Raised in a Dallas suburb, Stephen Ray Vaughan born on October 3, 1954 grew to become an influential electric blues guitarist ranking #7 of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Born from parents without musical talent, he was brought to various concerts, for instance Fats Domino, Johnny Williamson III, Jimmy Reed, and Bob Wills.
When he was seven years old, Michael Quinn gave him a guitar and his first guitar lessons despite the drums as his primary instrument. Vaughan later said, "My brother Jimmie actually was one of the biggest influences on my playing. He really was the reason I started to play, watching him and seeing what could be done."
He never read sheet music and played solely by ear. By thirteen, he played in clubs and met several of his blues idols. He dropped out of High School and moved to Austin to pursue music, three years later; where Johnny Winter and Clifford Antone were impressed by Vaughan's talent. However in the early 1980s, Vaughan with Double Trouble were invited to play a private party with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. After the big break, they meet Jackson Browne and David Bowie. Vaughan Played lead on Bowie’s Let’s Dance album.
In June 1986, Vaughan dissolved cocaine in Crown Royal for a morning "pick-me-up"; causing severe ulcerations in the stomach lining; yet, he continued to release Live Alive in 1986 and the next year toured The U.S. Vaughan obtained medical services from Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend’s doctor when they had their addictions. Had Vaughan not come to the hospital when he did, he would have died within a month. After a struggle to get sober in London, he then flew to Atlanta, Georgia, to a rehabilitation center.
After his death, many musicians wrote tribute songs for Stevie Ray Vaughan. He had a magical sound and musicians have cited Vaughan as an influence for instance John Mayer, Colin James, Los Lonely Boys, and Mike McCready, and many others.
"… he never, ever seemed to be lost in anyway. I mean, it wasn't ever that he took a breather…where he was going next. It just flowed out of him." stated Eric Clapton
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