Today is the 71st birthday of Welsh guitarist Dave Edmunds—he of Rockpile and Love Sculpture fame, he who scored a Number 1 U.K. hit with “I Hear You Knocking” in 1970.
Edmunds forged a successful solo career with a string of middle-weight hits, including “Queen of Hearts,” “Girls Talk” and “Slipping Away.”
But what a lot of people don’t know is that Edmunds is an incredible guitarist, initially making his six-string mark with Love Sculpture’s blistering version of “Sabre Dance” in 1968.
Edmunds still performs “Sabre Dance,” and we figured we’d share a recent (OK, recent-ish) live version of the tune below. The song has gone on to be his official guitar showcase piece, and it’s easy to see why.
As everyone knows, “Sabre Dance” is from the final act of Aram Khachaturian’s ballet Gayane. It is Khachaturian’s best known and most recognizable work.
Edmunds is getting ready to release a new studio album, On Guitar…Dave Edmunds, May 18 via Another Planet Music. You can check out an audio sampler below.