The world lost one of its greatest guitar players on August 27th, 1990. In honor of Stevie Ray Vaughan, we present to you 20 amazing facts about Stevie Ray Vaughan.
1. SRV got his first guitar from his brother Jimmie—a hollow-body Gibson Messenger.
2. Stevie Ray Vaughan actually wanted to play the drums.
3. SRV’s band’s name (Double Trouble) was actually named after the song “Double Trouble” by Otis Rush.
4. On August 27, 1990, Vaughan was traveling in a helicopter to Chicago with Eric Clapton’s entourage. The helicopter crashed into the mountains and all on board died. His funeral was held in Dallas, and he was buried at Laurel Land Memorial Park.
5. In the months that followed his death, SRV sold more than 5.5 million albums in the United States.
6. SRV was influenced by several blues musicians, including Albert King, Freddie King, Otis Rush, and Muddy Waters, as well as rock guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack.
7. SRV ranked at No. 12 on Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Guitarists!”
8. In the 1970s Stevie Ray Vaughan formed his first band, called Paul Ray and the Cobras, which played around Austin.
9. In the 1970s, SRV made his first studio recordings with the band Cast of Thousands.
10. The band, “Triple Threat”, was formed in 1975 by Vaughan who collected a bunch of musicians and formed the band, “Double Trouble!”
11. In 1988 A famous ad from Europa Oil television shows the guitar playing of Stevie Ray Vaughan.
12. In 1982 Stevie was the first unsigned musician to be invited to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
13. At the age of sixteen His father enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
14. He grew up with his brother Jimmie Vaughan.
15. Stevie Ray Vaughan is one of the most influential blues-rock musicians.
16. SRV won five W. C. Handy Awards and was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
17. He left a deep impression on many people.
18. His final album, The Sky Is Crying, was released posthumously.
19. His favorite guitar amplifier was Fender and Marshall.
20. For a Halloween gig at the Austin Rehearsal Complex in Austin, Vaughan dressed up as the world-renowned rockstar Jimi Hendrix.
In conclusion, Stevie Ray Vaughan and his legacy are inspiring inspirations. He was a musical legend who inspired many musicians to perform better, achieve greatness, and live life to the fullest. His music and life are incredible examples of dedication, passion, determination, and hard work. But he wasn’t just a musician. He was a true icon. He inspired and motivated people across the globe, through his music.