SRV Should Be in the Hall of Fame

RECEIVED Thu., May 11, 2006

Dear sir/madame,
    Why isn't Stevie Ray Vaughan a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
    He gave so much to music by exposing the world to a new sound that entertained many diversified musical tastes. He single-handedly started a revolution by bringing the blues to the forefront at a time when the Eighties was epitomized by groups like Flock of Seagulls.
    Stevie had been playing guitar since age 8. He started the band Double Trouble, becoming an overnight success. Even great blues players like B.B. King were impressed by his soulful sounds, passionate performances that enveloped you with his grimaces and electricity, shooting from his guitar and gravelly voice into your soul.
    When he sang "Life Without You,” stopped midsong just to talk to fans about how he conquered addictions, asking them not to do drugs, to love one another and ending his speech with "are you with me?," the audience went wild. Lives changed forever, including my own. He risked his "coolness" to help others through his music. A task no other artist can claim.
    He was more than a great musician. He was a good man. He was humble, modest, and kind. He was reborn, gave himself to God, and against all odds managed to quit alcoholism and drug abuse in 1986 because he wanted to keep playing his music to make us all happy.
    On Aug. 27, 1990 the angels took Stevie Ray home. It's time for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to recognize and honor his legacy. YouTube.com has tons of videos, including comments by fans and musicians who were inspired.
    Please do your part to get Stevie Ray Vaughan inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's up to all of us to thank him.
Rosana Modugno
Saint Petersburg, Fla.
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