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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: The Real Deal: Greatest Hits Vol.1

1. Pride And Joy

2. Mary Had A Little Lamb

3. Texas Flood

4. Rude Mood

5. Couldn't Stand The Weather

6. Cold Shot

7. The Things (That) I Used To Do

9. Say What

10. Change It

11. Come On (Part III)

12. Life Without You

13. The House Is Rockin'

14. Crossfire

15. Tightrope

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Track List: The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble

Disc 1

1. Shake For Me (Live)

2. Rude Mood / Hide Away (Live)

3. Love Struck Baby

4. Pride And Joy

5. Texas Flood

6. Mary Had A Little Lamb

7. Lenny

8. Scuttle Buttin'

9. Couldn't Stand The Weather

10. The Things (That) I Used To Do

11. Cold Shot

12. Tin Pan Alley (Aka The Roughest Place In Town)

13. Give Me Back My Wig

14. Empty Arms

15. The Sky Is Crying (Live)

16. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (Live)

Disc 2

1. Say What!

2. Look At Little Sister

3. Change It

4. Come On (Part III)

5. Life Without You

6. Little Wing

7. Willie The Wimp (Live)

8. Superstition (Live)

9. Leave My Girl Alone (Live)

10. The House Is Rockin'

11. Crossfire

12. Tightrope

13. Wall Of Denial

14. Riviera Paradise

15. Telephone Song (The Vaughan Bros.)

16. Long Way From Home (The Vaughan Bros.

17. Life By The Drop

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Track List: 3 Pak: Texas Flood / Couldn't Stand The Weather / Soul To Soul

Disc 1

1. Love Struck Baby

2. Pride And Joy

3. Texas Flood

4. Tell Me

5. Testify

6. Rude Mood

7. Mary Had A Little Lamb

9. I'm Cryin'

10. Lenny

Disc 2

1. Scuttle Buttin'

2. Couldn't Stand The Weather

3. The Things (That) I Used To Do

4. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

5. Cold Shot

6. Tin Pan Alley

13. Come On (Part III)

Disc 3

1. Say What!

4. Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love

6. Change It

9. Come On (Part III)

10. Life Without You

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Track List: The Real Deal: Greatest Hits Volume 2

1. Love Struck Baby

2. Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love

3. Scuttle Buttin'

5. Lenny

6. Superstition (Live)

13. Leave My Girl Alone (Live)

15. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Taxman

2. Texas Flood

3. The House Is Rockin'

4. Pride and Joy

5. Tightrope

6. Little Wing

7. Crossfire

8. Change It

9. Cold Shot

10. Couldn't Stand the Weather

11. Life Without You

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Track List: In Step

1. The House Is Rockin'

2. Crossfire

3. Tightrope

9. Love Me Darlin'

12. The House Is Rockin' (Live)

14. Texas Flood (Live)

15. Life Without You (Live)

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Track List: Soul To Soul (Remaster)

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Track List: Couldn't Stand The Weather (Legacy Edition)

Disc 1

1. Scuttle Buttin'

2. Couldn't Stand The Weather

3. The Things (That) I Used To Do

4. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

5. Cold Shot

6. Tin Pan Alley (AKA Roughest Place In Town)

7. Honey Bee

8. Stang's Swang

9. Empty Arms

10. Come On (Pt. III)

11. Look At Little Sister

12. The Sky Is Crying

13. Hide Away

14. Give Me Back My Wig

15. Boot Hill

16. Wham

17. Close To You

18. Little Wing

19. Stang's Swang

Disc 2

1. Tesify (Live 1984)

2. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (Live At The Spectrum, Montreal, August 17 1984)

