Stevie Ray Vaughan, Les Paul

One of the most talented and respected guitarists – of any generation – died on this day in 1990, tragically killed in a helicopter crash at just 36 years of age.

Here’s Stevie Ray Vaughan, performing ‘Crossfire’ on NBC’s Night Music, in 1989.

I’d like to remember all the gifted guitar players that have passed, especially the inspirational Les Paul, who died two weeks ago; another iconic giant, like Dr Robert Moog, whose inventions and innovations changed the course of music completely and to whom any music-maker or -lover owes a debt of gratitude.

As the 1988 Les Paul and Friends (David being one of them; his performance, you may recall, earned an enthusiastic “Boy, you played your butt off” from Les) tribute concert was so suitably labelled, ‘He Changed the Music’.

Ignore the eleven Number One singles and 36 gold discs (with his wife, Mary Ford) for just a moment. Les Paul didn’t just design what would become one of the world’s most famous and popular musical instruments, he considerably advanced developments in guitar effects and taping techniques. He is credited for inventing both the solid body electric guitar and the eight-track tape recorder. He pioneered multi-track recording, electronic echo and over-dubbing. All this without any formal training in either music or electronics.

Although I’m sure that everyone knows the famous tale by now, to repeat it, perhaps, is to pay compliment to the immense dedication Les Paul showed to his craft: after a near-fatal car crash in 1948, he insisted that doctors set his shattered right arm at a right angle so as to allow him to continue playing the guitar.

He would continue playing into his nineties.

Which guitarists do you remember with most fondness? For me, George Harrison and Syd Barrett stand out most of all, but there’s also Jimi Hendrix (obviously), Jerry Garcia, Marc Bolan, Frank Zappa, Joe Strummer, Buddy Holly, Muddy Waters, Carl Wilson, Brian Jones…

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

84 thoughts on “Stevie Ray Vaughan, Les Paul”

  1. Wow. I am blown away. I am at a loss for words (rare, for me, but apparently not impossible).

  2. Dear FEd,

    For my son and my husband, a heartfelt RIP to Les Paul. What a talent. I also like SRV and have missed his riveting guitar music.

    As my list would be the same as favorites go, including David Gilmour, Jimmy Paige, George Harrison, Eric Clapton… and list goes on and on, I would like to throw someone new into the list. It was considered Alternative I believe and correct me if I’m wrong. The guitarist in Adrian Legg, and the album I have in my collection is “Guitars and Other Cathedrals. All instrumental, no vocals and just some superb music.

    I’m not sure if there is any on YouTube or not. I would not know how to post it to you if there were so there you go. Some of the ones I love are Cajun Interlude, Reckless Love, Pass the Valium and Dying Embers just to name a few. Check him out if you can.

    Have a great day and as always, thanks for what you do.

    Love to the World. Do you know that I really mean that? I wish for the world to have love and peace for each other. 🙂

  3. From the list above, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Stevie Ray Vaughan without a doubt are tops on my list. Take a listen sometime to the instrumental “Black Napkins” from Zappa’s “Zoot Allures” album.

    Let’s also not forget Duane Allman who aside from his work with the Allman Brothers was also instrumental in the Derek and the Dominoes release “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.”

    Also another often overlooked talent was Terry Kath from the band Chicago. Early material for Chicago rocks and Terry was a big part of that. It’s the later stuff where they got too sappy. “I’m A Man” is an awesome rock song.

    I would also add Randy Rhodes from Ozzy’s band and Mick Ronson who worked with Bowie in the early 1970s. Mick was key to the Ziggy Stardust release.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    1. Randy Rhodes was a great guitar player. There is a studio out-take track In Ozzy’s tribute to him, where he shows his talent…

      Taki

  4. He still lives, but Adrian Belew is am amazing guitarist. With Belew and Robert Fripp playing side-by-side when I saw King Crimson in 1995, it was Belew, not Fripp, whose performance blew me away.

    We must also mention the inimitable B. B. King, whose work inspires (truly). Hate to say we may not have him for much longer. For those who get the chance to see him live, jump on that chance. You will not be disappointed.

