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Stevie Ray Vaughan

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan

Full Name: Stephen Ray Vaughan
Profession: Musician, Singer and Songwriter

United States of America

Why Famous: Stevie Ray Vaughan was a highly influential electric guitarists and blues musician. He bridged the gap between blues and rock, and was one of the foremost figures in the blues resurgence of the 1980s.

His music has roots in blues, rock, and jazz. His style is known for its loud volume, heavy strings, use of tremolo picking and vibrato, and his Fender Stratocasters guitars.

Vaughan was the first white musician to receive both Entertainer of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year by the National Blues Foundation. He also earned six Grammy Awards and ten Austin Music Awards, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2014.

Born: October 3, 1954
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Libra

Died: August 27, 1990 (aged 35)
Cause of Death: Helicopter crash

Married Life

  • 1979-12-23 Stevie Ray Vaughan (25) weds Lenora "Lenny" Bailey (div. 1988)

Historical Events

  • 2015-04-18 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Green Day, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the 5 Royales