Stevie Ray Vaughan (also known by the acronym
SRV) (* October 3, 1954 in Dallas, Texas † August 27 1990 in East
Troy, Wisconsin) was an American blues and blues-rock musician who is
often named in a row with Jimi
Hendrix, Johnny Winter and Eric
His style was shaped by influences of black blues musicians, such as
the three "Kings" especially Albert King, and BB
King, but Vaughan also liked Texas native Freddie King. But most of
all he was influenced by Jimi
Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan described him as his greatest influence.
In the late 1970s he formed the band Double Trouble. In 1982 the band
played at a private party for the Rolling Stones at Danceteria Club in New
York. Vaughan was invited to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982,
where he eventually achieved his first breakthrough. Jerry Wexler was
responsible for this step, he heard of the band at a club in Austin,
Texas. David Bowie heard him the first time in Montreux and hired him for
his 1983's album "Let's Dance" and for the Serious Moonlight
tour. However Vaughan left the band during the tour rehearsals to pay more
attention to his own projects.
Jackson Browne, also heard of SRV in Montreux and offered him to use
his recording studio for free. There, Vaughan and Double Trouble, recorded
in November 1982 their first album called "Texas Flood". John
Hammond, who also discoved Charlie Christian, Billie Holiday, Aretha
Franklin and Bob Dylan, heard live recordings of the band and got their
first record deal with Epic. The "Texas Flood" album sold well.
The second album "Could not Stand the Weather" (1984) was even
more successful. In 1985 keyboardist Reese Wynans was added to the lineup
of the band, and the third album , "Soul To Soul" was recorded.
Vaughan's drug and alcohol consumption got more excessive, with his
increasing success. In 1986 the tour in Germany had to be cancelled after
Vaughan collapsed. In the same year the double live album "Live
Alive" was released. After that, the fifth album "In Step"
followed, according to Vaughan this was the first album he made without
the influence of drugs. For "In Step" Vaughan received a Grammy.
The release of the album "Family Style" with his brother Jimmie
Vaughan, came out after his death. The Album "The Sky Is Crying"
was compiled by Jimmie Vaughan, with recordings from different periods.
Vaughan worked almost exclusively with traditional instruments of rock
and roll from the 50s and early 60s, plus some of the 'psychedelic'
effects of the Hendrix era. His distinctive sound was characterized by
overdriven old Fender tube amps and guitars with single coil pickups. From
a limited vocabulary of phrasing, he created Blues spontaneously. This
earned him the recognition and admiration of many, but especially
African-American blues greats, whose opinion and recognition he placed in
a higher value.
Vaughan has been included in the 2000 Blues Hall of Fame.
Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan was
already a legend when he was killed in a helicopter crash in 1990. Like
all talents who die early, he has left behind a legacy of myths and
stories concerning his complex life and ...
Three years is a long time in the music
industry, as these incredible concerts indefatigably prove. The first
takes place in 1982. A young bluseman takes to the stage at the Montreux
Festival, ably backed by a highly competent band. ...
DVD. 60 minutes includes: Testify, Big
Guy Shuffle, Voodoo Shuffle, and more. Few performances by legendary
guitar hero, Stevie Ray Vaughan, have been caught on tape. Due to his
untimely death in 1991 fans have been left with a lean legacy ...
To help blues/rock guitarists refine
their playing, Instructor Greg Koch takes an in-depth look at Stevie Ray
Vaughan's technique on eight songs, including "Honey Bee,"
"Love Struck Baby," and "Rude Mood." Standard Screen;
Eight music videos featuring the iconic
musical stylings of Stevie Ray Vaughan are included here. Released just
after his untimely passing, this DVD was the original Stevie Ray Vaughan
& Double Trouble video collection, surveying all of the proper music