Next door neighbor in the 6th grade. He was four grades older then me. I was already pretty impressed with the fact he let me hang to begin with. Sitting in the backyard watching him play House of the Rising Sun on a $20 nylon string Mexican acoustic was enough to get me hooked.
The very first? Guitar player for Shocking Blue (from The Netherlands) with the song Venus. Probably was left by my mom's sister....the much younger, much cooler aunt. Late sixties K-Tel album. Still remember a bunch of the songs, but at 10/11 y/o, that one stood out. I asked for an electric guitar.....and got one. Always wanted to play guitar so badly since then, and that's exactly how I still play Been a helluva ride for 50+ years. John Fogarty was next. Jeeze..