighties. He is one of the most amazing guitar virtuoso's on our life time. Anyone out there remember his concert in San Jose in 1979-80 when he walked onstage and apologized that he had laryngitis, the audience moaned, because at that time he was know for his singing and songwriting in Christian music. Well needless to say he proceeded to play his guitar for almost two hours! Mind blowing, massive standing O at the end.
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Wow. GREAT
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if yall don't know about Glass Harp yall ought to check it out
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carapoet
More than twenty years, huh? Let's see... 2015 minus 1973 equals, OMG! ...FORTY-TWO years of playing the heck out of his guitar. I've heard from more than one source that most musicians, secular or Christian, consider him one of the top guitarists ever.
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Excellent all-around guitarist??? WTF?? Come on Pandora...th a t ' s just lazy...and disrespectfu l to the talent of Phil Keaggy. He is a guitar master with very few peers.
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I'm convinced (hopeful!) that Phil will be leading worship in heaven immediately upon arrival!
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I'm convinced that Phil will be leading worship in heaven immediately upon arrival!
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?I remember you and Paul Clark hanging at Big Dudes in KC in the late 70's. I think you had a Yamaha SA 2000. Love all your stuff including Glass Harp!! Follow your Calling and I will worship with your music. Thank you friend!!!
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Anyone who thinks that Frank Zappa was one of the greatest guitarist's ever,is more than likley taking all the drugs that he never did... and Ted Nugent ? He's not even worth mentioning as a guitarist. He's a great Patriot and bow hunter... The rest was a big SHOW. I saw Frank 3 times. Good guitarist, but not ranked with the best... Outstanding showman though...
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rebeccavelli q u e t t e
OMG..Phil! My Hubbard OH friend! U r an Angel.
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recon77
Saw Phil Keaggy last fall for 3rd time. He is the best guitarist in the world, only ones close were Zappa, Kirwan, Allman.
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I saw Phil keaggy in concert back in 1981? Norfolk Virginia. It was great.
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christensenl 0
Nothing about Second Chapter of Acts? That's the band he was in when I became familiar with him in the 70s.
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chcoutreach
One of the greatest guitarists of all time, if not THE greatest.
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jbauknecht
I'd have to agree with Keith below. Truly one of the Masters of the guitar. I've had the chance to see Phil in a guitar shop with about 20 other people before a concert. He picked up a $150 shop guitar off the rack, tuned it and proceeded to play for about 30 minutes while talking with the group. One of the guitar techs in the shop just stood with his mouth hanging open and said it was the most incredible thing he had heard in decades of working with guitars. Shine on Brother!!
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I remember there was a story out that Clapton called him the best
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sg_dodd
Phil you have made your parents proud as well as your Father above.
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Just researched this guy in youtube. One word, AMAZING!
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Been a fan of phils for 30 years. I seen him in Grand Rapids years ago and would love to see him at Redrocks-wha t a day that would be!
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guitarlancer 3
Check our Lance Allen on Pandora also!
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nettadave
Lots of great music in the post Beatles decades. None better than Phil's, recorded or live. Huge variety of styles like the Beatles, very innovative as well. Top that of that his life and music are drenched with humility and God s love. What could be better?
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An excellent all-around guitarist? I say the best all-around guitarist, period!
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gloryflowerf a r m 1
Not only is His music amazing but his heart as well. When my husband was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, his friends were somehow able to contact Phil about my husband's condition and now much Bobby loved his music. Phil contacted my husband and prayed for him and went encouraging notes as he fought this horrible disease. When my husband went home to be with Jesus we played Phil's amazing rendition Here comes the Sun...in tribute to Bobbys love and Phil's heart of the love for music and
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kevinjmiller 0 .Phil's an amazing guitarist, but I wish Pandora would add more of his earlier non-acoustic stuff.------ - - - - - S a m e here
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love love love
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Great guitarist, Accepting Jesus, only made him better.
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trudat
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Phil Keaggy has a voice that sounds like Paul McCartney and is a much better guitar player than McCartney.
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Just hearing this guy for the first time. I can't believe my radar never picked him up.
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Phil's an amazing guitarist, but I wish Pandora would add more of his earlier non-acoustic stuff.
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Phil's an amazing guitarist, but I wish Pandora would add more of his earlier non-acoustic stuff.
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He's so talented- My dad introduced him to me and I've loved him ever since :)
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I was given an album of Phils in 1995 which i still have. I think all his Acoustic Guitar work is truely amazing.
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The album, How the West Was One had a major impact on my life. Phil's rock and Annie Herring and Matthew Ward's powerful harmonies gave my something that was totally lacking in the entire music scene for me: Christian Rock. I've seen Phil quite a few times in concert, and was fortunate enough to see the Second Chapter of Acts once and Matthew Ward once. I love them all. Bottom line, Phil is one of the greatest guitarists living today.
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Wow, I know Keaggy for his CCM pop stuff, but he shreds on an acoustic guitar.
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An excellent all-around guitarist? Please Pandora...th a t doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of Phil Keaggys guitar prowess!!
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I saw Phil. With the then Phil Keaggy band. In Seattle Washington at the paramount theater in 1977. It was one of their last concerts together. As they had families and other projects.

It was the most amazing concert I ever saw.

Ted Nuggent even asked Phil to show him how he played some of his riffs.

A blessed and talented artist.
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bayeranton
thats seven fingers and two thumbs
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Hmmmm. Bobonnit, you obviously have not listened to much Phil Keaggy. He is a virtuoso guitarist. I do not necessarily enjoy much of his music but the playing is masterful. I also do not like Frank Zappa's music, but I acknowledge his skill.
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Playing fast and noisy doesn't mean you are a great musician
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happyhollywh i t e
They forgot to mention that he does all the virtuoso guitar-playi n g with only nine fingers!
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dsramaly
I think the bio needs to be updated... he's been around for a LOT longer than 2 decades. It's more like over 4 decades!
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rlachbrbr214
love Phil !! Takes me to heaven!!
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