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Stevie Ray Vaughan Biography

Stevie Ray Vaughan was born in Dallas, Texas, on Oct. 3, 1954.He began playing his older brother Jimmie’s guitars at the age of 7. With a prodigious knack for the instrument, Vaughan began performing in and around Dallas while Jimmie pursued his own musical career in Austin. Determined to follow in his brother’s footsteps, Stevie Ray dropped out of high school at 17 and moved to Austin with his... …

Stevie Ray Vaughan's Epic "Little Wing"

Jimi Hendrix’s influence on Stevie Ray Vaughan was integral in shaping the young Texan’s style. In his career, Vaughan recorded multiple Hendrix covers, including “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” and “Third Stone from the Sun,” adding signature elements to set them apart from their originals. ... …

The Top Ten Heavy Metal Album Openers

No one ever went to a Led Zeppelin concert expecting the band to open with “The Rain Song.” A fine tune, to be sure, but the electric charge of a crowd in waiting must be met in kind. The same applies to the album: Kiss didn’t open Destroyer with “Beth,” for example. And Metallica had the prudence to place “Fade to Black” a good four songs into Ride the Lightning. When you get down to it, just... …