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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 Vaughn's rendition of Little Wing is probably my favorite of his works.
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jon_choboy
was 16 and heard SRV on the radio live at the tralfamadore café in buffalo. Immediately went and bought texas flood and was lucky enough to see him play live 3 times. The last being 1985 at the University of Buffalo Spring festival (it was free). Was shaken badly as I drove back to graduate school in Massachusett s from break and the guy came on the radio and said they weren't sure if it was him or Cray that died. Tragic loss.
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tbrennen1001
Stevie, BB, and Albert are playing together now.
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This Dude Can Play
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One of his best r.i.p
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Got to see srv in concert. Blew me away. Have not recovered. Want to keep it that way. Rip brother. You have no idea how missed you are. Hope you're listening.
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Admire S.R.V., so VERY much. Today your godfather, B.B. can retire Lucille and join you.
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I hear ya vettez06505! ! ! ! !
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vettez06505
I love SRV, RIP brother, keep playing guitar for the Lord. Too bad you just can't come back for one minute and show these fake a** posing artists today what real music and guitar sounds like. Your better off up there in Heaven cause the music down here is Hell. In the words of one of your idols and guitar influences Jimi Marshal Hendrix...Be Cool!
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Fall on your knees!!!
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sahweise
TEXAS !!!!!!
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SRV!!!! Saw him live in Austin...
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Love me some, Stevie Ray
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STEVIE RAY VAUGHN...GON E BUT NOT 4GOTTEN! REST IN PEACE...ROCK N ROLL 4EVER...PEAC E . . .
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randalljspea r y
feel the music deep my soul
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There is no song that SVR wrote and played that I dislike. I love all of his songs. Rest In Peace, Stevie Ray Vaughn. Way too young to die. Only the Best Die Young!!
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Every song that SRV wrote and played is awesome. There is no song that I do not dislke. RIP Steve Ray Vaughn. Only the Best die Young.
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I used to see Stevie and little Charlie at liberty lunch beer garden For $1on Tuesdays. Those where the days.
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yuckadee2000
I miss him...I heard him on David Bowie's Let's Dance and didn't even know who he was at that time. He was incredible. Saw Live at the El Macambo Incredible! Stevie and Jimi, So missed, so much. I loved those two. The best everrrrrr!!! ! ! R.I.P. Guys.
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Nice
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My fav guitarist, an inspiration.
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My fav SVR song.
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He still does in my home.
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I love me some SRV jam. I saw him in 1988. He caused a power failure at the beginning of the show when he hit the wah-wah pedal at the start of Say What. It took an hour for the power to be restored. When he came back out, he played a blistering 2 1/2 hour set. I've been to a lot of concerts in my day and I've seen a lot of great guitar players including Clapton & Van Halen, but none of them were as good as SRV. Rave on Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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milehigh54
Saw Stevie 2 weeks before he died, in Denver. WOW WOW WOW RIP and hope your still Pickin & Grinnin!!!!!
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wannaroq
Hell ya!
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Get in The Grove :-)
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larrymartins o n
Saw Stevie open for a concert blew the headliner away. miss him so much. RIP
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Stevie Ray VAUGHAN. AWSOME.
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Clapton Rocks!!!!!
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I HATE Clapton
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if only we could al leave a legacy like him
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Stevie Ray, Jimi jammin in the sky. We will never forget your talent.
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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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