Guitar Legend Jesse Taylor Laid to Rest in Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/11/06

Guitar Legend Jesse Taylor Laid to Rest in Lubbock

The man who earned his place in Hub City history by being the first white musician to play at the original Stubb's BBQ was laid to rest Saturday.

Jesse "Guitar" Taylor died Tuesday in Austin from complications of Hepatitis C.

The 55-year-old was the lead guitarist for the Joe Ely band in the 1970's and 80's becoming a music legend and an inspiration.

"He inspired so many young musicians to play guitar that its amazing you can tell today how many people he had impacted," said long-time friend and band mate Jimmy Dale Gilmore, who had known the guitarist since Taylor was a 15-year-old in Gilmore's first group, the T. Nickel House Band in Lubbock.

Taylor was buried at Resthaven Saturday. Friends say the former Golden Gloves Boxer was a tattooed gentle giant, and one of the most good-hearted people you could meet.

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