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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 11:06 PM
I was Just wondering which Musician's Death Impacted you the most.

I've only been alive for 14 years and I haven't witnessed too many deaths (Jerry Died when I was 2). But from watching Various Documentarys/Programs, I think John Lennon's Death Hit Me the most. I dont know why. I think its because of what he stood for, as far as peace on earth. Plus, he was murdered, which makes it even more hainus. But again, that's just me.

Second Would Have to Be Either Duane Allman Or Lynyrd Skynyrd.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 11:17 PM
Ronnie Van Zant's death in an airplane crash had the strongest impact on me personally.
Steve Gaines, the jumping guitar player and his sister, backup singer Cassie died also. I believe one other person died too. It really affected me because they were so young and full of life. The plane crashed in my home state of Mississippi. It crashed because they ran out of gas. Such a senseless lose of life that could so easily have been avoided. It was carelessness on the part of the charter company that caused this horrific crash. Lynyrd Skynyrd was a 'Southern rock' band and they made us proud. I still miss Ronnie.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 11:20 PM
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Ronnie Van Zant's death in an airplane crash had the strongest impact on me personally.
Steve Gaines, the jumping guitar player and his sister, backup singer Cassie died also. I believe one other person died too. It really affected me because they were so young and full of life. The plane crashed in my home state of Mississippi. It crashed because they ran out of gas. Such a senseless lose of life that could so easily have been avoided. It was carelessness on the part of the charter company that caused this horrific crash. Lynyrd Skynyrd was a 'Southern rock' band and they made us proud. I still miss Ronnie.


I hear ya, Ruth. When I read it in a Skynyrd book I bought I nearly fell off the chair I was sitting on.

Dean Kilpatrick was the other person who died. He was the road Manager of Skynyrd

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 11:31 PM
Two come to mind when I saw the thread:

1)-Stevie Ray Vaughn
I still remember hearing about this watching MTV-I think it was Kurt Loder giving the breaking news. Couldn't friggin' believe it-Chris Layton's account of what he remembered that day(it was on SRV's VH1 special) is haunting. He heard the news about the accident, but was unsure of the actual victims: he went to check up to see if Stevie was in the hotel room he was supposed to be staying at. When the room was empty, he knew SRV was gone.

2)-Layne Staley
I remember wondering why Alice in Chains would only release EP's-it was b/c they couldn't finish a full album mainly due to his drug addiction. Jar of Flies was supposed to be their greatest album-but was never fully completed. Rumors flew around about his "condition", and then AIC did a surprise Unplugged gig- his appearance was disturbing, to say the least. He basically rotted away, drop by drop, & there was nothing he, or his friends & loved ones could do about it.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 11:31 PM
Matt, Have you seen "Freebird The Movie" and the Tribute Tour with the reunion band? Outstanding.
I think I'll pull it out and play it now.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 11:34 PM

Without a doubt, losing Duane Allman was the worst trauma of my adult life.

I was tooling along in my VW bus with my college roommate, Dieter Fust, enjoying the unusual congruence of Atlanta's FM album rock station playing 4 or 5 Allman Brothers songs in a row -- I mean we were really digging it -- when the disc jockey broke in with the news that the Allman Brothers segment had been presented in honor of Duane Allman, who had died the day before.

I pulled over the bus and started shaking. Neither Dieter nor I could speak. It had to be some kind of awful mistake -- it couldn't be true!

For 14 years after that moment, I was unable to listen to ABB recorded music -- it was just too painful to hear Duane play the same notes over and over again ... when I had heard him play so many times no song was ever played the same way.

It wasn't until I discovered ABB bootleg tapes and began to collect Duane shows that I was finally able to cope with my sense of loss ...

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 11:43 PM
Well, while a good portion of my musical heroes died before their time, as far as the most personally upsetting, I'd have to go with somebody from my own generation, a dude just four days older than me, and a guy making music that I found head and shoulders above the grunge he was often lumped in with on the alt rock radio stations: Brad Nowell.







 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 12:08 AM
Buddy Holly.....just as his music was being discovered he was gone and there were no more songs......along with Richie Valens and the Big Bopper....the day the music died.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 12:16 AM
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I was Just wondering which Musician's Death Impacted you the most.

I've only been alive for 14 years and I haven't witnessed too many deaths (Jerry Died when I was 2). But from watching Various Documentarys/Programs, I think John Lennon's Death Hit Me the most. I dont know why. I think its because of what he stood for, as far as peace on earth. Plus, he was murdered, which makes it even more hainus. But again, that's just me.

