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Stevie Ray Vaughan

With his astonishingly accomplished guitar playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan ignited the blues revival of the '80s. Vaughan drew equally from bluesmen like Albert King, Otis Rush, and Muddy Waters and rock & roll players like Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack, as well as the stray jazz guitarist like Kenny Burrell, developing a uniquely eclectic and fiery style that sounded like no other guitarist, regardless of genre. Vaughan bridged the gap between blues and rock like no other artist had since the late '60s. For the next seven years, Stevie Ray was the leading light in American blues, consistently selling out concerts while his albums regularly went gold. His tragic death in 1990 only emphasized his influence in blues and American rock & roll.

Born and raised in Dallas, Vaughan began playing guitar as a child, inspired by older brother Jimmie. When he was in junior high school, he began playing in a number of garage bands, which occasionally landed gigs in local nightclubs. By the time he was 17, he had dropped out of high school to concentrate on playing music. Vaughan's first real band was the Cobras, who played clubs and bars in Austin during the mid-'70s. Following that group's demise, he formed Triple Threat in 1975. Triple Threat also featured bassist Jackie Newhouse, drummer Chris Layton, and vocalist Lou Ann Barton. After a few years of playing Texas bars and clubs, Barton left the band in 1978. The group decided to continue performing under the name Double Trouble, which was inspired by the Otis Rush song of the same name; Vaughan became the band's lead singer.

For the next few years, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble played the Austin area, becoming one of the most popular bands in Texas. In 1982, the band played the Montreux Festival and their performance caught the attention of David Bowie and Jackson Browne. After Double Trouble's performance, Bowie asked Vaughan to play on his forthcoming album, while Browne offered the group free recording time at his Los Angeles studio, Downtown; both offers were accepted. Stevie Ray laid down the lead guitar tracks for what became Bowie's Let's Dance album in late 1982. Shortly afterward, John Hammond, Sr. landed Vaughan and Double Trouble a record contract with Epic, and the band recorded its debut album in less than a week at Downtown.

Vaughan's debut album, Texas Flood, was released in the summer of 1983, a few months after Bowie's Let's Dance appeared. On its own, Let's Dance earned Vaughan quite a bit of attention, but Texas Flood was a blockbuster blues success; receiving positive reviews in both blues and rock publications, reaching number 38 on the charts, and crossing over to album rock radio stations. Bowie offered Vaughan the lead guitarist role for his 1983 stadium tour, but he turned him down, preferring to play with Double Trouble. Vaughan and Double Trouble set off on a successful tour and quickly recorded their second album, Couldn't Stand the Weather, which was released in May of 1984. The album was more successful than its predecessor, reaching number 31 on the charts; by the end of 1985, the album went gold. Double Trouble added keyboardist Reese Wynans in 1985, before they recorded their third album, Soul to Soul. The record was released in August 1985 and was also quite successful, reaching number 34 on the charts.

Although his professional career was soaring, Vaughan was sinking deep into alcoholism and drug addiction. Despite his declining health, Vaughan continued to push himself, releasing the double live album Live Alive in October of 1986 and launching an extensive American tour in early 1987. Following the tour, Vaughan checked into a rehabilitation clinic. The guitarist's time in rehab was kept fairly quiet, and for the next year Stevie Ray and Double Trouble were fairly inactive. Vaughan performed a number of concerts in 1988, including a headlining gig at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and wrote his fourth album. The resulting record, In Step, appeared in June of 1989 and became his most successful album, peaking at number 33 on the charts, earning a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Recording, and going gold just over six months after its release.

In the spring of 1990, Stevie Ray recorded an album with his brother Jimmie, which was scheduled for release in the fall of the year. In the late summer of 1990, Vaughan and Double Trouble set out on an American headlining tour. On August 26, 1990, their East Troy, WI, gig concluded with an encore jam featuring guitarists Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, and Robert Cray. After the concert, Stevie Ray boarded a helicopter bound for Chicago. Minutes after its 12:30 a.m. takeoff, the helicopter crashed, killing Vaughan and the other four passengers. He was only 35 years old.

