It’s been 33 years since Stevie Ray Vaughan burst onto the world stage, becoming the meanest thing to come out of Texas since J.R. Ewing.
Vaughan—devoid of light shows, dry ice, fog and lasers—refocused attention back to the bare essentials—guitar, bass and drums in a basic 12-bar format.
Think you know everything there is to know about the late, great SRV? Click through the story and photo gallery below to test your Vaughan-ian knowledge. Please note that item Number 1 (and its corresponding video) appears below. Items 2 through 10 can be found in the photo gallery.
As always, enjoy!
01. Vaughan appears in an extended 1988 New Zealand TV commercial, which you can watch below. He can even be seen riding in a military tank at one point! Mind you, this three-minute-long video looks and plays like a fairly cheesy late-Eighties music video for a song called "Travellin' On," but—apparently—it's a commercial. (Exactly what are they advertising? We have no idea.)
The video features Midge Marsden, Murray Grindlay, Janna Lapidus (Vaughan’s fiancee at the time) and Brigitte Berger, all of whom drive around the North Island, eventually stopping off at a DC3 airplane parked in a small town. They step into a bar made out of car parts and join Vaughan on stage. Hey, it could happen!
NOTE: This story is continued in the photo gallery below.