My Lost Treasure: Stevie Ray Vaughan 10/3/54 – 8/27/90
It was this week back in 1990 that I got a call from an old coworker wondering if anyone knew where some old tapes of a few past interviews had been stored. Unfortunately the answer was no. The tapes were of WPDH interviews with Stevie Ray Vaughan from the early 1980s when he was touring to support his Texas Flood album. The reason for the call was that we had just learned that Stevie Ray Vaughan had been killed in a plane accident.
I'll never forget when he visited the studio. Rick Buser was on the air, but we all hung out to meet this amazing guitar player that was just getting the recognition he deserved. You could tell that he'd been through some hard times, even at such a young age. But he was awesome. Really nice, humble, grateful, and one of the best guitar players ever. He played Rude Mood right there in the studio. Flawlessly. Luckily, somebody did tape that, and we played it quite a few times on the air over the years. I'm sorry to say I don't know what has become of it.
Stevie Ray Vaughan is surely missed, and just as surely will never be forgotten. Meeting him was definitely a highlight of my career. Rest In Peace, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and thanks for the memories.