  5. Maybe a bit off topic, but I didn’t read you asking for ‘rock’ guitar players only, so I would like to mention two classical (dead) guitarists I’m very fond of: Alexandre Lagoya (France) and Narciso Yepes (Spain).

    Here is Alexandre Lagoya playing ‘Jeux interdits’ (from our old famous movie of the same name (= ‘Forbidden Games’, maybe?). Isn’t it beautiful?

    And here is Narciso Yepes playing ‘The Concerto De Aranjuez’ (part two, the adagio) by Joachim Rodrigo.

    Well, music is not only Rock N’ Roll, eh?

    Michèle

    1. Well, music is not only Rock N’ Roll, eh?

      Absolutely not. Thank you for the links.

      After seeing Javier Mas, the Spanish guitarist touring with Leonard Cohen, I picked up his – and Jordi Rallo’s – Tamiz album. His 12-string guitar-playing is particularly beautiful.

      He’s also very much alive, so doesn’t quite belong here, but do have a listen to what’s at his MySpace page. I think you’ll like it.

    2. Nice music Michele! Thank you for sharing this with us. I very much appreciated it.

      Have a good day.

      Love to the World.

    3. I think you’ll like it.

      Yes, I did. Thank you for letting me know about Javier Mas.

      So, I did some research and found – and enjoyed – his fantastic flamenco guitar solo on ‘Who By Fire’. What a beautiful song.

      Now I regret even more not attending Leonard Cohen’s concert this summer at the amphitheatre of Vienne. 😉

    4. Hi, I’m with you on this one Michele.

      Here are other masters of the guitar (Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucia) playing Mediterranean Sundance, live.

      It’s almost unbelievable how fast and precise they are.

      Have a good weekend
      Lene

  6. Funny that I am just listening to Dick Dale’s ‘Pipeline’ with Stevie Ray Vaughan. Great stuff.

    Please see here.

  7. Some very good recommendations. I agree with Michele and to that end I also ask people to remember Django Reinhardt.

    Perhaps not iconic, but a clever guitarist who was also accomplished on the violin and banjo. He injured his fingers in a fire when he was 18 which makes his playing all the more special.

    David G. is at the top of my list, when all said and done!

    Hope you enjoy.

  8. Well, for me it’s Rory Gallagher. Seen him in the Ulster Hall in Belfast when nobody else would come here… he totally blew me away.

    Jeff Healey is another great player who I was lucky enough to catch live… what a talented individual he was and like Rory a really nice guy as well… some of today’s smug “pop stars” don’t even come close to these people neither in talent or personality… rant over. :v

    1. Good call, Paul!

      Rory Gallagher… What a guitarist and, from what I read, nice guy. It took me years to manage to see him playing around 1990.

      Taki

  9. Hi,

    I believe Mr Robert Johnson is a must in any list of great guitar players, as is Rory Gallagher. Both were excellent and their work remains inspirational.

    I’d like to remember also John Lennon who, despite being less skilled when compared to the best guitarists of his time, composed and played some intricate rhythm patterns that fit his songs perfectly.

    Cheers,
    Luis

  10. I first came across Stevie Ray Vaughan on a Planet Rock compilation cassette many moons ago which included his version (instrumental) version of “Little Wing”.

    It’s one of those tracks that stopped me in mine and contrasts very pointedly with the “Hank Marvin style”.

    Check it out here if you haven’t had the pleasure – satisfaction guaranteed – it’s rare indeed that this degree of dexterity and soul are found together.

  11. FEd,

    I am glad you started this list too.

    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Les Paul
    Buddy Holly
    Jimi Hendrix
    George Harrison
    Brian Jones
    Randy Rhoads
    Terry Kath

    Stevie was given his first electric guitar from his older brother, Jimmie. It was a hand-me-down. Here’s a video of the Vaughan brothers and the iceman… true Texas Bluesmen.

