Essay title: The Watcher of Lady Bird Lake
Early Life Stevie Ray Vaughan was born on October 3, 1954.He was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and began to play the guitar at a very early age.His brother Jimmie, who was three years older than him, was a huge influence on the desire for Stevie to learn to play the guitar.He first plucked the strings of the guitar at the very young age of eight, and continued to play throughout his adolescent years.
In junior high, Stevie formed many bands with his some his friends in his grade.These garage bands would play a set at local nightclubs on occasion.Often when Stevie would go into school, he would sleep through his classes, because he had been up so late the night before, playing his guitar.For this reason, his marks suffered immensely.Stevie, however, was not interested in his school marks; all he cared about was playing the guitar.One of the turning points in his life, which helped him realize that he wanted be a guitarist occurred while working as a dishwasher at a local burger joint.
Part of my job was to clean out the trash bins. One night, I was standing on top of a barrel, and the top caved in. I fell in grease up to my chest, and right then I decided 'I'm not gonna do this anymore. I'm gonna play guitar'. In 1972, Stevie decided that school was unnecessary for a guitarist, and dropped out. Immediately after, he moved to Austin, Texas, where he could pursue his music full-time. Rise to Fame The first serious band that Stevie played with was known as the Cobras.
This band, during the mid 70’s played in various nightclubs in Texas. However, this band only lasted a few years, and then broke up.Following the Cobra’s downfall, Stevie, along with bassist Jackie Newhouse, drummer Chris Layton, and vocalist Lou Ann Barton formed the group Triple Threat in 1975.
Only a few years later, after playing in bars and nightclubs around Texas, Barton left the band.The remaining members of the group decided to continue as a band with Stevie as the lead singer.The band was renamed Double Trouble in 1978. The next following years, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and his band, Double Trouble continued to play around Texas, and became one of the most familiar bands around.
In 1982, the band played the Montreux Festival and their performance caught the attention of David Bowie and Jackson Browne. After Double Trouble's performance, Bowie asked Vaughan to play on his forthcoming album, while Browne offered the group free recording time at his Los Angeles studio, Downtown; both offers were accepted. Stevie Ray laid down the lead guitar tracks for what became Bowie's Let's Dance album in late 1982. Shortly afterward, John Hammond, Sr. landed Vaughan and Double Trouble a record contract with Epic and the band recorded their debut album in less than a week at Downtown.
The bands debut album, released in 1983, was titled ‘Texas Flood’. At the same time that the band was receiving recognition for their initial album, Vaughan was earning quite a large amount of recognition for his works with Bowie on the ‘Let’s Dance’ album.Although Bowie’s album was an enormous hit, ‘Texas Flood’ was one of the greatest albums released in that decade in both the rock and blues worlds.In 1983, Vaughan was offered a spot as Bowie’s lead guitarist on his stadium tour, but he turned David down, and decided he preferred to play with Double Trouble.
Vaughan and his band double trouble decided it would be a good idea to have their own tour, which turned out to be a huge success.Shortly following, Double Trouble released their second album, titled ‘Couldn’t Stand the Weather’, in May of 1984..