A few of us remembered at NIHOF when Stevie Ray Vaughan passed away in a tragic helicopter crash. A running joke that went around was how terrible it was that Stevie Ray was dead and all the New Kids on the Block are still alive. Nearly twenty years later, his fans miss him as much as they did when he was first taken (and are still cranky that all five New Kids are still alive).
Stevie Ray Vaughan has been called the last great Blues man. That title may be a little melodramatic, but there is no doubt that he was an outstanding musician with exceptional talent who was taken away way too soon. Drawing from legendary Blues musicians of the past, Vaughan’s style was a little faster and fierier than his influences and through that he bridged Rock and Blues probably better than anyone else had before. Amazingly, he did so in an era where the Blues wasn’t considered “cool” anymore, and drew fans that would not normally be into that style of music. Considering the extensive amount of Blues based musicians in the Hall, the best of the 80’s should find induction sooner than later.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
U.S.A. (Dallas, TX)
Why He Will Get In:
Blues Rock is a Hall staple.
Why He Won’t Get In:
Honestly, it is hard to come up with a good reason.
Texas Flood (1983)
Couldn’t Stand the Weather (1984)
Soul to Soul (1985)
In Step (1989)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Pride & Joy (From Texas Flood, 1983)
Texas Flood (From Texas Flood, 1983)
Come On (Part III) (From Soul to Soul, 1985)
The House is Rockin’ (From In Step, 1989)
Crossfire (From In Step, 1989)
www.stevieray.com (Tribute Site)