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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

sTEviE rAY VaUgHaN & doubLE trOUblE

YEAR

2015

INDUCTED BY

John Mayer

CATEGORY

Performers

The second coming of the blues.

Blues had fallen by the wayside, and Stevie Ray Vaughan was heaven-sent. He revived the fading genre with his masterful guitar playing. Vaughan was the messiah, shredding with B.B. King’s blessing.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Chris Layton

Chris Layton

Reese Wynans

Reese Wynans

Tommy Shannon

Tommy Shannon

HALL OF FAME
ESSAY

By Robert Santelli

Had Stevie Ray Vaughn not suddenly surfaced in the early 1980s, guitar in hand and a nearly uncontrollable urge to play it, then the blues might have willed him into existence.

These, after all, weren’t the best times for the blues, which had been the bedrock of all American music for nearly a century. MTV was making pop music more physical and visual: Think Michael Jackson and Madonna.

Most of mainstream rock was all about big sound, arena shows, and elaborate stage sets. And new wave, though it rebelled against rock’s more ornate sounds and superstar mindset, was as style-conscious as it was interested in a simpler approach to making records.

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