Footage: SRV Rips "Cold Shot" in '85 â€“ 12 Months Before Rehab
SRVÂ steeped himself in rock, jazz, and of course, the blues. His influencesÂ included legendary bluesmen like Buddy Guy, Howlin' Wolf, Albert King, B.B. King, Freddie King, Otis Rush and Muddy Waters. Stevie was also heavily influenced by rock musicians likeÂ Jimi Hendrix, Chuck BerryÂ and Lonnie Mack.
Rolling Stone ranked SRV #12 on its list of greatest guitarists of all time. Tragically, he would die in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990, at the tender age of 35.
In the footage below, we get a glimpse of Stevie Ray in the fall of 1985 as his decade-long dependency onÂ cocaine and alcohol was reaching its apex. Reportedly, at the height of hisÂ addiction in 1986, StevieÂ drankÂ a quart of whiskey and ingestedÂ a quarter ounce of cocaine everyÂ day. And if that sounds like a lot, that's because it is.
Vaughan's personal assistant, Tim Duckworth, remembers:Â "I would make sure he would eat breakfast instead of waking up drinking every morning, which was probably the worst thing he was doing."
InÂ September of 1986 â€“ one year after the performance (below) â€“ SRV became deathly ill followingÂ a performance in Germany with his band Double Trouble. He was takenÂ to the London Clinic where he was treated for extreme dehydration. When he returned to the United States a week later, he checked himself into rehab at the Peachford Hospital in Atlanta. He left the facility clean and sober.