Allan Holdsworth

Aug 6, 1946 – Apr 16, 2017 (Age 70)


August 6, 1946
April 16, 2017


Allan Holdsworth, a British-born guitarist whose rock and jazz fusion work influenced many guitar players in a variety of genres, died Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Vista, California, according to multiple news sources. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Guest Book

Not sure what to say?

Allan was simply the finest, most talented guitarist on planet Earth. He was both cognitively and physically light years beyond all other guitarists/musicians. If he were a mathematician, he would have been in a category with Albert Einstein. If all other guitarists who are considered "great" were the brightness of a lit candle, Allan was a towering inferno! My deepest condolences to his family. The world lost a once in a millennia talent and a humble, giving man. RIP fine sir. Dr....

miss you allan me and my husband you know him as big john.thank you for being a great friend miss those day at the local watering hole just talking about family and good times ..R.I.P.thinking of you ,will be playing your music on your birthday..

Allan was a huge inspiration for me on guitar. His beautiful and creative music with all the intricate chords and beautifully complex guitar solos still continue to intrigue me after four decades of listening to all of his amazing albums. I'm so fortunate to have seen him in concert a number of times, and I will always cherish those experiences. My deepest condolences go out to his family. RIP Mr. Allan Holdsworth

I first met Allan in his home in Yorkshire when I was forming a group to go to Brussels where I had a record deal. In the event, I had to go to Brussels alone, but, when I returned, I was glad to meet up with Allan again. When the excellent Alan Wormald left my band at Sunderland Mecca to go on the road, Allan Holdsworth took his place as my lead guitarist, playing the pop music of the day and strict tempo dance music. We spent two years together on the Mecca circuit during which time...

You were the greatest guitarist ever for me, I will miss your beautiful legato notes, you touched my heart like no one has, I love you Allan, always in my ❤

Your music enlightens the good times and brings comfort to dark periods. I cannot imagine live without it. Thank You Allan

I'm not a musician and I never understood Allan's music - but I loved it all for its beauty, power and originality. We lost him from England because we didn't appreciate his genius. For years I watched hopefully for another album and to hear of his untimely death is so devastating.

Heartfelt condolences to his family for the loss of this great yet humble man.