Stevie Ray Vaughan's Top Five Studio Guest Appearances
Five-plus examples of Stevie Ray Vaughan's best work as a guest guitarist in the Eighties.
Welcome to the bonus page! I don't think too many people get this far. Poor them ...
Here are three extra tunes that feature Vaughan as the guest guitarist, each interesting in its own way.
Please note that we seriously wanted to include "Bumble Bee Blues" from Brian Slawson's 1988 album, Distant Drums, but it's not available on YouTube. You can always track down the CD on eBay for about $5.
Anyway, here we go:
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.
And then there's this thing, which is from a weird late-Eighties commercial filmed in New Zealand. We don't know what to make of it (and we don't really like it), but we figured we'd share:
Photo from Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Stevie Ray Vaughan album cover
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Artists:Stevie Ray Vaughan
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