3. The Things (That) I Used To Do (Live At The Spectrum, Montreal, August 17 1984)

4. Honey Bee (Live At The Spectrum, Montreal, August 17 1984)

5. Couldn't Stand The Weather (Live At The Spectrum, Montreal, August 17 1984)

6. Cold Shot (Live At The Spectrum, Montreal, August 17 1984)

7. Tin Pan Alley (Aka Roughest Place In Town) (Live At The Spectrum, Montreal, August 17 1984)

8. Love Struck Baby (Live At The Spectrum, Montreal, August 17 1984)

9. Texas Flood (Live At The Spectrum, Montreal, August 17 1984)

10. Band Intros/Encores (Live At The Spectrum, Montreal, August 17 1984)

11. Stang's Swang (Live At The Spectrum, Montreal, August 17 1984)

12. Lenny (Live At The Spectrum, Montreal, August 17 1984)

13. Pride & Joy (Live At The Spectrum, Montreal, August 17 1984)

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Track List: Couldn't Stand The Weather

1. Scuttle Buttin'

2. Couldn't Stand The Weather

3. The Things (that) I Used To Do

4. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

5. Cold Shot

6. Tin Pan Alley

7. Honey Bee

8. Stang's Swang

9. SRV Speaks

10. Hide Away

11. Look At Little Sister

12. Give Me Back My Wig

13. Come On (Pt. III)

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Track List: Texas Flood (Legacy Edition)

Disc 1

1. Love Struck Baby

2. Pride And Joy

3. Texas Flood

4. Tell Me

5. Testify

6. Rude Mood

7. Mary Had A Little Lamb

8. Dirty Pool

9. I'm Cryin'

10. Lenny

11. Tin Pan Alley (AKA Roughest Place In Town) (1982 Version)

Disc 2

1. Testify (Live At Ripley's Music Hall, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 20, 1983)

2. So Excited (Live At Ripley's Music Hall, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 20, 1983)

3. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (Live At Ripley's Music Hall, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 20, 1983)

4. Pride And Joy (Live At Ripley's Music Hall, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 20, 1983)

5. Texas Flood (Live At Ripley's Music Hall, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 20, 1983)

6. Love Struck Baby (Live At Ripley's Music Hall, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 20, 1983)

7. Mary Had A Little Lamb (Live At Ripley's Music Hall, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 20, 1983)

8. Tin Pan Alley (Aka Roughest Place In Town) (Live At Ripley's Music Hall, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 20, 1983)

9. Little Wing / Third Stone From The Sun (Live At Ripley's Music Hall, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 20, 1983)

