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In Honor - Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan performing on Austin City Limits (1989)

October 3, 1954 - August 27, 1990

Stevie Ray Vaughan's history is lengthy, so I recommend Wikipedia for a detailed reading.

In this post, I am highlighting successes and honors earned by Stevie Ray Vaughan.


Texas Flood (1983)
Gold in France and New Zealand
Silver UK
Platinum Canada
2x Platinum U.S.

Couldn't Stand the Weather (1984)
Platinum in Canada and New Zealand

Soul to Soul (1985)
Gold in Canada and New Zealand
Platinum in the U.S.

In Step (1989)
(Not certified)

The Sky is Crying (1991)*
*Recorded before Vaughan's passing ... Released after Vaughan's death

Genres considered - Blues, Rock, Jazz

Stevie Ray Vaughan has been an influence to such names as John Mayer, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and many others.  Vaughan was influenced by such names as Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, George Benson, and many others.  Jimi Hendrix was Vaughan's greatest inspiration.

Awards and Honors -
5 W.C. Handy Awards (known better as Blues Music Awards)
Posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame (2000)
15 million album sales in the U.S.
No. 7 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitar Players of All Time"
No. 8 on Guitar World Magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Vaughan's band, Double Trouble, in 2015

Family Style
Collaboration album featuring Stevie and his brother, Jimmie
Released in September 1990
Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album (1991)
Over one million in sales in the U.S.

Signature Stratocaster

The Fender Stratocaster was Stevie Ray Vaughan's top preference and most played.  When a musician finds an instrument that fits naturally when they play, all else falls into place - such as within a band or solo, studio and on stage.

Stevie Ray Vaughan has a lasting legacy and impressive history (both positive and saddened).  His "pride and joy" if you will was the Fender Strat.

And so this is where I will conclude...In Honor - Stevie Ray Vaughan.