10 things you didn't know about Stevie Ray Vaughan

[from left] Tommy Shannon, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood at New York City’s Danceteria night club in 1982 (Image credit: NY Daily News Archive Via Getty Images)

1. Vaughan appears in an extended 1988 TV commercial for an oil company

He even can be seen riding in a tank at one point! Mind you, this three-minute-long video looks and plays like a fairly cheesy late-Eighties music video for a song called Travelin’ On, but - apparently - it’s a commercial for Europa fuel. The video features Midge Marsden, Murray Grindlay, Janna Lapidus (Vaughan’s fiance at the time) and Brigitte Berger, all of whom drive around New Zealand, eventually stopping off near a DC3 airplane parked in a small town. They walk into a bar and join Vaughan on stage. Track down the video on YouTube!

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.