Mike McCready, guitarist
Pearl Jam
birthname: Michael David McCready

Mike McCready

April 5, 1966, Pensacola, FL

Known for his Stevie Ray Vaughan/Jimi Hendrix-esque guitar leads, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready helped shift the majority of rock fans' attention away from technically demanding shredders to more feel-oriented and rootsy players. ~ Allmusic: Mike McCready ~ retrieved March 13, 2014 © Allmusic

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April 5, 1980 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (5) Blondie, Call Me ~ #2 (2) The Spinners, Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl ~ #1 (1) Pink Floyd, Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)


Pearl Jam

Along with Nirvana, Pearl Jam were initially known for popularizing grunge, the Seattle sound that exploded nationwide in the early Nineties. But the band became an American rock institution by broadening their heavy, Led Zeppelin-influenced sound while maintaining the emotional depth that made their songs so resonant in the first place. Leaping from obscurity to superstardom, the band sold more than 15 million copies of its first two albums, and after a couple of years during which they got mired in high-profile controversies, Pearl Jam recovered and were still filling arenas at the close of the 2000s. ~ Rolling Stone: Pearl Jam ~ retrieved May 8, 2014 © Rolling Stone

Pearl Jam ~ Ranked #21 VH-1 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists in 2000.

Pearl Jam ~ Vitalogy (1995) ~ #5 SPIN Albums Of The Year in 1995.

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