The Top Five Studio Guest Appearances by Stevie Ray Vaughan
Five-plus examples of Stevie Ray Vaughan's best work as a guest guitarist in the '80s.
Welcome to the bonus page! Here are three extra tunes that feature Vaughan as the guest guitarist, each interesting in its own way.
Stevie Wonder, "Come Let Me Make Your Love Come Down," from Characters (1987)
While the Vaughan-heavy video below is promising, it's also misleading.
Sadly, the finished studio recording of this 1987 Stevie Wonder track features much less of Vaughan's playing, although he can be heard closer to the end of the song, going head to head with B.B. King. So make the most of this video!
Don Johnson, "Love Roulette," from Heartbeat (1986)
What's interesting about this one? First of all, Miami Vice star Don Johnson released an album in 1986. Second of all, he got Vaughan to play on it. Third of all, the album reached No. 17 on Billboard's Hot 100.
The album, Heartbeat, was a star-studded affair that also featured Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band, Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, Dweezil Zappa and Willie Nelson. Johnson eventually recorded one more album, 1989's Let It Roll.
Vaughan's solo on "Love Roulette," which you can check out below, starts around 2:51.
Brian Slawson, "Bumble Bee Blues," from Distant Drums (1988)
And then there's little-known but interesting gem — "Bumble Bee Blues" by jazzer Brian Slawson from his Distant Drums album from 1988. Check it out!
Photo: From Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Stevie Ray Vaughan album cover
Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at Guitar World. Follow him on Twitter.
Be sure to pick up the new March 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine, which features SRV on the cover and celebrates the 30th anniversary of Texas Flood. The issue also profiles the amps and effects in Vaughan's arsenal, dissects 10 Vaughan albums and discusses Vaughan's "Number One" Fender Strat. The new issue is available now at the Guitar World Online Store.
Artists:Stevie Ray Vaughan
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