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    ...Stevie Ray Vaughan died. [img]graemlins/cry.gif[/img]

    John Lee Hooker: "The first time we met was in Austin, Texas. That was fifteen or twenty years ago, and at the time he could play tremendously. And I said 'Someday, this kid's going to shake the whole world up.' He was one of the nicest people. You couldn't help but love him. I never cry, but yesterday when I heard the news, I sat down on my bed and cried like a little baby."

    B.B. King: "He's the blackest white man I've ever seen. Most of us play a 12 bar solo with two choruses, and the rest is repetition. With Stevie Ray, the longer he played, the better. The fact is that he affected the way blues will be played and heard forever."

    Eric Clapton: "I don't think anyone has commanded my respect more. The first time I heard Stevie Ray, I thought, 'Whoever this is, he is going to shake the world'. I was in my car and I remember thinking, I have to find out, before the day is over, who that guitar player is. That doesn't happen to me very often. I didn't get to see or hear Stevie play near often enough, but every time I did I got chills and knew I was in the presence of greatness. He seemed to be an open channel and music just flowed through him. It never seemed to dry up."

    Jimmie Vaughan: "Stevie spoke through his guitar. It was his voice and much more. The music meant everything to him".
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    He was an amazing player. What a loss. This guy is dead and Bon Jovi is still making records, shit.

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    More quotes about SRV...

    Buddy Guy: "It was an honor to have him do [my] tunes, because just like I went to Muddy Waters and paid tribute to him, everyone pays tribute to someone they admired a lot. Music is handed down to the next generation. And he wasn't just some white kid saying, 'I got it.' He told the truth. 'I got this from Buddy Guy or Albert Collins,' or whoever he wanted to talk about. That was some of his greatness. Stevie is the best friend I ever had, the best guitarist I ever heard, and the best person anyone will ever want to know. He will be missed a lot."

    Bonnie Raitt: "The most lasting memory I have of Stevie is his passion... I don't think there's anyone that tears into a song the way he did. I think Stevie Ray was coming from some place so deep and so beautiful that there's no one you can compare to him. To me Stevie Ray was the greatest blues guitarist. For fire and passion and soulfulness, he was untouchable. He was scary to those of us who watched him. But he was so humble and gracious as a friend and he wasn't stuck up about his playing."

    Robert Cray: "... for a long time coming there's going to be a lot of frustrated guitar players trying to pick up on Stevie's stuff. I'll always remember how he kicked my ass all the time on the guitar. It was inspirational, you know?"

    Lonnie Mack: "As I got to know him better, it was easy to see that he had a really good spirit. Stevie was a giver, man - not only to his friends, but to everybody. He was a very spiritual person. He played his complete self through the guitar. And he knew that playing music wasn't about who sounded better than who else. It was the style that counted, and it was about having a good time."

    Albert Collins: "We jammed many times, and I had so much fun. I really miss him. He did some Jimi Hendrix, some Albert King, a little of me, but he had it together for what he wanted to do. He had a direction and he made it work. The kids really liked his fire."

    Gregg Allman: "I remember when he first came out, he was doing [Voodoo Chile], and I heard all these people going 'Ah, he's just trying to do Hendrix.' But he went a lot furher than that. He was absolutely 100-proof pure blues. Albert Collins, Muddy Waters - the essence of that was in everything he played. More than the Allman Brothers, he was straight-down-the-line blues. Stevie was always playing. After he'd get offstage, he'd get on his bus. And he had all these Stratocasters hanging there. He'd grab one and start goin'."

    Joe Satriani: "As a guitar player, he had an incredible signature tone and an extreme intensity. He played one of the most difficult guitars to play - the Fender Stratocaster - and he played with really heavy strings. And he strung it with high action, which means you have to really work harder than anyone to try to get a sound out. But if you've got what it takes, then what comes out is something very big and bold and original. In August of 1988, we opened two shows for him at the Pier in New York, and I got to really listen to him up close. You could tell he was always striving to find that magical point. He was good at reaching for the magic and finding it. I think what I'll really remember is the way he stood, you know? Sweat-drenched, with his eyes closed, grabbing some incredible note. Someone has to be totally absorbed to play like that.To play that intensely sort of wreaks havoc on the body - it's sort of a painful ecstasy. He played the blues, you know? I guess I'll remember that most of all."

    Hubert Sumlin: "[Stevie] was a friend of mine, partner - one of the best. I been knowing Stevie a long time, since he was a kid - him and Jimmie. I played with them so many times in Austin when Antone's had the first club on 6th and Brazos."
    "I'll tell you the truth: That boy was something else, man. I feel like he was one of the greatest guys and guitar players who ever lived. And he was really just getting to do his thing."

    Steve Vai: "His playing reached out to you. He wasn't so concerned with technique and flash, but at the same time, he had it by the truckload. He never let technique rule his heart; he always played directly what was on his mind. Sometimes players come along that are just so stunningly technical that they dazzle, and then you have players that come along that with their musicianship, they're great songwriters, and they pretty much inspire people with their sense of melody. But Stevie ray Vaughan could roll it all into a very well-balanced package."
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    Stevie Ray Vaughan's Obituary from People Magazine

    Copyright Time Inc., 1990

    HE PERFORMED AS HE ALWAYS HAD, as if the song of the moment would be his last. During the blistering, 20-minute rendition of "Sweet Home Chicago" that closed the show at the Alpine Valley Music Theater near East Troy, Wisconsin, guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan was onstage with fellow bluesmen Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Vaughan's older brother, Jimmie. Said Guy later: "It was one of the most incredible sets I ever heard Stevie play. I had goose bumps."
    Shortly afterward, at 12:15 A.M. on Aug. 27, the exhilarated musicians left the stage through a rear exit. Vaughan, 35, had planned to make the two-hour drive back to his Chicago hotel with his brother and sister-in-law, Connie, but at the last minute he chose to board a Bell 206B Jet Ranger, one of four helicopters waiting nearby. According to his New York City publicist, Charles Comer, Vaughan had learned from Clapton's manager that there were seats enough to accommodate all three in his party. When he found only one place was actually available, Vaughan said to Connie and Jimmie, "Do you mind if I take the seat? I really need to get back."