Family Style, Stevie Ray's duet album with Jimmie, appeared in October and entered the charts at number seven. Family Style began a series of posthumous releases that were as popular as the albums Vaughan released during his lifetime. The Sky Is Crying, a collection of studio outtakes compiled by Jimmie, was released in October of 1991; it entered the charts at number ten and went platinum three months after its release. In the Beginning, a recording of a Double Trouble concert in 1980, was released in the fall of 1992 and the compilation Greatest Hits was released in 1995. In 1999, Vaughan's original albums were remastered and reissued, with The Real Deal: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 also appearing that year. 2000 saw the release of the four-disc box SRV, which concentrated heavily on outtakes, live performances, and rarities. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Stevie Ray, Jimi jammin in the sky. We will never forget your talent.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 day. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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It would have been a better world with alll the great bands I think
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Ausom
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GREAT
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Texas blues one of the best WOW
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lived in Seattle Jimi Hendrix played in the park. May he rest in peace knowing we love him.
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I love love srv
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Riviera Paradise has got to be one of the all time greatest pantie dropper songs ever. Case in point: '16 Candles'...
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Being from Dallas I was lucky enough to see him play at local clubs
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What passion SRV put into his music! Never get tired of listening to his creations! Thank you Thomas Edison for your ability to make recordings.. . w i t h o u t you......we would not be able to enjoy these awesome creations!
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Stevie Ray. Albert King Jimi Hendrix Eric Clapton, rock my world. by far all the greatest. Led Zeppelin ten years after, seeing them all live years and years ago still drive me and drive me crazy. oh yeah.
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I've been listening to SRV since I was in my early 20's and I'm 50 now...his music never gets old!!!!
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loving SRV on Buckethead Radio !!!! saw him in the '80s. soooo awesome.
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Had the good fortune to hear Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan both play live in interment settings. Hendrix was in a world of his own, but I do believe Stevie Ray Vaughan could have held his own.
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My purty little thang psmallone... s a n antone texas
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Can't get much better than this;)
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“IF I GET HER IN MY SIGHTS’ dkenney1958
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jamieb12871
Thought it was...As VIN would say "A REAL BAAAD JOKE"...u know those (#)degrees of separation.. . w e l l SRV was my guitar-playi n g idol,DARRELL was my older buddy that amazed,&Iron Maiden's
BRUCE DICKINSON(ye s I heard it from u windy...t y g) who was my first"holy sh*t!"
Singer of favorite band(1st I ever sought 2 meet/&did)ha d cancer???wtf is n store 4 me(maybe Burton's w/o BN famous)
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toddsliberto
RIP Stevie You were and always will be the BEST!!!! You lived Life by the Drop and Put a Texas Flood in my Heart with your music. Rock on in Heaven!!!
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dkenney1958: just realized was probably yappin to much!!!! Apologies to All!!! just got my MacBook Air from Santa!!! when i Realized i Was Able to talk Blues W/Other Blues-peeps i got most likely got carried Away!!!!!!!!
I am certain that a significant Group of u good folks suffer from C.T.B;Z OR R. C.O.P. & I 2 = CANT TALK BLUESZZ OR ROCK!! COUNTRY
ONLY PLEASE!! AND (OF COURSE) AMER. IDOL 2!!!! “F-THAT B.S.!!!
PEACE U GUYS!!! AGAIN SORRY 4 YAPPIN!!!
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CONTINUED: FOR MR. RM MARTINEZ!! SECOND D.V.D. RUMOUR HAS IT THE BAND RETURNED SOBER!!!! & PRETTYY MUCH BLEW THE “F-IN” JOINT UP!!!!!!! THAT I BELIEVE IS THE P.B.S. (CHANNEL 2,
44, ET.C. SHOW THAT IS THE MOST REQUESTED SHOW EVA!!!!!!!!
ALSO ON D.V.D.!!!!! PEACE-BRO!!! ! ! dkenney1958
