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Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan, sometimes known as SRV was an American musician, singer, lyricist, and record producer, best known for being the frontman of Texas-based Eighties rock band Double Trouble. The prominent bluesman played guitar from an early age, and became lead vocalist of Texas-based Double Trouble, leading to collaborations with David Bowie and Jackson Browne.

Throughout the early 80s, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble played on the Texas club circuit, becoming one of the area's more popular bands. Soon, Double Trouble was appearing on networks across America, with Stevie Ray Vaughan becoming the leading figure in the 80s blues revival.

With his astoundingly skilled guitar work, Stevie Ray Vaughan ignited the blues revival of the 80s. Even today, almost thirty years after his death, Stevie Ray Vaughan is considered to be one of the pillars of blues and blues-rock.

Inspired by the guitar-playing of his older brother, Jimmie, Vaughn picked up his first guitar when he was 10, a Sears plastic toy he loved strumming. Born and raised in Dallas, Vaughn started playing guitar at the age of 7, inspired by older brother Jimmie.

Vaughan was the vocalist and guitarist, and in just a few years, Double Trouble became one of Austin's best-known acts. After Double Troubles performances, David Bowie asked Vaughan to play on his forthcoming album Let us Dance, which, with Stevie's guitar leading on six of its eight songs, became Bowie's best-selling record to date. Bowie approached him about playing a studio gig, leading to Vaughan playing the blues guitar on Let us Dance (1983), then being discovered by John Hammond, who interested big record company Epic Records into signing Vaughan and his band to a record contract. After the record deal, Double Trouble achieved national and international fame with repeated hits and collaborations across the table.

He died at the age of 35 in an unfortunate helicopter crash in 1990 after playing with his band at a theatre in Wisconsin. He was ranked the 7th greatest guitarist of all time and posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 along with his bandmates.

His legacy lives on in his music and the inspiration he provided the world over to millions of young musicians.

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