Second Would Have to Be Either Duane Allman Or Lynyrd Skynyrd.




There are so many but The one that means the most to me was Robbin Crosby of Ratt. Robbin was so talented, personsonable, handsome, intelligent. His love for his fans was very obvious and he always took time out to sign autographs or take a picture. His guitar playing was top notch and so under rated. Unfortunately he was taken from us after a long battle with drug addiction. THe suffering he must have endured upsets me to this very day. RIP Robbin Crosby you are missed!!! RC.net loves you!! Marty

 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 12:32 AM
Jim Croce was the first one to hit me [1973] 14 years after buddy holly and 6 years after otis redding! as robbie robertson says "the road has taken some great ones!" also elvis was a shock! [just one of those people you thought would be around forever] there are guys older than he would be still on the road! [bb. king/ tony bennett] of course skynyrd and john lennon broke my heart.

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 12:33 AM
Jim Croce died when I was real young and I didn't know then how much his music would mean to me as my life continued. I'm bumming just typing this, so I think I'll put on Jim Croce Live: The Final Tour.

Those who had an immediate impact on me when hey were taken from us:

John Lennon - I was 11 years old when he was killed. My uncle, who was fourteen when the Beatles came to America, turned me on to them further back than I can remember. I called him, crying, when I heard the news that December day. He cried as well. We make it a point to talk every year on the anniversary of John's passing. We usually cry then, too.

Jerry Garcia - I only got turned on to Jerry and the Dead in the early '90s, but I got hooked hard and fast. I saw numerous shows leading up to 1995 and was planning to see the Dead in Boston at the end of the summer. What can I say, it was not to be.

I can't even elaborate on Elvis, Jimi, Janis and SRV

Man, this topic sucks.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 12:56 AM
That's interesting that at only 14 you took Lennon's death so hard. I'm 52 and without a doubt it was and always will be the hardest one for me of all the rock stars. I was sitting in a bar watching Monday Night Football with a friend when announcer Howard Cosell come on with the news. It was so unreal that it really was NOT yet real. Then I remember the next day waking up to the morning news and the reality of it set in. I just sat in front of the TV and cried. John just hit me more than the other Beatles. He had that biting, emotional voice that could really get to you. I lost my Mother at an early age; so did John Lennon. The Beatles' song "Julia" was written for her. One of the most beautiful Beatles songs ever, but somewhat hard for me to listen to. Just one example of many of what John could do to you. I just couldn't believe that some sicko had taken him from us all.


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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 01:06 AM
So far the hardest felt for me has been the death of Freddie Mercury(am STILL not over it, 16 years after the fact!!!!) The infinite sadness and loss I feel for that man is terrible. And also as others I've come to know and love and have heard of their passing.....
 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 01:09 AM
Nobody even comes close to the impact and sense of loss i felt when Rory Gallagher
left us in 1995. I named my son, who was born 4 month's later, after him.
The name was already picked in the month's prior to his death and was on top
of the "boy's name list". But after his death there just wasn't an option for another name
anymore. thankfully my girlfriend agreed.
The 12th of september when my son was born was the most joyious day of my life and i guess june the 14 was the saddest.

Long Live Rory Gallagher !!!!!

 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 01:21 AM
John Lennon.

I was watching the game with my dad when HC announced it on MNF. I had to leave the room
I couldn't believe it. first shock then tears.

it still sucks

 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 01:51 AM
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1)-Stevie Ray Vaughn
I still remember hearing about this watching MTV-I think it was Kurt Loder giving the breaking news. Couldn't friggin' believe it-Chris Layton's account of what he remembered that day(it was on SRV's VH1 special) is haunting. He heard the news about the accident, but was unsure of the actual victims: he went to check up to see if Stevie was in the hotel room he was supposed to be staying at. When the room was empty, he knew SRV was gone.



I was living in Madison, WI, (just a few block away from Lake Monona, the lake that claimed Otis Redding) at the time, not far from Alpine Valley when it happened. At the time, it was unclear who was on the plane; I recall Clapton played the same show and his crew was on the plane, but SRV took his seat or something like that. There was a rumor that Clapton was actually dead, but then it was confirmed that SRV was on the plane, which just made the whole thing even worse, as if that was possible.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 02:52 AM
The untimely death of Stevie Ray Vaughan 17 years ago today had the most impact on me. Woke up that morning saw it on the news, hit me like a ton of bricks. He was the reason I got into the blues, along with the likes of the ABB.
I remember the days Elvis died and Lennon got shot. Not as hard on me personally, but the impact in general was huge. They still get mentioned every year.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 04:35 AM
John Lennon...my oldest daughter was born in the early hours of December 9th, 1980, just a few hours after the news of John's death.
I remember walking out of the hospital after holding my daughter for the first time and hearing Strawberry Fields Forever playing at the nurses station.

