Sid McGinnis

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Sid McGinnis
Birth name Sid McGinnis
Born (1949-10-06) October 6, 1949 (age 67)
Origin Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Rock, Pop rock
Occupation(s) Musician, guitarist
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1975–present
Associated acts CBS Orchestra, The World's Most Dangerous Band, Peter Gabriel, Phyllis Hyman, Jim Weider, Paul Simon, David Bowie
Notable instruments
1955 Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, 1952 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop

Sidney Foster "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.[1]

The Pittsburgh-born guitarist made his first appearance in the Late Night with David Letterman band in 1984 as a guest guitarist, and continued as a permanent guitarist with Letterman's television shows until Letterman's retirement.[2] He was the only member of the orchestra who wore headphones during each performance. He handed 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 on YouTube.

McGinnis has also 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.[2]


  1. ^ Stone, Michael (2 June 1986). "Paul Shaffer's Hip Parade". New York Magazine: 46. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Sid McGinnis". CBS Press Express. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 

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