Tommy Bolin (when he was sober)
I got tired of thinking of names, I could sit here for hours doing it.
I forgot Clarence White
There are a plethora sublime players out there, some recognized, most not....
One of the best guitar solos in a pop song was done by Tony Peluso for the Carpenters.
"Goodbye to Love" is a typical Carpenters song, with a great arrangement and Karen's silky (yet strangely emotional) vocals, until the break in the song where the unexpected guitar solo appears.
At the time, it pissed a lot of die hard Carpenter fans off, but it still stands out as a great pop song. I actually saw them live in the early '70s in Lubbock, Texas. They put on a good show, and Karen actually carried a lot of the burden in terms of entertaining the crowd.
I'm not sure, but I think she was drinking screwdrivers behind her kit...
I had previously said Steve Clark... I don't think Vivian Campbell is under rated but Gibson sure as hell as no appreciation for him considering he loves the Les Paul. In light of the unfortunate news that Viv's cancer is back, here is Viv and his awesome interpretation of Wasted.