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The Vaughan Brothers

Sibling blues guitarists Jimmie Vaughan (born in 1951) and Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990) were born and raised in Dallas, TX. Each began playing guitar during childhood, Stevie Ray inspired to take up the instrument by his older brother. Jimmie Vaughan played in various groups in Dallas and Austin before hooking up with singer/harmonica player Kim Wilson and forming the Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1974. The group was signed to Chrysalis Records, for which they made four albums, starting with a self-titled 1979 debut. The second and third of them, What's the Word (1980) and Butt Rockin' (1981), made the lower reaches of the charts, but the band was dropped by the label after the commercial failure of T-Bird Rhythm in the fall of 1982.

Meanwhile, Stevie Ray Vaughan had been playing around Texas, at first with Triple Threat featuring singer Lou Ann Barton, and then, after her departure, with drummer Chris Layton and newly recruited bassist Tommy Shannon as Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. His appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982 led to a recording contract with Epic Records and the release of his debut album, Texas Flood, a Top 40 hit, in 1983. He followed it with the even more successful Couldn't Stand the Weather (1984) and Soul to Soul (1985), each of which went gold within two years. (All three albums have since gone platinum.)

Stevie Ray Vaughan's success stimulated Epic's interest in his brother's band. The Epic subsidiary CBS Associated signed the Fabulous Thunderbirds and issued Tuff Enuff (1986), which spawned a Top Ten single in the title-track and itself made the Top 20, going gold within six months and eventually platinum. The same year, Stevie Ray Vaughan issued Live Alive, which eventually went platinum.

The careers of both brothers subsided soon after. Stevie Ray Vaughan went into rehab, while the Fabulous Thunderbirds' follow-ups to Tuff Enuff, Hot Number (1987) and Powerful Stuff (1989), did not match its commercial success. Jimmie Vaughan amicably parted from the band in June 1990. Stevie Ray Vaughan returned after more than two and a half years with In Step (1989), which became his biggest seller yet, eventually going double platinum. The brothers had long planned a duo project, and in 1990 they finally found time for it, recording Family Style. But the month before the album's scheduled release, Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990. The album appeared in September and it soared into the Top Ten, selling over a million copies.

Jimmie Vaughan helped oversee posthumous releases of his brother's recordings, such as the two-million-selling Top Ten hit The Sky Is Crying (1991). He launched his own solo career in the spring of 1994 with Strange Pleasure, released by Epic. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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eduardoflore s 1 6 2
D.C.
Another legend missed!
johnrbupton
God calls the best to play for him exclusively. We are not worthy nor appreciate the greats while they are here on earth.
Strives gone but his legend lives on forever. He's now a major influence on a lot of young players now. There will be guy's and gal tryin to sound like he did for years to come...
I saw Stevie Ray in Tampa, must be 25 years ago now. The best guitarist I've ever seen. I've never forgotten the way he treated the guitar, like he didn't even know it was there. Like it was just part of his body. Only the good die young.
why do all the great artists die before their time.
jlake19596
I saw Stevie ray in Boston, what a show. I will never forget it or stop loving this guitar Master.. Master being the key word.
s-rutledge1
One of the best guitarist I have ever seen
SRV could play to melt or jolt your heart. God-like guitarist.
pl.dpp.luab
His spirit is with everyone who listens to his music...
the music always takes you away love it
Can't wait 2 hear him playing 4 god himself.afte r all he created SRV on the 8th day.
it ain't right he isn't here today, i hope i get to hear him if there's a heaven
SRV what a player
paxtonl56
An acoustical version of Life by the Drop is one of my favorite songs he did, HIs voice is amazing on it, as always, so is the guitar...
I was at the very last concert of Stevie Ray at Alpine Valley. The concert was absolutely awesome. Then the next day we heard what happened. Heart has been broken ever since, and I've been feeling the blues. I will remember that show always.
musicron
Gawd,this never gets old !!!! Love it !!!
Although he believed he could not sing, Stevie Ray is still one of the all time R&B artists of all time. I never get itred of his rifts and I am still listening to his music daily.
jim morrison couldnt hold a cadle to them fellas
goaltend35
Can you imagine Jimi Hendrix, Stevie ray Vaughn, John Bonham, John Lennon all Jamming in Heaven with
Janice Joplin and Jim Morrison singing?
dan_fichtler
Luv his guitar!
bcushway
Yeah, right, Jimmy's just average. Drop the needle on any track on "Out There" for example. Great songs, wonderful playing, nice vocals. Different artist than Stevie but actually, yes, he is something special.
i saw Stevie in TX. around 82 he was too good seen Jimmy in 80 with the Stones jimmy is Jimy and Stevie is Stevie there great
I agree Centered, Jim isn't anything special at all. Not going to dis the man but I wouldn't pay a dime to see him again.
dtjonbrown
one of my all time favorites
Ya'll know, Jimmie used to come home, and find Stevie in the closet playing with his guitar while he was away from the house. Jimmie used to beat his brothers a** for touching his guitar.

Kinda funny I think, considering he grew up to have a way more unique style and sound to his guitar playing. One that anyone who knows him, can hear 5 seconds of guitar and say, "Yup, that's Stevie Ray." His brother, not so special.
Still one of the best blues guitarists in modern recorded history! Well, at least in recent history. (Stevie Ray, that is)
Saw Stevie in concert at a small college venue in Minneapolis early in 1990. He was touring with Jeff Beck. My ears rang for at least a month after that concert. Truely amazing concert....
White boots is the best thing off this album... made my wife fall in love with the vaughn brothers!
Tick Tock something to think about!
One of the greatest guitarist/bl u e s singers ever!!!!!!!! ! ! !
I need "White Boots"!
WHITE BOOTS!
marklove831
WOW!kickin'. w e need more,but sadly will not:0(
beautiful.

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