Lenny Breau

Inducted in 1997

He was born in the United States, but Lenny Breau became a Canadian guitar icon venerated by musicians worldwide.

He was born in Auburn, Maine, on August 5, 1941. His parents were country singer Hal “Lone Pine” Breau and yodeler Betty Cody (Coté). The Acadian couple, who frequently performed in concert and on radio, moved their family to the Maritimes when Breau was seven-years-old.

Career Highlights


Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame


Chet Atkins produced Breau’s solo debut Guitar Sounds from Lenny Breau 


Featured in the National Film Board documentary Toronto Jazz

Quick Fact

He taught Randy Bachman guitar.