    The helicopter took off in fog around 12:40 A.M. with Vaughan and four others aboard. Sweet Chicago would never be reached. Moments later the chopper's remains lay spread across more than 200 feet of a man-made ski slope in a field dotted with bittersweet and Queen Anne's lace. All on board were killed instantly in what National Transportation Safety Board investigator William Bruce later described as "a high-energy, high-velocity impact at a shallow angle."

    Fans leaving the noisy concert site did not hear the crash, which occurred on the far side of the nearby hill. In fact a search for the lost copter wasn't begun until 5 A.M. -- more than four hours later -- after an orbiting search-and-rescue satellite picked up the craft's emergency-locator transmitter signal. At 7 A.M. searchers found the bodies of Vaughan; Bobby Brooks, Clapton's Hollywood agent; pilot Jeff Brown (who may have been unfamiliar with the hilly site's tricky take-off procedures); Clapton's assistant tour manager, Colin Smythe; and Clapton's bodyguard, Nigel Browne. Later that morning Clapton and Jimmie Vaughan were summoned by the Walworth County coroner to identify the bodies.

    The crash stilled the music of a man that many had considered on the lip of true stardom. Vaughan's last album, In Step, had gone gold and won a Grammy, and a new LP had already been recorded for release later this month. The latter, titled Family Style, was a pet project of Vaughan and brother Jimmie, 38, who had quit his job as lead guitarist with the Fabulous Thunderbirds to work on the LP.

    A promising guitar player by the time he was 8, Stevie Ray grew up in Dallas, the son of an asbestos plant worker and a secretary at a ready-mix cement factory. He abandoned high school at 17 and, with his brother, began haunting the all-night blues clubs of Austin, where his trademark bandito hat, tar-paper voice and potent playing became as familiar as the clubs' watered-down drinks. A videotape of one performance, sent to Mick Jagger, led to a New York City nightclub appearance at Jagger's request, but it was Vaughan's stunning set at the 1982 Montreux Jazz Festival that brought him both a record contract and the wider recognition he deserved.

    Vaughan had been plagued for years by severe alcohol and drug dependency, and he chronicled his successful struggle to kick the twin sins with his album In Step. "He just went straight in the last four years," says a friend. "Since then he wouldn't even drink tea with caffeine. It's such a shame. He was such a sweet man."

    Five albums, countless tours and guest appearances -- live and in the studio -- with a pantheon of blues and rock performers like B.B. King and David Bowie had established the goateed musician as one of the reigning kings of his genre. "He did a lot for us blues players, keeping the blues happening," says guitarist Albert Collins, who remembers seeing Vaughan play in Austin's bars when the latter was still a teenager. "He was attractive to younger kids, and he always had this fire in him. He made the blues a young and old thing to listen to." Grammy-winning blues singer Koko Taylor echoes Collins's view. "People didn't pay attention to the blues," says Taylor. "Vaughan was one of the musicians who changed that."

    Vaughan had bought a home in the Highland Park section of Dallas about nine months ago; killed four years to the day after the death of his father, he will now be buried nearby. His death is a sad new addition to a series of similar air-crash tragedies that over the years have claimed such stars as Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Jim Croce, Rick Nelson and others. But to Vaughan's friends and fans, the latest loss is far more than a sad statistic.

    Last summer Vaughan had come to Chicago on another mission, to help Buddy Guy, whom he had known for a decade, open his new South Side nightclub. Hours before the crash the pair teamed up again for the last song Vaughan would ever perform. "Stevie is the best friend I've ever had, the best guitarist I ever heard and the best person anyone will ever want to know," a choked-up Guy said the day after his friend's death. "He will be missed a lot."
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    Originally posted by man of the people:
    He was an amazing player. What a loss. This guy is dead and Bon Jovi is still making records, shit.
    fuckin' right ...that guy kicked some serious ass...

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    I remember that morning after the crash. no one was sure exactly who was on board & it was being said it may have been Clapton, or members of his band, I dont even think they mentioned Stevie untill later in the morning as a possibillity. Then, little by little, it was becomming more apparent that no one had heard from Stevie.
    That was right up there with loosing Lennon. Stevie was an icon & an inspiration. To me, the saddest part of this story was, for the first time in years, he was clean & sober & really enjoying life.
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    I just posted (a bit belatedly) a similar thread in the guitar forum.

    Simply put, Stevie was one of the best ever, an emotive genius whose battered and beaten Strat was jacked straight into his soul.

    I can't even begin to measure what an influence he's been on myself and so many countless others as a musician, save to say that the one time I saw him live in '89 was an event that forever changed my whole perspective on music in a way that no one has either before or since.

    They say that only the good die young. Well... in Stevie's case, you could change the "good" to the "best".

    Rest in peace, brother, and thanks again for the incredible inspiration and joy that your music has and always will provide.

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    Man This guy is missed can you imagine what he would be doing right now?
    "I Want The Best! Of Both Worlds!<br />AAAAAAWWWWWWWWW-Van Halen Live With Out A Net.

 

 

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