    Patricia

  12. My unforgotten favourites:

    – Django Reinhardt, the first pre-war guitar hero.
    – Jimi Hendrix, of course, died too early because surrounded by terribly wrong people, who didn’t even rescue him as he needed that deadly night.
    – Paul Kossof, generous guitar hero of Free, with his father always trying to help him and support him, fighting drug addiction to cope with recordings and commitments.
    – Randy Rhoads of course (thanks Andrew, once again it seems like we have quite similar taste 🙂 ), Ozzy Osbourne’s favourite shredder, too much of a nonsense death.
    – Duane Allman, another nonsense death, just like Stevie Ray and Randy, it’s hard to accept.

    1. By the way, Terry Kath who I mentioned before was a ridiculous death as well.

      Apparently, he and a friend were hanging out and they were fooling around with some guns. The one guy picked up an empty revolver, put it to his temple and pull the trigger several times. It just clicked, and clicked.

      Then Terry picked up a gun, took out the magazine which led him to believe the gun was empty. He too put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. Problem was that there was one bullet in the chamber that he didn’t remove.

      Sad way to end.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    2. That’s horrible, I didn’t know he did that.

      I really love Chicago, it was one super rare ensemble, and Terry was one funky master. They wrote many masterpieces and I always use Saturday in the Park when I need to cheer up. 🙂

  13. Here is my list of the immortal greats who have passed on.

    Les Paul
    Chet Atkins
    Bo Diddley
    Jimi Hendrix
    George Harrison
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Jeff Healy

    And way too many more to list.

    Hoss

  14. I’ve read that without Les Paul we wouldn’t have Rock and Roll. Not sure if true, but… one can’t overlook his contributions. I wonder if this means we overlook his talent sometimes.

    Stevie Ray is one of my favorites. Love his bluesy style.

    Another major talent who died young was Wes Montgomery.

    I still find that Roy Buchanan’s version of Sweet Dreams (can be heard at end of movie “The Departed”) so original and haunting.

    Makes you wonder why he and all of the above are never mentioned on those ‘lists’ we are so fond of of the top 50 or 100 best guitarists of all time. Although I suppose the answer is you can never please everyone with those lists as we all have our favorites. These guys make it look so easy.

    Thank you for saluting the past masters as well as the current talents. It is good to get feedback from other bloggers so I can go to YouTube to hear them. Great to find something new to listen to. At least new to me.

    Jan

  15. Hi FEd,

    thanks for that post. All rock fans (and more) owe Les Paul a lot, since rock music wouldn’t be what it is without electric guitars and the plethora of sounds that they help to create.

    I already regret having written down 6 of my favorites in the “Hank Marvin” entry, because I left a lot of others out. I should have included SRV, for example, or George Harrison…

    How lucky we are that there are recordings of all the great artists!

    Taki

  16. I’m with Paul on Rory Gallagher and Jeff Healey. Saw both of them in Canada when nobody would come here either. Somehow Steve Hackett often gets left out of these things so I’m throwing in here.

    Couple of underrated players I think are Stephen Stills and Lindsay Buckingham.

    Over and Out.

    George

  17. True Story:

    I was invited years ago to see Jeff Healey play at the Brunswick House in Toronto, 80s era. Jeff played the Bloor St. venue for years, that’s how I met him through my bass buddy from my first band.

    I had a hard day at work and a long trip home, so I declined. I found out later that Stevie Ray showed up that night because he and Jeff were recording at the CBC and he hung out with him that evening to watch Jeff play, he flew in from Texas. Pete, my bass player, said Stevie offered and bought him brews at the venue. If you recall, Stevie gave up drugs and booze at that particular time in life and didn’t imbibe. I still kick myself in the ass that I never got to see him in person.

    Part 2:

    Years later, Jeff was known around the music circle having become friends with B.B. King and others.

    The night Stevie passed away, Jeff met up with him. Stevie offered a ride to Jeff after the show but declined because he was afraid of helicopters. Can you imagine how Jeff felt after that!

    My fave guitarists are… guess who first! With The Ventures, Roy Buchanan, Carlos Santana, Jimi and Jimmy, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, and a female classic player, Liona Boyd whom I’ve graciously met after a show debuting her album “Persona”. David and Eric contributed to that recording. They didn’t show up there as far as I know. Oh well.

