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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
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Selected Discography

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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 Chile (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: 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

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

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. SRV Speaks

12. Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)

13. Testify (Live)

14. Mary Had A Little Lamb (Live)

15. Wham (Live)

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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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Love the blues long live srv
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djkillmer
Saw SRV at Great Woods in MA in '87. Best concert I've ever attended. RIP Stevie....
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Well said, beltoffr
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saw Stevie play at SDSU amphitheatre . I had been clean and sober about 6 months. Mid set he started talking about how good it felt to play clean and sober. I was so blown away. It made me feel good about myself and the universe. I have been clean and sober for almost 30 yrs now. Rest in peace Stevie
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This good good good good good believe me I've Ben there and back this old man says lets get a long together dam
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What dam good
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Just kidding life is ?
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I have a cassette that is Stevie Vaughn and Double Trouble live at Steamboat in Austin. It's great!!!
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Stevie Ray; I can hear you singing and that
Guitar����An o t h e r soul taken away too
Soon���� love in heart for you in my heart
Forever..... R i p My Sweet Stevie❤️
Katherine
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Rock and roll work it sweet
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Stevie and Angus my favorite guitar players of all time
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What a great talent! Really do miss that incredible guitar. Thankfully, we can always listen to the music. Thanks Stevie! RIP
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The first time I ever heard the blues it was Stevie Ray. It was the best sound that I fell in love with. It's a sound we will never hear again love you Stevie Ray !!!!!
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avocadolemon
I heard an excellent guitarist talking about him and never forgot what he said: Stevie plays a fluid line all the way through every song--almost all guitarists pause between phrases, you can hear them think--very very tough to do what Stevie did (and Jimi Hendrix too) . . . no pauses . . . almost always a fluid line all the way through. Floored when I first heard him in 83. Still amazing every time I hear him. That sound that just flows and tone that grabs your soul.
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Never forget Stevie Ray Vaughan. He was one of the best.
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I was at his funeral. Stevie was a sweet soul with tons of talent and blistering fingers. Love you bro.
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I was lucky enough to see him in the valley. He was awesome, 2 and half hour show no trick lighting just jamming. The way it should be.
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M. F. Can play!!
Magic Fingers!!
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reverendceo
The one, the only SRV. You're top shelf brother.
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THE HOUSE IS ROCKIN! STEVIE SURE COULD MAKE THE HOUSE ROCK!
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Never saw him but he was and still is an awesome guitarist ,his music hits u and drives u to your knees
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A TRUE LEGEND. Gone far too soon, he was amazing to see live.
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poppa_bear49
THE ONE AND ONLY!!!!!
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I was lucky enough to see SRV before he passed away... Totally blew everyone away....
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no led ni jimi
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Blues is the basis of all modern music from the 50's to the present, always has been, always will be. Praise the Lord for the Blues!
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F**kin a
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oceanluver20 0 9
SRV! Love his music! Gone too soon.....
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❤️ SRV!!!
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This is rock and roll how should be
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Dam all night
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As his brother said "Stevie dosent play it the same way once, let alone twice"
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Sorry about that. The special I saw. Was outstanding .If he had lived, man what it could have been
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The special was
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Pipe line! Beautiful By Stevie Ray Vaughan!
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So good true master
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Essential for my soul
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He's my favorite , thanks to Pandora we get to enjoy his music every day. Sadly missed
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the best .........
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BEST BLUES GUITARIST EVER!!! STEVIE RAY VAUGHN!!! RIP!!!
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Far and away the best guitarist of all time in my book. As someone who plays, even the simplest sounding songs are incredibly difficult at times. Amazing guitarist. Sad he went so young... Who knows what he could've produced
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Why do they think that drug's make them play better. This guy didn't need to
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Just sitting here and listening. O my God. What greatnes
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We miss you, Stevie.
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michaeljstei n e r 6
Was lucky enough to see Steve several nights before his untimely death in Detroit. Also lucky to see his brother Jimmie do 6 strings down. Miss you brother.
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Sorry I never seen him on stage greatest blues ever
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STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN...BL U E S KING!!! Taken from us much too Soon...RIP, SRV - You're Loved, Admired & Missed! Nobody comes close to You!
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pavedrvr
Good stuff. One of my favorites
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GOOD, GOOD, TIMES---- SWEET, SWEET, MEMORIES,;); ) ; ) ; ) ; ) ; ) WHAT I CAN REMEMBER ANYWAY;););) ; ) L O L
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reverendceo
You left us too soon Mr Vaughn; I'll see you in heaven someday.
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