This Day in Music 23.02.2016
Brad Ernest Whitford was born in Winchester (Massachusetts, U.S.) 64 years ago. He graduated at Reading Memorial High School in 1970 and attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music. He played in several local bands: Cymbals of Resistance, Teapot Dome, Earth, Inc., and finally a band called Justin Thyme before joining AEROSMITH in 1971, replacing original guitarist Ray Tabano.
Whitford contributed to the group, as he co-wrote some of the group's best album tracks, and his solid rhythm playing served as an important ingredient to the now-identifiable Aerosmith sound.
Upon his exit from Aerosmith in 1981, Whitford hooked up with Derek St. Holmes, former Ted Nugent singer/guitarist. But when a self-titled release, the same year, failed to push the pair to the top of the charts the duo split up. Whitford joined forces briefly alongside his former Aero-bandmate Joe Perry in the Joe Perry Project.
With Aerosmith's career on the downside Whitford and Perry decided to return to the group, resulting in a reunion tour in 1984.
Along with fellow Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, Brad Whitford was included in the Guitar World book The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2007.