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randelli

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Crazy! I was not alive when JFK was killed; but I can tell you exactly what I was doing when I heard the news about SRV. Tragic ending to a life that had seen the worst and was on the right path.

 

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I was at my crappy job, sweating my ass off and vacuuming a car floorboard at Rainbow Car Wash on 183 in Austin. It's still there, but it's called something else now. The radio came on and said Eric Clapton had died in a helicopter crash. Then a little while later it was announced that Eric was ok and it was Jimmy Vaughan that had died and I thought "Man, that sucks, but at least Stevie is ok" (I kind of hated the Fabulous Thunderbirds). Then the final news came in about Stevie. I left work and my girlfriend and I went down to Zilker Park with the rest of the entire city and we all wept, laughed, cried and celebrated his life. Man, that was a weird day.
 

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I remember all the misinformation. I think at different points in time, they reported that Clapton, Cray, J. Vaughn and finally SRV had perished. It never made sense to me why such a sophisticated and reliable piece of equipment (Bell Jet Ranger 206B (its predecessor the 206A was introduced in '66)) would have had such a catastrophic failure, unless it was human error. At some point, there was some sort of wrongful death settlement with the Vaughn family. I always find it stupefying when someone survives something that could very well have killed him/her (alcoholism, addiction, war, etc.) and is on the right path gets struck down by such an unpredictable and/or seemingly bizarre accident.

I often comment on the shelf life (staying power, longevity, whatever) of music. Lots of stuff that I liked back in the '70s, '80s and '90s doesn't sound nearly as good to me today. There are plenty of exceptions. SRVs version of Little Wing (IMO) is timeless. I even find myself having a hard time changing the station when cuts from Bowie's Let's Dance (from which I first learned of SRV) comes on the radio.

He's been missed ever since.
 

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RIP SRV. I never got the chance to see him live (could have at least once) but his music still inspired me.
 

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it's still sad.
one of my favorite guitar players.
he had so much more to give.
RIP
 

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Some day I hope to go to Texas and pay my respects.
 

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I was at my crappy job, sweating my ass off and vacuuming a car floorboard at Rainbow Car Wash on 183 in Austin. It's still there, but it's called something else now. The radio came on and said Eric Clapton had died in a helicopter crash. Then a little while later it was announced that Eric was ok and it was Jimmy Vaughan that had died and I thought "Man, that sucks, but at least Stevie is ok" (I kind of hated the Fabulous Thunderbirds). Then the final news came in about Stevie. I left work and my girlfriend and I went down to Zilker Park with the rest of the entire city and we all wept, laughed, cried and celebrated his life. Man, that was a weird day.
That was a tough year for me!!
my dog died of old age, my grandpa had a heart attack and died, I got layed off from my job of 5 years, broke up with my girlfriend, blew the motor in my car, and my favorite guitarist died. Fvck 1990!!!!
 

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Induction long overdue.

Like Randelli, I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news.

Gone but not forgotten.
 


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