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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: The Sky Is Crying

1. Boot Hill

2. The Sky Is Crying

3. Empty Arms

4. Little Wing

5. Wham

6. May I Have A Talk With You

7. Close To You

8. Chitlins Con Carne

9. So Excited

10. Life By The Drop

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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

9. I'm Cryin'

10. Lenny

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

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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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Let's Ride!
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Too gifted for this world
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Change It ❤️damn so sexy ... Aww sooo missed SRV
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Perfect Sunday music, miss him so...
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Love it to death! Miss you Stevie.
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Gone to soon
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I'm Cryin, Missing You..R.I.P. SRV .......:'(
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Stevie Ray Vaughan was one of kind and will never be replaced the mold is shattered
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Yess
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R.I.P. SRV I enjoy the gifts you bestowed upon us before you returned!
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Makes me sad to think of him when his music comes on and then I just get lost in his magic....A gentle giant in blues. Miss you Stevie. Melody
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Love this artist ! He puts his music in you heart and soul
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Nobody ever was, nor will they ever be, Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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I was able to see Stevie live a few times before he died. Some of the best blues I ever heard!! Still gives me goosebumps!! RIP my brother!!
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Love this man playing for Jesus in heaven
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Check out Texas Flood...awes o m e tribute band with Tommy Katana channeling Stevie! Watch their show in Dallas area all the time....unbe l i e v a b l e !
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Come by
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sometime.
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Still the best.
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Every time he comes on, there's only one thing to do. ... shut up and jam. So.....
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I can tell by the first two notes that it's Stevie Ray bringing me one of his iconic tunes. I'm sorry we won't have any more of this genius. Keep playing more of his tunes Pandora and I will be your friend for life!
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Great song about a guy trying to get home to his lady!!
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Tearin it up
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If 6 was 9
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If
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God I miss you everyday SRV
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The Fabulous Thunderbirds with Jimmie Lee, Stevie Ray and Double Trouble, and The Who at the Cotton Bowl.
Memphis in May lineup with Ray Charles the rainy night before, KC and the Sunshine Band, Gunbunnies, Stevie Ray Vaughan's fingers were moving so fast to the riverfront swelter..... .
My friends at Alpine Valley to see The Who and The Grateful Dead at Alpine Valley the week before, and that was 1990.
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Thank You David Orr for your service to this country!!!!! God Bless You and Yours. O:-)
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Me Tooo, I wish I had gotten to see him...R.I.P. SRV,your music lives on in us........:- : - * O:-) ;-)
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Every time I hear him play I tear up again...
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Did I ever tell yas bout the time I hitch hiked to Tussa Okla and planned on sneakin in the back door?..Just only 2 c SVR? anyways I did and started unloadin crates into the back door of the Brady Theatre...fi n a l l y Stevie showed up and I quit what I was doin and walked over to him and said Stevie, it's very nice to met ya..He just looked at me and stuck out his hand to mine...my Gawd to this day ..never have I felt a stronger handshake... . . L a t e r on they physically threw me out..
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I can only wished to have jammed with these two!!!
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saw him in the front row at the Duquoin fair in southern Illinois..me s m e r i z i n g all he did was jam and smile he knew I was captivated miss him every day
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The best ever!!!
Srv had a soul that moved people!!
An amazing gift!!
We are blessed to hear him, and feel how shares his soul!
Rip brother!!��
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Check out a guy named Harley Hamm from Oklahoma. He does a Stevie Tribute. Wears the same hat made by the same hatmaker. He supposedly does a strong imitation of his idol.
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I believe he was the first major opening act at Mt.St.Mary's Knott Arena in Emmitsburg Md, sat in 3rd row, one awesome show by an awesome electric bluesman.JR.
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One BADASS WHITE BOY!��
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I'll get the spelling and structure of my sentence is better I work on it I really should stop making comments for a while
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S**t I'm higher then sky above this song make so nice I swear I can feel his music going me
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It's easy to mistake him for Jimmie Hendricks
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Wonderful song reminds me of my party's that kicked a** with music playing work 9
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but kma did...sheesh

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lol..ever time I try to leave a comment it never goes through
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Saw him in Austin TX. Can the man play the blues. If one cannot connect with stevie. They is dead or just has not lived. Nuff said.
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I love albert king too
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Brings me back to a special time in my life. Live and Love the blues. And this artist made you feel every inch of his talents.
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Consider how he would have developed in music a full life of music special







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