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Track List: Texas Flood

1. Love Struck Baby

2. Pride and Joy

3. Texas Flood

4. Tell Me

5. Testify

6. Rude Mood

7. Mary Had A Little Lamb

9. I'm Cryin'

10. Lenny

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I remember where I was Aug 27, 1990.
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oldfatnugly
AHHH Yes
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the man can play
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BEAUTIFUL!!!
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Glad to see everyone listening to the great
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willettchris 8
WOW
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jroka4393
like it
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I still remember where I was when I heard the news that Stevie had died! THAT WAS A BAD DAY! RIP SRV!
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doug89955
Lotsa imitators out there, but only ONE Stevie Ray! Long Live SRV!!!!
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Such a great talent
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It's awesome how his music still sound like it was only yesterday. Dirty Pool sounds like he released it day's ago. Just Awesome ��������
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Just simply awesome
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the blues guitar makes my mornings a little better fjhoover54
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Srv was the best , ever,
Even to this day, the best.
Soul, from his heart, and perfection.
What a bad a** guitarist, blues man!!
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robyngreeney e s
What are the most awesome guitar players of all time if not the awesomest
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stupid will die....you know who are.....
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micheals dog can do the boogie woogy
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Its rock and roll blues hypocrisy to list "Similar Artists" to SRV. An extraordinar y artist, simply the best, or in sports jargon, the GOAT.
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happygoat7
When it floods in Texas, SRV walks on water. Catch the statue in Austin.
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I'm getting to my first wife and are song is this house is a rocking
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He was and still my number blues singer and janisjoplin
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Brother Jimmie no slouch either but Stevie still #1
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I Still and Always Will Miss Stevie Ray Vaughn...R.l . P . ✝☮��
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Totally awesome this Jam is, pride and joy. Its was one of the earliest songs that turned me on to this awesome artist. Blues Master guitarist, Stevie Ray Vaughan. This song just totally rocks, it's Boogie Woogie blues at its finest! & from in my opinion, the best blues guitarist ever! Stevie Ray Vaughan, rest in peace. You are so missed, and your music shall live on in the annals of rock & blues music forever! Such a totally awesome musician Entertainer. Rock on!
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Julia p. Although. It's been. A lot of. Years. I still think about you. Yes life goes on ! But. I never new if I did or said something wrong ? You. Reminded me of a groupie ! Never told me why u. Dump me ! Very weird!!! Michael B
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Liked Stevie But if there truly is God. Why. Do so many gifted people die young. And the creeps seem to always. Stick around ? Look. At all the music people that died at 27 yrs.- old. 2 people in badfinger killed. Themselves!! ! ! Theworld Can sometimes be a sad place!!!☮☮☮☮
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Vaughn was an incredibly talented young musician. He absorbed Albert King and then made his own brand. Extraordinar y . I think he was the brightest talent the 80's had to offer but he would have even transcended that decade if not for a damn chopper!!
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Stevie was King
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❤❤❤❤❤❤
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I can remember the day Stevie died. I was laid up in a hospital bed after back surgery. The tears rolled down my cheeks.
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Srv ,one of the first person I put on Pandora. Can"t get enough of
It will be 4:00 in the morning. An iam outside playing his songs.
Walking around. One of the best
Players of all time.God bless you
Srv. Speedy from sfm.
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froysaldana9 I bet I was at the show you are talking about. Patriot Center at GMU. What hotel bar were you working at? I hit just about all of them back in the day.
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I had a chance to see SRV at what I believe was one of his last concerts at the Gorge at George, Wa. in July 1990.....I had a weeks vacation and a new boat , Man looking back do I regret ....
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ak090883
True soul and spirit of the individual or entity named the blues
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YEA I SEEN ".S.R.V.,,,& , , , B . B . K I N G
AT THE GREEK THEATER""MAN " "
BEST BLUE'S JAM'S I EVER SEEN
GOINGTO TELL MY GRAND KIDS!!
THATS IT THATS ALL YOU GET. . .

____________ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ B L U ' + ' . . .
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neofio59
Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you have been reading this, don't stop. If you ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When you are done and you press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen. It's freaky because it actually works
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I was there in 1990 on a hot summer night in Wisconsin when Stevie Played with Clapton Robert Cray and Buddy Guy. The most amazing music experience of my life. Stevie's sound and soul will live on forever. One of the greatest of all time. Paddy g Southcentral NC
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Can here srv's pain!
What a soulful dude!
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froysaldana9 : Wonderful tribute. Living just miles from the chopper crash, I was traveling so missed that concert. Because the losses occurred nearby, it seems strangely more personal. For many who attain celebrity and stardom, their fame is fleeting. But some achieve mastery and excellence as well, and their fame lives on as a legacy Tragedy is when the fame lives on but the life itself is fleeting. Sean Costello died (29) only a few years after I connected w/ him like you did with SRV.
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The master,
What a soul,
What a talent,
So gifted!!
The best blues man ever!!!
Ever
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I saw him play in Rockford Illinois in a old movie theater damm what a show
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Simply not enough superlatives .
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday on the level with them by the love of your life and tomorrow will be the greatest day of your life now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky but if you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck put this on 15 other songs and your crushes name will appear in big letters this is so creepy
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I love Stevie Ray Vaughan's version of Little Wing
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circa. 1987, I was a bouncer at a small bar below a hotel in Vienna Virginia...i n walks a strange man in a crazy hat and loud overcoat! Very out of place for Metro Wash D.C. He gave me tickets to his show that night. I had never heard of this guy, but I got off work to go see him. My jaw was on the floor all night! He was the most incredible live artist I had ever seen. His hat was tipped, head back and his eyes were closed the entire time he played! I cried when he when he was killed!
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One of the best to ever pick up a six string.
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Yes he was many of the best
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WOW! The man was the best!
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The lonely road hichhighken is time spent with the blues and homelessness would be tearing my soul apart if not for the soulful bending of strings
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