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MR. RMICHAELMART I N E Z : S.R.V. SANG DUDE!!!! IF YA CAN GO ON OUT & GIT YURSELF THE DVD S.R.V. @ AUSTIN CITY!!!!! I BELIEVE IT IS STILL THE MOST REQUESTED P.B.S. SHOW BY FANS
THRU-OUT OUR BELOVED U.S.OF A.!!!!! HIS VOCALS ON “TIN PAN ALLEY & VOODILE CHILE WILL ROCK YOUR SOUL BROTHER!!! ALSO
I MIGHT HAVE 2 B CORRECTED ON THIS ONE!!!, BUT STEVIE DID 2
SHOWS(DVDS) FROM A.C.L. THE FIRST BEING WHEN HE & THE
BASSIST WHERE ALL” F-ED” UP ON BOOZE & THE WHITE LADY OF
DEATH!!! SECOND SHOW(DVD)
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SRV HAS GOT TO BE THE BEST MUSICIAN THAT EVER LIVED.R.I.P.
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FYI he never sang . Best musicians ever . He didn't need to sing . But when he did it was bad A** . Love stevy God bless your soul! Bro
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THE BEST EVER !!!!!!!
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Pride and Joy.. and Life Without You!!! I got the blues baby
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sahweise
TEXAS!!
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sahweise
RIP
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MR. CHARLESBORDE L O N 1 9 4 4 : U SEEM LIKE A FINE YOUNG WELL INFORMED YOUNG MAN!!!! CAN I THROW THIS ONE @ YA? (THINK
HE @ ONE TIME WAS A LOCAL BOY{BOSTON AREA}
BOOM BOOM OUT GO THE LIGHTS!!! PROBABLY 2 EASY FOR
YOU SIR!!!! dkenney1958
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QUIZ TIME: (BESIDES JIMI HENDRIX!) RIPPIN GUITAR DUDE!!!
ALSO LIKE JIMI H. PLAYS LEFTIE, UPSIDE DOWN, RIGHTIE
STRAT!!! DIRECTLY RELATED TO MAIN MAN OF DOUBLE
TROUBLE!!! I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THIS ?? SHOULD BE
ANSWERED IN A MATTER OF MINUTES!!, WITH ALL YOU
GUITAR MADMEN OUT THERE!!!! dkenney1958 P.S. & ALL U
GUITAR MADWOMEN TOO!!! GOD FORBID I DO NOT INCLUDE
THE LADIES!!! P.S.S. HIS GOD GIVEN NAME MANIACS!!!
dkenney1958
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Bring It On Home
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Your the Best
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Pick That Tune Stevie Ray Vaughan Kill that Guitar
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This Dude can oick a tune . He's Good Bro
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dkenney1958 F.Y.I. FOUND A VERSION DONE BY BUDDY GUY!!!
SMOKIN!!! ALSO S.R.V. W/JOHN COPELAND(NOT TO FAMILIAR
MR. COPELAND, BUT THEY CERTAINLY PLAY VERY WELL
TOGETHER)!!! AND CHRIST ALMIGHTY FORGIVE ME FOR
OVERLOOKIN BUDDY!!!! KENNY W. SHEPPARD(GOI N BACK @
LEAST 5+ - YEARS AGO!!) PUT OUT A KICK A** DVD/CD COMBO
W/SEVERAL OLD TIME BLUESMEN,LOS T IT!!!! (A MUST HAVE!!)
HE GOES OUT & FINDS, WHATS LEFT OF CHICAGO, MISSISSIPPI
DELTA,ETC. BLUES DUDES INTERVIEWS & IN SOME OR MOST
CASES JAMS!
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Hey f**k yep yep stevie ray can play his white boy a** off just white boy with black soul hell hey that's music right there
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? ALL U GUITAR MANIACS!! NEVA SAW HIM!,(GOOD GOD HOW I WISH I DID!!!!) VOODO CHILE!! SAW KENNY W. SHEPPARD DO IT LIVE, JOHNNY LANG TOO!!! BOTH RIPPED IT!!! FAR AS I KNOW JIMMY PAGE HAS NO RECORDED VERSION?? DON’T KNOW BOUT THE REST OF THE GEETAR MADMEN!,(J. HENDRIX EXCLUDED!!)
QUESTIONS?,C O M M E N T S ! ! ! ? ? dkenney1958 p.s. CAN’T WAIT TO MEET UP W/S.R.V. & MY MOM!!!! PEACE!!!
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Love stevie ray vaughn and my pandora radio
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He may be gone, but his music will live on forever
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A guitar legend.
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Need to hear Tick Tock People Time is ticking on
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Stevie Ray ZZ TOP Johnny Winter Edgar Winter Jimmy Vaughan pure Texans adopted Texans Steve Miller Trapeze Ten Years After Alvin Lee
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jim939c1
Will always be the best ! Stevie is playing for God now!! Rest in peace Stevie
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Reminiscent from childhood... Lol such a grand appreciation to the forefathers of blues even to this day of ideological irregulariti e s . . . Sorry enigmatic comment! Fyi
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SRV made a comment.
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One of the best, ever
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I seen him a few times he killed it everytime... Saw him open up for the Who once.... What a show at the Astrodome...
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I never got to see him.it like missing my best friend and I'll always have love for him in my heart. Charlie hot mud Williams
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Stevie Ray Vaughan Great Artist . Bro
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