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The Fabulous Thunderbirds is a band that got started in 1974, the group being best known for the massive 1986 hit “Tuff Enuff”. Their original line-up included guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, the older brother of the influential guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, and got popular in Texas’ underground scene. After performing for several years in the Austin, Texas area, they earned a recording contract with Chrysalis Records and later signed to Arista. The first two albums, released in 1979 and 1980 (with Keith Ferguson on bass and Mike Buck on drums), did not initially sell well but are now regarded as classic blues rock recordings. Their style has mixed Texas blues with the harmonica-laced swamp blues sounds of the likes of Slim Harpo and Lazy Lester— both of whom the T-Birds have covered. Their third album, 1981’s ‘Butt Rockin’’, took the band closer to classic while featuring added piano and brass section sounds played by additional musicians. The band broke into the mainstream in 1986 with their album ‘Tuff Enuff’. The single of the same name was featured in the Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster film ‘Tough Guys’ alongside their follow-up single, titled “Wrap It Up”. A lively, powerful tune, “Tuff Enuff” has been played frequently over the years on stations. The band’s music was also played in John Cusack’s 1987 movie ‘Hot Pursuit’.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ next album, titled ‘HOT NUMBER’, fell off the charts quickly and alienated many of the bands’ long-time fans due to its slick, -oriented sound. The band then began a long series of line-up changes and obscure, yet somewhat improved, albums throughout the 90s. Drummer Mike Buck left the band in 1980 and guitarist Jimmie Vaughan left in 1990.


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    15 Jul 2014 Reply
  • robot_soul

    I'm fuckin' surprised... Born to Love You is'nt on the top 10?!! Listen to it and tell me what you think. Love you all.

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • YurecOgurec

    Услышал о The Fabulous Thunderbirds совершенно случайно и уже стал можно сказать стал фанатом группы. С Украины с любовью ;-)

    1 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Druid66

    "Powerful Stuff" is damn right! I saw Kim Wilson at Antone's club in Austin once, but he was hanging out though, not performing. Stevie Ray wasn't the only talented Vaughan brother - check out Jimmie's playing with the 'Birds.

    19 Aug 2011 Reply

    26 Apr 2011 Reply

    Ya se te nota.

    23 Aug 2010 Reply

    love this group I saw him in Bejar and also all Majis group signed two harmonic kim me and the others gave me a pua PD:soy español

    6 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Capdeelite

    soooo gooood

    18 May 2010 Reply
  • SpoiledRoyals

    keep it going baby

    13 May 2010 Reply
  • kc6cfb

    First concert I ever saw had the T-Birds opening for the Doobie Brothers. No disrespect to the Doobies, but the Thunderbirds owned the show that night. All through the DB performance I kept wishing the 'Birds would come back out and play just one more song.

    21 Jan 2010 Reply
  • bigedlynn

    Hey guys! Still lovin it all these years later!

    13 Nov 2009 Reply
  • FruitfulTree

    Twist of the Knife.....'a man takes an ounce of dignity and a pound of pride and gives it it all up for you .....but you always insist on another twist of the knife"...... they are fabulous

    24 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Fflor

    Fabuloso! * )

    23 May 2009 Reply
  • odinsacolyte

    Texas. Home of kickass music and the times and places and people that make it. Does nobody wonder why? It is our SOUL. We going to have to take over the world one day just to save it from the weenies that rule it now. Don't worry y'all. Freedom is a'comin.

    6 May 2009 Reply
  • hirogura

    Indeed. They lost their devil-may-care coolness when Keith left. RIP Keith.

    2 Mar 2009 Reply
  • MikeSedated

    The stuff with Keith Ferguson on bass is absolutely THE BOMB

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • AislingSA

    They played a great show at Pittsburgh's First Night '09. It was the first time I'd heard them and that's one of the best New Year's Eves I've had, due in huge part to this great band.

    6 Jan 2009 Reply
  • JohnHagstrom

    Oh my god, Painted On... Very Good Album! 4½ Stars.

    26 Nov 2008 Reply
  • peppesanzi

    Hi, I am a fan of the fabulous thunderbirds in Italy and I am also a guitar player in a blues band I found you in the list of the band friends I am looking for thr lyrics of HARD KNOCK from the album PAINTED ON, if have it may I ask you to copy and paste here for me? I'd really appreciate it Thanks, Peppe

    16 Oct 2008 Reply
  • peppesanzi

    Is there anyone who can write the lyrics of this song also copy and paste and send to me? Thanks

    15 Oct 2008 Reply
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