Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert King Play "Pride and Joy" and "Born Under a Bad Sign" in 1983

On December 6, 1983, up-and-coming guitar god Stevie Ray Vaughan got together with blues legend Albert King at CHCH-TV studios in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The result was one hell of a jam session—that almost didn't even happen.

Initially, King wasn't going to do the show because he apparently didn't know who Vaughan was. As in, he didn't realize Vaughan was actually "Little Stevie," that skinny kid who used to sit in with King when he performed in Texas. Of course, once he realized who Vaughan was, it was smiles all around.

The session, the first of two collaborations captured for TV, was recorded for one of a series of live TV sessions recording the performances of various artists. The show was called In Session, and the jam session was released on an album (also called In Session) in 1999.

Below, you can experience a small sampling of the album and DVD (which was finally released in 2010). There's "Pride and Joy," "Texas Flood," "Call It Stormy Monday" and "Born Under a Bad Sign," a popular King tune (written by Booker T. Jones and William Bell) that was famously covered by Cream. You can find the rest of this session on YouTube if you're interested.

You'll notice that King—the wise old pro—is clearly driving the proceedings, but he goes out of his way to feature the younger Vaughan wherever possible, which was nice of him—and awesome for us. Enjoy!

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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 (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.