KFIX Rock News: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood, Others Featured In PBS Special

A special featuring highlights from a star-studded concert celebrating the 1989 inauguration of President George H.W. Bush will premiere on PBS stations starting on March 1.

A Celebration of Blues & Soul: The 1989 Inaugural Concert boasts never-before-seen footage from the event, which included performances by Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood, Sam Moore, Bo Diddley, Billy Preston, Willie Dixon, Dr. John and Percy Sledge, among many others.

The show was organized and hosted by Bush adviser Lee Atwater, the then-chairman of the Republican National Committee who also was a blues aficionado and guitar player.

The video and audio from the concert had been thought lost for nearly 20 years, until they were rediscovered about six years ago.  The video footage has been restored and converted to high-definition, while the audio has been remixed and remastered in the 5.1 format.

Among the many interesting performances from the show are Moore’s rendition of the Sam & Dave classic “Soul Man,” Dr. John’s playing his hit “Right Place, Wrong Time,” Bo Diddley performing his signature tune “Hey! Bo Diddley” with Wood, a version of “Hoochie Coochie Man” by Dixon and fellow blues great Albert Collins and a lengthy segment featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan and several guest musicians.

Other music luminaries who also perform during the concert include Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, Delbert McClinton and Booker T & the MG’s members Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn.

In a statement about the special, Joyce Moore, one of the show’s original producers, says, “This broadcast of the concert originally called ‘A Celebration for Young Americans’ is especially significant because it contains truly magnificent performances from brilliant American icons we have since lost — Billy Preston, Willie Dixon, Albert Collins, Bo Diddley, Duck Dunn, Lafayette Leake and Stevie Ray Vaughan.  It was an honor and the thrill of a lifetime to have been part of and associated with this inaugural event when it occurred in 1989.”

In conjunction with the network’s March pledge drive, PBS will be offering viewers the chance to buy a DVD of the special that includes bonus footage.

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