Vaughan, Stevie Ray

Vaughan, Stevie Ray

(1954–90) rock musician; born in Dallas, Texas. A virtuoso guitarist, he played with teenage bands in Dallas before moving to Austin in 1972, where he played with a succession of local blues bands. In 1981 he formed Double Trouble, a blues-rock trio, and performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, attracting widespread acclaim. He recorded with David Bowie in 1982, and the following year released his first album. He toured on a continual basis until his death in a helicopter accident following a concert performance in Wisconsin.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.