    For people who, haven’t heard of Tommy Emmanuel from Australia, check this unbelievable guitarist out and he is entertaining to boot.

    Thank You FED!

    1. Tommy Emmanuel is beyond spectacular, especially on an acoustic guitar.

      I decided last minute to drive from Buffalo NY to Bryn Myr Pa to catch Tommy in an intimate setting. Met the guy and he’s about as classy and down to earth as guys come. Initiation still stands out, to these ears, as pure aural nirvana.

      His brother Phil is no slouch either.

    2. Oh, hard luck, Frank.

      I agree that Tommy Emmanuel is an unbelievable guitarist.

      Thanks also for mentioning Liona Boyd.

  18. Would have loved to have seen SRV and am left wondering what heights he’d have reached had he still been around, but all Blues and Rock aside if I had to name one guitarist (and I do)…

    I would have to say that king of the fingerpickers, Mr. Chet Atkins.

    1. Now Chet Atkins reminds me of my childhood. Daddy used to play a Chet Atkins 8-track when we used to go fishing in Lake Eddelman in Texas.

      One of the tracks I clearly remember is this beautiful piece.

    2. One of the tracks I clearly remember is this beautiful piece.

      Very beautiful, Julie. Yet another rendition of ‘The Romance’, soundtrack main theme of the movie ‘Jeux Interdits’ (‘Forbidden Games’).

      Strangely enough, nobody actually knows who wrote it. Narciso Yepes called it ‘anonymous romance’, but once claimed in a radio interview that he wrote it at the age of seven.

      However, a 19th century manuscript would prove that the music had been written by Spanish guitarist-composer Fernando Sor…

    3. Hi Michele,

      I can also play this classical piece and I know it as ‘Romanza’. It is the only bit of music notation that I ever bothered to learn all the way through. I have loved this piece of music ever since I first heard Chet Atkins play it. However, mine is more classical then Chet’s country version. I think Chet mainly picks out the notes with a plectrum whilst I use three fingers and a thumb.

      The second part of the composition is actually quiet hard to play as there is one hell of a finger stretchy part within the chord progression.

      Regards.

    4. I enjoy listening and watching footage of Chet on YouTube. Those things can be at once both inspiring and discouraging to me. Watching Atkins play so effortlessly makes me want to experiment and take chances on the fretboard but knowing I could never in a million years reach the dizzying heights of his ability, it just leaves me awestruck.

      I do particularly like the album Neck and Neck that he did with yet another great guitarist and favorite of mine, Mark Knopfler.

  19. Looking only to those guitarist who have departed from us, George Harrison tops my list of most admired, not only for his music but for how he led his life. He seemed like such a gentle man.

    All Things Must Pass is a great album (at least the first two sides), but my favorite George song of all time is Crackerbox Palace.

  20. Wow, what a great clip of SRV. Watching this it also reminded me of another talent but he belongs on the other list – Robert Cray.

    The other amazing thing is that we almost lost Eric Clapton in that ‘copter crash in 1990. Eric was suppose to be on that ‘copter but gave up his seat to SRV. Amazing how fate works sometimes.

    You can see Robert here performing one of his better known songs.

    Also, check this out, a classic that belongs here. Years ago some friends dragged me out to see Albert Collins perform in a small nightclub in New York. I didn’t know anything about him. I ended up sitting at a table in front of the stage mesmerized at how he made the guitar sing.

    And let’s not forget about John Lee Hooker, another great blues guitarist.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    1. FEd,

      Thanks for the clip of Crackerbox Palace by Geoge Harrison who I did list as one of my favorite artists. I had never seen that video and that was a treat.

      I listed Robert Cray on the other list of top 10. I think even though this is mostly people who are alive, but this video would be appreciated by most people here. It was brought to my attention by someone and I love it.

      SRV and Robert Cray among other greats playing together Sweet Home Chicago – here.

