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Stevie Ray Vaughan
Born: October 3, 1954 in Dallas, Te
Died: August 27, 1990 in East Troy, Wi
Active: '70s, '80s, '90s Major
Styles: Modern Electric Texas Blues, Texas Blues, Electric Texas Blues
Instrument: Guitar (Electric), Guitar Representative
Albums: "In Step", "Greatest Hits", "Texas Flood/Couldn't Stand the Weather" Representative
Songs: "Pride and Joy", "Texas Flood", "Cold Shot"

UPC Type Title
886972027128 (i) CD Best of Stevie Ray Vaughan
886979065024 (i) CD Best of Stevie Ray Vaughan
886978758224 CD Blues at Sunrise
888837150927 CD Couldn't Stand the Weather
886975594320 CD Couldn't Stand the Weather (Legacy Edition)
4571191051127 (i) CD Couldn't Stand the Weather
5099749413023 (i) CD Couldn't Stand the Weather
090771530417 Vinyl Couldn't Stand the Weather
5060149620175 Vinyl Couldn't Stand the Weather
8713748980603 (i) Vinyl Couldn't Stand the
696998642324 CD Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
886973098622 CD Essential 3.0
4547366008470 (i) CD Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan
5099751001928 (i) CD Essential
888837151221 CD In Step
4571191051097 (i) CD In Step
5099749413221 (i) CD In Step (Millennium)
886977161025 CD In the Beginning
4547366046083 (i) CD In the Beginning (& Double Trouble)
886919861129 CD Live Alive
5099746683924 (i) CD Live Alive
886977161223 CD Live at Carnegie Hall
696998615120 CD Live at Montreux 1982 & 1985
827969282922 CD Live at Montreux 1982 & 1985
074645863092 DVD Live at Montreux 1985 & 1985
5099720233398 (i) DVD Live at Montreux 1982 & 1985
074644911190 DVD Live at the El Mocambo
074645013091 DVD Live From Austin Texas
5099720181699 (i) DVD Live From Austin Texas
886972665528 CD Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues
888837198424 CD Original Album Classics
881482328192 DVD Play Stevie Ray Vaughan
886978078926 CD Playlist: The Very B
886970926096 DVD Pride & Joy
886978758620 CD Sky Is Crying
5099746864026 (i) CD Sky Is Crying 1984/1989
886919860726 CD Solos Sessions & Encores
4547366035797 (i) CD Solos Sessions & Encores
828768723128 (i) CD Solos Sessions & Encores
886977161421 CD Soul to Soul
4571191051103 (i) CD Soul to Soul
090771530516 Vinyl Soul to Soul
821797207669 SACD Soul to Soul
074646571422 CD Srv-Box Set
828768151129 CD Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble: Vol. 1-Real D..
074646587324 CD Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble: Vol. 2-Real D..
827969446621 CD Stevie Ray Vaughan: Collection
886975503025 (i) CD Stevie Ray Vaughan: Collections
886975082728 (i) CD Stevie Ray Vaughan: Collections
886979222298 DVD Stevie Ray Vaughan-Live at Montreux 1982-1985
886979222397 DVD Stevie Ray Vaughan-Live at the El Mocambo
886978098795 DVD Stevie Ray Vaughan-Live From Austin Texas
886979238398 DVD Stevie Ray Vaughan-Pride & Joy
886978302427 CD Texas Flood-30th Anniversary Edition
074646153628 CD Texas Flood/Couldn't Stand the Weather/Soul to Sou
888837015721 (i) CD Texas Flood/Couldnt Stand the Weather/Soul to Soul
886978582720 (i) CD Texas Flood/Couldn't Stand the...
4571191051110 (i) CD Texas Flood
090771530318 Vinyl Texas Flood
8718469531172 (i) Vinyl Texas Flood
821797207461 SACD Texas Flood
886972209920 CD X2 (Texas Flood/in the Beginning)

Biography: 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