Friday, August 27, 2010

August 27: Stevie Ray Vaughan died on this day in 1990.

The blues, country, rock guitarist, and lead singer and guitarist for the band Double Trouble was 36 years-old. He was killed with four others within seconds after takeoff in a helicopter crash.

Stevie was inspired to play guitar by his older brother, Jimmie Vaughan. Major influences were Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy. With his band Double Trouble, Stevie made four successful studio albums and established a reputation as one of the foremost blues guitarists in the world.

On February 22nd 2000, he was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Stevie garnered 13 Grammy Nominations, winning 5. He also won several W. C. Handy Awards, during his lifetime and posthumously, including Entertainer of the Year and Instrumentalist of the Year in 1984. In 2003, he was ranked No.7 in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Classic Rock Magazine ranked him No.3 in their list of the "100 Wildest Guitar Heroes" in 2007.
Press links below to view You Tube videos:
-- "Little Wing"
-- "Rude Mood" (Unplugged- 1990)

Couldn't Stand the Weather (Legacy Edition)
Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan

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