Personalities | Stevie Ray Vaughan | Eighties | Rock

(Guitar, vocals, 1954–90)

Born in Dallas, Vaughan distilled Albert King, Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack’s blues and rock stylings on his superb US Top 40 album Texas Flood (1983). Tommy Shannon (bass) and Chris Layton (drums) formed his trusted Double Trouble back-up team. His ferocious but lyrical playing on Couldn’t Stand The Weather (1984) and live showmanship confirmed him as the new king of the blues guitar. After a 1990 show with Eric Clapton, Vaughan died in a helicopter crash, but SRV music lives on.

Styles & Forms | Eighties | Rock
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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