      Patricia

  21. Apart from the already mentioned Syd Barrett, Jimi Hendrix and Jerry Garcia, who are absolutely some of my favourite guitarists, I think I would like to remember Steve Gaines, of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

  22. Yep, Rory Gallagher, a great call. Saw him play a good few times. Never disappointed.

    Another great guitar player, albeit acoustic, was Nick Drake. Fine songwriter and very much unappreciated during his time here. Very tricky songs to play.

  23. In addition to the usual “gods”, Page, Gilmour, Hendrix etc,; how about Mick Ronson? He was in many ways the catalyst behind the rise of David Bowie.

    Also saw Mick Taylor recently; the best guitarist The Stones ever had, but so often overlooked.

  24. My favorite guitarists include Jeff Beck, Steve Morse, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Robert Fripp, Pete Townshend, Frank Usher (who plays with the woefully under-rated Fish, ex singer of Marillion), and SRV.

    Its interesting that this topic would be posted this week as it has been roughly 20 years since I saw my one (and only) Stevie Ray Vaughan concert. August 23rd, 1988. The concert was supposed to be the day before but a killer rain storm cancelled the show, postponing it to the very next day.

    My favorite memory of this concert was when SRV played a blistering solo during Texas Flood with a silver dollar. At the end of the song, he smiled, winked at the audience and kissed the silver dollar before tucking it into his jacket pocket.

    Nuff said,
    Darren

  25. Okay FEd,

    Had to get my brother to help me with this. Kind of like teaching an old dog new tricks.

    Let’s see if I can get this link to you.

    This is an Adrian Legg clip.

    1. I’ve been fortunate enough to catch Adrian Legg in concert twice. The man has incredibly technique on acoustic, and writes some amazing instrumentals.

      His forte seems to be when he detunes his guitar during a song… its seems so effortless and perfectly normal for him!

      Thanks for the clip!

      Darren

    2. Dear Beppo,

      Wow! Lucky you. The man is truly amazing isn’t he? I love the album Guitars and Other Cathedrals. I’ve heard he is also a great story teller too!

  26. Great reading everybody’s posts… some real talent that has sadly left us.

    Have a nice weekend all!

    Cheers
    Paul

  27. Hi all.

    One of the UK’s outstanding guitarists, John Martyn.

    Passed away earlier this year. He was the pioneer of the fuzz box echoplex technique he used on some of his material. Most of you know that Mr G on a number of occasions performed with John, although I couldn’t see Mr G going the distance with JM on one of his legendary after show drinking sessions.

    Fond memories of Rory Gallagher too.

    Is the Self Destruct button a common factor in this topic?

  28. Have to stand in agreement for those in favor of George’s style. We were all so Blessed to have been on the same side of the grass as he, John and SRV, Chet and Jimi while they gifted us with their stunning virtuosity… such an emotional subject…

    Also on the Hendrix topic – does anyone recall Jimi opening shows for the Monkees while on tour? I just feel that it was hands-down the funniest happenstance in music history.

    Counting our Blessings – it is a good time to be alive while David G, EC, Carlos and Neil Young continue to produce wonderful songs for us all, and I will drink to that!

  29. Fed, I would have to add Jim Cipollina from QuickSilver Messenger Service, for he was another great guitar player who was a big part of the 60s music generation.

    Take Care and Have a Great Weekend,
    Thomas

  30. SRV was one of the all time best. Watching any video of him is an amazing privilege. I couldn’t fathom seeing him in person.

    Much like Stevie, Jeff Beck is another one who looks like he’s a mad coachman trying to keep a team of runaway horses from going off a ledge when he plays…

  31. Both off topic as still very much with us.

    There have been a good number of my Favs already mentioned, but I’d also mention, Eric Johnson and Thomas Blug as a pair of guitarists that perhaps have not had the recognition they deserve.

    This link will take you to a wee set of Blug gems (IMO).

    And for Eric try this as an intro to him.

