born on 6/10/1949 in Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Sid McGinnis (born October 6, 1949) is an American musician and guitarist, best known for his work on the CBS television show, Late Show with David Letterman, as part of the CBS Orchestra.
The Pittsburgh-born guitarist made his first appearance in the Late Night with David Letterman band in 1984 as a guest guitarist, and has continued as a permanent guitarist with Letterman's television shows since then. He is the only member of the orchestra who wears headphones during each performance. He hands out picks before each show. He also plays pedal steel guitar, as he did backing Judy Collins on "Someday Soon", 7/24/09. The steel guitar he uses in this track is an MSA single neck, as seen in this video.
Outside of his work on the television show, McGinnis has toured and/or recorded with numerous artists including Warren Zevon, Ashford and Simpson, Barry Manilow, Peter Gabriel, Carly Simon, Dire Straits, Robert Fripp, The Sisters Of Mercy, Cool It Reba, Laurie Anderson, David Lee Roth, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel and others.
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- Bio of Sid McGinnis at CBS.com