Rory Gallagher (March 2nd 1948 - June 14th 1995) was an Irish blues rock guitarist. Known for his extremely talented musicianship and charismatic live performances, Gallagher first rose to prominence with the band he formed in 1966 - Taste. He performed extensively with Taste in the UK, building a good reputation on the rock scene, and playing with Bands such as Cream (at their farewell concert in the Royal Albert Hall) and Blind Faith (on a US tour). Taste broke up in 1970, and Gallagher struck out on his own. Releasing ten albums over the decade, he achieved significant success, and sold over 30 million albums worldwide, although it was always his incredible live performances that won him the most acclaim. He also satisfied his blues dedication by performing with some of the leading artists of the time including Muddy Waters and Jerry Lee Lewis. Throughout the 80s and 90s his blues style matured, and his recorded output slowed, although he continued to tour the world. He died in 1995 of complications following a liver transplant.