Stevie Ray Vaughan

One of the mainstream American artists who helped shape the blues genre is Stephen Ray Vaughan more commonly known to his many fans as Stevie Ray Vaughan. Stevie was born on October 3, 1954, and died a tragic death in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990. He was only 35 at the time of his death. Despite his relatively short career, this multitalented American, singer, songwriter, and producer became one of the main artists to influence the return of the blues back in the 80’s generation. His rhythmic struts gained him worldwide attention as one of the best guitarists of the blue’s genre.

Stevie was born in Dallas, Texas, and quickly picked up the guitar at an early age. He devoted himself to his music and played numerous gigs with a number of bands in the 70’s and continued this for a number of years. In the early 80’s, touring with his own band, Triple Threat Revue, which became the band Double Trouble, Stevie played at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982, and he later released his album Texas Flood in 1983. His first album hit number 38 on the charts and sold over 500,000 copies. Unfortunately, he hit the bottle and after several years up and down, he became sober. His career really took off in the later 80’s when he toured with heavy weights Jeff Beck and Joe Cocker.

While his musical career was short, he received many music awards. He was voted the best new talent in 1983 and Entertainer of the Year in 1984. Over his musical career Stevie Vaughn won six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in year 2000. Many would say that Stevie Vaughan’s sound was unique and inspired by his American roots and British blues sound.

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