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Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Dallas, United States (1983 – 1990)

Stephen (“Stevie”) Ray Vaughan, born in Dallas, Texas (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American blues guitar legend, and is known as one of the most influential musicians in history.

Stevie Ray had been in numerous bands before joining combo Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble in the late 1970’s.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s debut album was released in 1983. The critically acclaimed Texas Flood (1983) featured the top-20 hit Pride And Joy and sold well in both blues and rock circles.

Stevie Ray Vaughan died August 27th, 1990 when his helicopter crashed into the Alpine Valley ski hill. He was on his way back from playing a guest appearance at an Eric Clapton concert at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin.

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Vaughan’s first recording band was called Paul Ray and the Cobras. They played at clubs and bars in Austin during the mid-1970s, and released one single.[2] Vaughan later recorded two other singles under the band name The Cobras.[3] Stevie left the Cobras, leaving Denny Freeman still in his role of original lead guitarist, and formed Triple Threat in late 1975, which included bassist Jackie Newhouse, drummer Chris Layton, vocalist Lou Ann Barton, and sax player Johnny Reno. Barton left the band in 1978 to pursue a solo career, followed by Reno in 1979. The three remaining members started performing under the name Double Trouble, inspired by an Otis Rush song of the same name. Vaughan became the band’s lead singer.

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