Happy and Sad.

Duane's death also rocked me real hard.....the hopes and anticipation of what the future held for ABB was shattered at that moment.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 05:40 AM
RANDY RHOADS. Heard on the mid-day news when I was at a friends house on our way to Liverpool to hit the record stores. I sat stunned and then shed a tear. Just went home and reflected on what a talented guitarist he was (is) and that his life had been cut so cruely short.
 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 06:17 AM
I guess at the time John Lennon's hit me the hardest. I guess because he was murdered. I was 16 years old at the time of his death and had already been a Beatles fan and was just starting to discover John as a solo artist. I guess it made a big impact because we gave my 13 year old son Lennon for a middle name when he was born in '94.
 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 06:19 AM
FELIX PAPPALARDI, because he was such a great hero of mine, & the manner in which he died -- shot to death. Oh was I mad that day -- Gail you're a wonderful artist but I'll never forgive you.

Will never forget Nov. 12 1972 either, the day I heard of Berry's death -- very very upsetting. Duane's death hadn't hit me as hard just because I wadn't as royally into the band at that point.

John Lennon, needless to say

Would have to mention Clarence White and Gram Parsons, seems as though their passings were within months of each other in 1973.

Finally, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, whose terribly sad & premature passing was March 8, 1973 -- my 18th birthday

 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 06:19 AM
I got introduced to the ABB in 1974 , when I was 11 , so I knew that Duane & Berry had passed away already . I was hooked onto blues / rock right away . I always wondered what if...if they were still with us .
I got one of my friends into Johnny Winter when I went in the Air Force in the early 80's and he really appreciated it . Mick then introduced me to SRV . I was a huge fan right away . When I got out of the Air Force , the first concert I saw was SRV @ the CU event center from 5th row . Lonnie Mack started the show and was very good also . SRV was cookin' from the word go and the image that I still have is him playin' "Lenny" with his feet danglin' from the stage .
I was able to see him twice more - @ Red Rocks w/ Gregg Allman . What a show that was ! Gregg doing ABB material & solo stuff & then SRV ! His last encore of "Life Without You" like "Lenny" the first time seeing him is still an momemt I would never forget .
The third time out was w/ another of my favorites - Jeff Beck . SRV was on the "In Step" tour and Jeff was on "Guitar Shop" . 2 legends - great sets . SRV's take on "Riviera Paradise"was beautiful and the encore w/ Jeff on "Goin' Down" showed both having fun and jammin' on stage .
I remember listening to KSKY in Fort Collins on an August morning and hearing the DJ saying on the radio as I drove to work that 1 of Eric Clapton's helicopters was missing after the show from the previous night @ Alpine Valley . I kept thinking of Eric & his band from seeing them earlier on tour and hoping for the best . As I got to work and made my rounds as an Inspector I got back to the inspection room and "Pride & Joy is playin' & then "Couldn't Stand The Weather" came on . All of a sudden the DJ comes on and says with a somber voice "Dedicated to the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan" . I was devastated & couldn't talk , I just stared at the radio in disbelief . what a terrible loss . I got goose bumps just typing this . One of my co-workers actually asked why I was so upset and they couldn't believe how I could be upset over someone I never knew . I did , I lived through SRV's music and what an inspiration he was with the way he turned his life around from the booze and drugs , what a terrbile loss to the world . Some folks just don't get it . Rest in Peace SRV - your legend lives every day !

 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 07:04 AM
John Lennon, probably because he was murdered - making it a double shock.

The first one that was real tough for me was Berry Oakley. I had pretty much discovered the Allman Brother's on my own. When Duane died I was really just becoming interested in their music. That was a shot of bad news, but somehow I accepted it. When Berry died, almost exactly one year later, I was just blown away. I still remember that my brother and his friend came in the house and told me about it. I thought they were playing some kind of sick joke on me or something. So in a way, Berry's death was more of a shock to me than Duane's.

The music lives! Vive les Brers!

 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 07:50 AM
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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 07:52 AM
Stevie Ray had me hooked. I was heavy into SRV as he was the reason I started playing guitar. I remember like it was yesterday sitting at my desk and the news broke on the radio. I was stunned, in my early 20's and my hero just got killed. I'm so thankful to have seen him play at least once. SRV was truly special.

 

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