Dave Smith, guitar legend, dies at 84
A guitar legend who was one of the world’s greatest guitarists and innovators died at 84.
Born Dave Smith in 1927 in Detroit, he became one of America’s most revered guitarists during the sixties and seventies, recording and performing with such artists as The Who, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and Stevie Wonder.
Smith was best known for his pioneering use of the accordion, but he also worked with other genres and styles such as the blues and jazz guitar.
He is best known as the guitarist behind The Rolling Stones, whose hit song ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ has sold more than 50 million copies.
Smith’s death was announced on the US rock band’s website.
The news comes as the Rolling Stones were performing at a concert in Chicago on Friday night.
It was not immediately clear whether Smith was in the audience or whether he had died.
Smith had also worked on albums by rock band The Rolling Thunder and The Black Keys, which is known for its influence on rock music.
The Rolling Stones announced their retirement from music in July 2018.