OK, last Throwback Thursday we got into some 12-string coolness with Supertramp founder Roger Hodgson. This week we turn to Roger McGuinn, who more than any other American musician, helped popularize the 12-string in the mid- and late ’60s through his work with the Byrds (playing a Rickenbacker electric, of course). In this 1997 clip from the popular British music series Later… with Jools Holland, McGuinn plays the Byrds classic “Eight Miles High,” co-written by McGuinn and band mates David Crosby and Gene Clark, and originally recorded for the 1966 album Fifth Dimension. McGuinn said that among the influences for his guitar part were Ravi Shankar and John Coltrane, and I think you can hear both in this version, which McGuinn plays on one of his beautiful limited edition Martin D12-42RM signature guitars. —Blair Jackson


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