  32. Hi FEd!

    I of course love David Gilmour, that goes without saying. I have had the pleasure of seeing SRV (I lived in Austin, TX in the early ’80s and have been back here for a year now). I saw Zappa also,wonderfully amazing. I saw Jimmy Page (with Robert Plant) in Virginia Beach in ’98, which was awesome. The list goes on… And, while here in Austin in the ’80s I was also lucky enough to see Paco De Lucia, Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin together. It gave me the chills.

    There is one other guitarist that was one of the best I have ever heard… my father. I have a cassette of his album he cut in the ’40s. I would love to get it ‘cleaned up’. You can hear all the ticks and pops from the vinyl. But, I’m afraid to let it out of my possession to let someone try to clean it up.

    Have a splendid weekend! 🙂

    Penny

  33. Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne)
    Dimebag Darrell Abbott (Pantera)

    And a little known guitarist named Jerry Fogle who played in a Doom-ish Metal band called Cirith Ungol. For some beautiful neo-classical lead playing (before the world ever heard of the likes of Yngwie…), try songs from the Cirith Ungol album ‘King of the Dead’.

    Jerry Fogle, RIP.

  34. Still haunting us with their music:

    – SRV (of course, he was truly great)
    – Dan Fogelberg (great guitarist, for instance The River or Hurtwood Alley)
    – Mike Bloomfield (loved KGB)
    – Duane Allman (one-of-a-kind)
    – Stuart Adamson (had a signature sound)
    – George Harrison (smooth and sweet)
    – Tommy Bolin (passionate)
    – Paul Kossoff (rocking)
    – James Jamerson (bass, legendary)

    I forgot to add The Edge to my post of living favorites. It’s hard to remember everyone under the gun, isn’t it? 🙂

    1. Mad props for your Dan Fogelberg addition… he’s one of my all time favs and his earlier works such as “Home Free”, “Captured Angel”, “Souvenirs”, “Netherlands” and “Phoenix” don’t get the true “We’re Not Worthy” recognition that they most certainly deserve.

  35. Hi!

    I remember SRV from his Rockpalast concert outside on the Loreley, must have been in 1984. Very fine music… there are some of his records in my collection.

    Other guitar players I remember are:

    Rory Gallagher
    Muddy Waters
    Randy California (Spirit)

    Leo Kottke is also an artist I heard quite often in my younger years. Is he still alive and in business? I owned a vinyl record, where he played together with two other guitar artists: John Fahey and Peter Lang.

    And not to forget three men, now more popular than ever because of that movie “It might get loud”: Jack White, The Edge and Jimmy Page.

    Have good week
    Herbert

  36. A great subject but also a very sad one, I am going to list 3 great players I have had the pleasure of seeing play live:

    Randy Rhodes
    Jeff Healey
    Mick Ronson

  37. A little off topic.

    I hear the police have received new information into the death of Brian Jones and are looking into his death again, 40 years on.

    Damian

  38. And… is this sacrilege? I don’t think so. I love it.

    Rodrigo Y Gabriela are a Mexican flamenco-inspired guitar duo who also covered Metallica and Pink Floyd.

    Still alive, so, off topic… 😐

    1. Michele,

      I really enjoyed your link to Rodrigo Y Gabriela. I will have to check into their Pink Floyd songs.

      Patricia

  39. Check out this 8-year old talent who was inspired by Hendrix and SRV.

    FYI, you need to be patient for the first few seconds to get past the Phoenix commercial but it is worth it.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  40. Hi Everyone!

    Well for me, it’s Stevie Ray.

    I got to meet Les Paul and Mary Ford a long time ago when I was a kid. They had a home in Oakland NJ not far from my Aunt and Uncle. Being young, I didn’t realize at the time that I was meeting a legend. And if you remember a duo called Mickey and Sylvia, they took full advantage of Les Paul’s sound when they recorded “Love is Strange”. Good guitar work in that song.

    So IMHO, Les Paul was a definite key player for soooo many guitarists.

    BTW, the tribute for him with David is in my favorites. David did a great job on that blues number. 😀

  41. Hello FEd and mates,

    back again from a bunch of holidays in the wonderful Salento (Puglia-Italy) and in the Croatian very clean waters.

