Jim Burns, co-creator of MTV Unplugged, passed away this week at the age of 65 from injuries resulting from being accidentally hit by a taxi cab in Manhattan.
Burns, along with Robert Small, created the iconic performance show that ran on-and-off from 1989-1999 and 2000-2009, with various specials cropping up since 2009. During this time, MTV Unplugged provided fans with some of the most memorable performances by our favorite acts. In honor of Burns’ life, here are six of the most memorable MTV Unplugged performances from classic rock artists.
Clapton’s Unplugged performance was released as a proper album in 1992 and has gone on to sell over 26 million copies worldwide. It would also nab the GRAMMYs for Album of the Year and Best Rock Song for the acoustic rendition of “Layla.” Of course, we’d be remiss in not mentioning the Unplugged version of “Tears in Heaven,” which remains devastatingly moving to this day.
Another incredible Unplugged performance that was also released as an LP, Stewart’s appearance on the show also featured former Faces bandmate Ronnie Wood and marked the first time in about two decades they shared the stage together.