Guitar legend Phil Emmanuel dies at 65
The exceptional, award-winning guitarist Phil Emmanuel, who found fame with The Trailblazers, died last Thursday (May 24) in the Australian town of Parkes after a sudden asthma attack. He was 65.
Emmanuel played with all the greats of the industry including INXS, Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham, Ian Moss and the late great Slim Dusty, as well as playing with many international stars from around the world like British guitarist Hank B. Marvin and American performers Chet Atkins, Willie Nelson, Duane Eddy and Dolly Parton.
The musician also mentored his younger brother guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, best known for his complex fingerstyle technique, energetic performances, and the use of percussive effects on the guitar.
In 1991, Phil Emmanuel was inducted into Australia’s Country Music Hall of Fame.