    Really I missed you… thinking about: this blog is a COMMUNITY, a virtual, breathing community and I’m happy to be here with all of you.

    My beloved guitarists? All you have reminded, with a special love for David and Jimmy Page, but there is an American garage band from Cape Cod (LORDS ORPHANS – last CD in 2007) that play a very interesting sound.

    I think “the guitars” are Joe Meunier and Pat Donovan… try in YouTube and enjoy.

    A hug from Rome
    diana

  42. Fed, I just wanted to let everyone know that there is going to be a special showing of most of the Later… with Jools Holland shows being broadcast on the Ovation channel next weekend (September 4th thru the 7th) here in the states and that David Gilmour and his band will be shown on the show playing at 9pm and 12am (EST) or 6pm and 9pm (PST). All shows are repeats.

    Hope that all will enjoy for I am looking forward to seeing David play Remember that Night and listening to David talking to Jools Holland about Richard Wright as a musician. It’s very touching.

    Take Care,
    Thomas

    1. I have not seen this episode down here in Australia yet, we normally get them a few months after they are broadcast in the UK. Can’t wait.

      I’ve got a bunch of reviews for “Later” on my website OzTVReviews. It’s one of my very favourite shows.

  43. I agree, Matt. Besides the ones you mentioned, I also loved Twin Sons of Different Mothers. Some of his better work rests there, like Tell Me To My Face, Hurtwood Alley, and, of course, Power of Gold.

  44. Dear FEd,

    Who said this day and age of the internet is tearing the family apart?

    My son and I just had a nice little get together at the internet on YouTube exchanging each other’s favorites of guitar players. He listened to mine and I his. With tears in my eyes I must say how much I enjoy time with my boys.

    At any rate, a guitarist he shared with me I would like to share with our group. I was amazed. Listen to this.

  45. In regards to Thomas’ post, I live in the EST in the US and Jools Holland was on almost every night.

    I wonder if Ovation is similar to Fuse or Palladia. Would love to see that repeat with David. They show Live in Gdansk quite often, but I have the DVD of that and the RTN DVD as well.

    Hmmmm, anyone know?

    1. Jayne,

      Ovation is a fairly new station and they are having a Later… with Jools Holland special over Labor Day weekend and it should be on most cable company stations.

      Thomas

  46. Just back from a very brief Holiday and saw this topic. This one is near to my heart. I know like everyone else here I could list for pages the great guitarists I hold dear. I’ll just mention a few that I do not think have yet been mentioned. Certainly most of those already mentioned would be on my list as well.

    – Roy Buchanan. One of the corners of the holy trinity of telecaster gunslingers.

    – Danny Gatton. Second corner of the telecaster trinity. Nicknamed the humbler, for his ability to outplay anyone with whom he was cutting heads, except for perhaps, Roy Buchanan.

    – Freddy King – I love the way he plays the blues. Actually, David’s playing often reminds me of Freddy’s, and I always thought they would have sounded fantastic together. Listen to Freddy’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” to see what I mean.

    – Wes Montgomery – Must be one of the most soulful and ultimately influential jazz players ever.

    – Sonny Sharrock – If ‘Ask the Ages’ was the piece of music he ever recorded, he would make my list. An intense, soulful jazz musician not afraid to use a little feedback.

    – Albert Collins – The ‘Iceman’. He makes up the third corner of my telecaster trinity. Makes guitar playing sound fun.

    – Duane Allman – Brought the slide squarely into rock and roll, and it still hasn’t been improved upon since his demise.

    – Eddie Hazel – ‘Maggot Brain’. Listen to it and you’ll know why.

  47. Even though sad, this has been a great topic. With all the great suggestions and being able to sample them on YouTube. Fantastic. I now have a new list of records to search for. Fabulous talents.

    Thanks to everyone.

    Jan

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  49. I thought I was the only person who knew what happened 19 years ago today!

    SRV will never be forgotten!

  50. He made an excellent performance in his music video. Many were happy and excited with his video and many are entertained with what he did here.

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