Stevie, Rock on!
Stevie Ray Vaughan adored the guitar. Inspired by his older brother Jimmie, he picked up a guitar at the age of seven, and (seemingly) never put it down again. Classmates remember him as far back as elementary school (Lenore Kirk Hall Elementary in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas) walking the halls and playing an air guitar.
On September 18, 1970, during Stevie's junior year at Dallas's Kimball High School, news flashed on the radio reporting that Jimi Hendrix, the super-sonic electric guitar rock superstar, had died in London. At the news, Stevie Ray's world crumbled. He made his way to the principal's office, upset and angry, and asked that a memorial assembly be held to honor Jimi. According to Stevie, the principal called Hendrix a dope head, refused the suggestion, and ushered Stevie out of his office.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
(Photo by Harold Dozier; courtesy Christian Brooks.)
After leaving high school without graduating, Stevie devoted all of his time to his music and moved to the musical heartbeat of Texas (Austin). By 1975, he was playing in a band called the Cobras. The group became well known and popular at local nightclubs giving Stevie the chance to develop his style in the presence of the Austin music culture.
In 1977, Stevie left the Cobras for a new gig with blues singer Lou Ann Barton named Triple Threat. Continues...
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