# CCCLXV…Rock-n-Roll Legend Lost Too Soon…

In case the title is too cryptic for you, today (October 3) would have been a birthday celebration for late guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990), who was born in Dallas, Texas on this date.  As a child, his older brother Jimmie (who was the creator of the band The Fabulous Thunderbirds) influenced his decision to learn how to play.  It was this action, however, that led Stevie Ray to become one of rock’s iconic guitarists.

After his performance with his own crew, Double Trouble (bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton) at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982, he gained fame by his guitar work really impressing people; most notably, from People magazine writer James McBride, who said of him, “He had no album, no record contract, no name, but he reduced the stage to a pile of smoking cinders and, afterward, everyone wanted to know who he was.” (from Wikipedia).

He had, over his short career, also played guitar for David Bowie’s 1983 album, “Let’s Dance”, which included the title track and the smash hit, “China Girl”, and his performances with Double Trouble (with such iconic classics as “Pride and Joy” from the album “Texas Flood” and the smash “The House Is Rockin'”) are nothing short of legendary.  His unique style of guitar playing is well-documented and often imitated…however, Stevie Ray Vaughan will never be replaced. If you can, just perusing some of his performances and guitar work will leave you in awe!

RIP in Heaven to this rock-n-roll icon, a light forever missed…

Also, celebrating today are/were; late author/actor Gore Vidal (1925-2012), late guitarist Eddie Cochran (1938-1960), former wrestler “Bullet” Bob Armstrong {father of former DX member “Road Dogg” Jesse James} (1939), “The Twist” creator Chubby Checker (1941), Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham (1949), actress Pamela Hensley (1950) and former Yankees’ great Dave Winfield was born in 1951.

In the end of the list are/were; former journeyman reliever Dennis Eckersley (1954), the ubiquitous Rev. Al Sharpton (1954), golf star Fred Couples (1959), comedian Greg Proops (1959), actor/singer Jack Wagner (1959), Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (1962), actor Clive Owen (1964), comic book iconic illustrator Rob Liefeld (1967), iconic songstress Gwen Stefani (1969), actress Neve Campbell (1973), singer/actress India Arie (1975), wrestler John Morrison (1979) and singer/actress Ashlee Simpson was born in 1984.

As our virtuoso was quoted as saying, “If the house is a rockin’, don’t bother…come on in!”, and I’ll be back soon…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\


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