JOE WALSH

An established artist in his own right ("Life's Been good") and an accomplished session musician, Walsh ended up joining the Eagles, where his guitar work gave them a new edge ("Life in the Fast Lane").

JOHNNY MARR

When you think of The smiths, your mind may go to lead singer Morrissey. But Marr's guitar work defined the band's sound, and after the group broke up, Marr went on to play with the Pretenders, The The and Modest Mouse. and his solo albums are pretty dang good, too.

FLEA

Perhaps the most physically recognizable member of red hot Chili Peppers, bassist Flea (born Michael Balzary) is the member of the band probably most responsible for its sound, considering his use of slap bass and other funk elements.

TONY IOMMI

The founding guitarist of Black sabbath is one of the best players ever, and though he's a heavy metal pioneer, Iommi was never about playing as fast as he possibly could. Those guitar licks are intricate, sure, but they're precise and full of finesse.

TOM MORELLO

The aggressive punk, funk and hip-hop styles of rage against the Machine are partly the band's attitude, but mostly Morello's pioneering guitar sound. Those record-scratch sounds and siren-like wails and punk/funk riffs? some magic stuff.

MIKE CAMPBELL

Most of what you know as Tom Petty's sound comes from his longtime guitarist, who co-wrote songs including "refugee," "here Comes My girl," "you got Lucky" and "runnin' down a dream." Oh, and he's done some great work for others, too.

CINDY BLACKMAN

You ever see the video for Lenny Kravitz's "are you gonna go My Way"? That's Blackman bashing away on the drum kit, her playing holding down Kravitz's electric riffs. With a jazz background and a pop sensibility, Blackman's done well playing with Kravitz, Buckethead and her husband, Carlos santana.

MEG WHITE

It's her ex-husband who gets all the praise and notice now, but it was Meg holding everything together with deceptively simple beats.

CAROL KAYE

A member of the famed Wrecking Crew, Kaye is one of the most prolific bassists of all time. Kaye (who also played guitar) played in more than 10,000 sessions for recordings such as "Then he Kissed Me," "you've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and "These Boots are Made For Walkin'" as well as songs by Frank sinatra, stevie Wonder and Barbra streisand.

CLARENCE CLEMONS

For a rock 'n' roll band like the E street Band, it's surprising that the sax player would have such an important spot. But the Big Man's sax is some of the most memorable stuff from "Born to run," "Badlands" and even "santa Claus is Coming to Town."

KENNY ARONOFF

For a long time, aronoff was John Mellencamp's drummer, and that iconic, slow-played drum solo from "Jack & diane" is all him. after departing Mellencamp's band, aronoff has played with Bob seger, Melissa Etheridge, John Fogerty and Jerry Lee Lewis.

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