Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stevie Ray Vaughan is best known as a founding member and leader of Double Trouble, with drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon, they ignited the blues revival of the 1980s. With a career spanning seven years, Vaughan and Double Trouble consistently sold out concerts while their albums frequently went gold. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Vaughan started playing the guitar at age seven and formed several bands that performed in locally. At 17, he dropped out of high school and moved to Austin. In 1977, he formed Triple Threat Revue, a band that eventually evolved into Double Trouble. In 1982, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, catching the attention of musicians David Bowie. Bowie asked Vaughan to play on his upcoming studio album Let’s Dance. In March 1983, Vaughan and Double Trouble were signed to Epic Records by veteran record producer John Hammond Sr. and released their debut album, Texas Flood in June of that year. On August 27, 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan was tragically killed in a helicopter crash following a performance in East Troy, Wisconsin.
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