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SRV RIP: The 20th Anniversary

Twenty years and a have passed since Blues guitar virtuoso Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash in East Troy, Wisc.

Mr. Vaughan had just finished a concert with Eric Clapton at an outdoor theater when the copter crashed into a hill in dense fog.

Including Mr. Vaughan, five people died in the accident. Clapton, and guitarist Robert Cray, were in another helicopter which landed safely in Chicago.

Mr. Vaughan, who won multiple Grammy Awards, was considered to be at the peak of his career at the time of his death.

Check this hit of his, Pride and Joy, to get a feel for his elastic and vibrant style.

Mr. Vaughan went on to inspire many younger guitarists. One of the notable artists who was shaped by Mr. Vaughan's repertoire was John Mayer. (Mayer even has Mr. Vaughan's initials, SRV, tattooed on his shoulder.)

While Mayer is best known for his syrupy pop hits, such as "No Such Thing," and "Your Body is a Wonderland," he's respected by critics for his complete mastery of the guitar.

There's no doubt Mayer is one of the most talented guitarists of his generation and SRV's influence is pretty clear in his playing style, too, as evident here.

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  August 28, 2010; 10:51 AM ET
Categories:  Musicians , T. Rees Shapiro  | Tags: Eric Clapton, John Mayer, SRV, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughn  
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Twenty years after his death, Stevie Ray Vaughan's music still impacts the youth of today. Here is a touching tribute posted on YouTube by Conrad Oberg, the legally blind 16 yr. old that opened the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock in 2009. The song is called "Lenny," it was written by Stevie Ray for his wife, Lenora Vaughan, over thirty years ago.

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