It’s hard to believe that it has been 27 years to the date since the world lost blues guitar legend, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Stevie sadly lost his life at the young age of 35 in a tragic Helicopter accident. Despite being lost at such a young age, SRV had already cemented his legacy as one of the all time greatest guitarists. His legacy lives on today as he is widely considered one of the most influential guitarists to have ever lived. Check out a young Stevie Ray Vaughan covering Elmore James’ “The Sky is Crying” in this rare footage from 1980. Performance starts at 1:30. Enjoy!
In the early 1960s, Vaughan’s admiration for his brother Jimmie resulted in him trying different instruments such as the drums and saxophone. In 1961, for his seventh birthday, Vaughan received his first guitar, a toy from Sears with Western motif. Learning by ear, he diligently committed himself, following along to songs by the Nightcaps, particularly “Wine, Wine, Wine” and “Thunderbird”. He listened to blues artists such as Albert King, Otis Rush, and Muddy Waters, and rock guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack, as well as jazz guitarists including Kenny Burrell. In 1963, he acquired his first electric guitar, a Gibson ES-125T, as a hand-me-down from Jimmie. Some interesting History from Wikipedia Above.