Today’s the Day the Music Died (Music for Mondays)

For me, anyway. No, I’m not talking about Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, who Don McClean sang about in American Pie. No, I mean the day the music died for me. It was on August 27, 1990, when Stevie Ray Vaughn died in a helicopter crash at the age of 35.  SRV boarded a chopper after a show shorty after midnight for a quick hop to an airport, only the pilot flew into a low hill and  the best guitar player in the world was taken from us.

So I’m remembering Stevie Ray Vaughn, one of my favorites, as long time readers know. Many may dispute my calling him the best guitar player in the world at the time. Rollingstone lists him as #12.  But the truth is, he may have been the best guitar player ever.

Jimi Hendrix, you say? Stevie could do Jimi.

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B.B. King, you counter? Stevie could play like that.

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Stevie Wonder? Checkmate.

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More progressive rock n’ roll? Hello.

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Strung out and drug depressed? SRV had been there.

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And back from the brink? SRV had done that.

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Party hearty music?

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Beach music?

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Is he in heaven bound? Methinks yes.

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Requiescat in pace, Stevie Ray.

 

  • JennE

    I was working that day. The boss was weeping and all he played was SRV. That was my first exposure and I loved it. I remember my boss and SRV together. Both need prayers (although SRV maybe helping us with ours now more!) Boss was fired many years after I long left – poss drug use.
    Thanks for the reminder and the tunes

  • Tim in Cleveland

    His MTV unplugged performance was arguably the best. It made me want to buy a 12-string guitar.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJNMjjmJnLE

    • Frank Weathers

      Stevie didn’t need no amplifier. :)

  • Luke

    IMHO he is the greatest of all time. He was like an open channel and the riffs just flowed through him. We were definitely robbed. RIP SRV

  • http://mainegrassfed.us John O

    Stevie was the best. Something about his music attracted me many years ago. Now that I’m older, and listen to him, there’s no doubt, baby; that was the best guitarist the world (and Texas) has known. He had technique – but FEEL. I live in Maine, but I love Texas! I agree RIP SRV. I actually found this site by searching WHY he was killed?? Any info on that I’m at johno2626@gmail.com

    • Frank Weathers

      He died in a helicopter crash after a concert.


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