Stevie Ray Vaughan is one of the most influential electrical guitarists in music history. In his life time Vaughan was admired by already established and well regarded musicians, for his soulful energy and powerful style of guitar play. Eric Clapton stated in a 1996 interview that he was so taken back by Stevie Ray Vaughan talent that while he was driving his car he had to pull over and listen to him play. Further, stating that he was determined to meet him that very day and did. Unfortunately, at the height of his popularity his life was cut short by a tragic helicopter crash. After his death Stevie Ray Vaughan popularity, and influence in the music industry continued to grow with fans and musicians worldwide.
While Stevie Ray was establishing himself, in the late 70’s as a Blues guitar master his talent allowed him to transcend this genre bringing Blues music back into relevance in the American music scene. With his astonishingly accomplished guitar playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan ignited the blues revival of the '80s. (Erlewine 2014) Recreating a time in American music history that rivaled blues greatest blue musicians of the 1940’s and 50’s. Veteran blues artists Etta James, B.B. King and Buddy Guy directly attributed the mid-'80s revival of their previously ebbing careers to Stevie Ray. Stevie Ray played the guitar with the passion of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie often paid homage to his inspiration by recording covers of music legend Jimi Hendrix. Third Rock from the Sun and At the end of Stevie’s life the Hendrix song Voodoo Chile (Slight return) were signature songs that considered iconic to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s live music performance.
Vaughan was recognized as great talent by Rock n Roll musician’s as a teenager, by ...
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...ray, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Vaughan, Stevie Wonder, and at the Tribune to Stevie Ray Vaughan held at the Austin City limits venue where a who’s who of Rock and Roll, R&B, and Blues Hall of Famers gathered to play his music and reminisce . Stevie Ray Vaughan may be gone but his musical influence will always live all those he has and will inspires.
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Steve Miller was born October 5, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Steve’s family was very involved with music. His mother was a jazz-influenced singer, and his father was a pathologist that very interested in the world of music. Dr. Miller was friends with many musicians which greatly aided in young Steve’s development in music. One of his father’s friends included Les Paul, who showed Steve some chords on a guitar at the age of five. Les Paul proved to be a very valuable mentor to Steve, and he became a good friend of the family. When Steve was seven his family moved to Dallas, where he was exposed to a different type of artists that usually did not visit Milwaukee. His father took him to see greats such as Hank Williams, Chuck Berry, and Carl Perkins. Steve was particularly drawn to T-Bone Walker, the father of Texas-style electric blues. This proved to be very influential in Steve’s life, and it is evident by the blues-sound that he exhibited in his guitar playing.
Ray Charles Robinson was the son of Aretha and Bailey Robinson. When Ray was still a newborn, his family moved from Georgia, where he was born, to a poverty stricken community in Greenville, Florida. In the early years of child development, Ray showed a curiosity for anything mechanical and he often watched the men nearby work on their cars and farm machinery. His curiosity in music wasn’t sparked until one day when he snuck into Mr. Wiley Pit's Red Wing Café. When he came in Pit played boogie woogie on an old upright piano. Pit would care for George, Ray's younger brother, so as to take the burden off of Ray’s mom. However, George drowned in his mom’s laundry tub when he was four years old. After witnessing this horrific tragedy, Ray would feel an overwhelming sense of guilt later on in life.
Two very influential artists of their time were Jimi Hendrix and Ritchie Valens. Many people wouldn’t consider these two artists to be similar nor have achieved the same success, however they’re paths were quite similar. Both these artists began their careers very early in their lives and were able to influence others artists along the way. Many of their songs also made the top charts. Although both their careers were short lived, both these artists left a mark in the world of music.
There is without a doubt that the 1950s saw the rise of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, known as Chuck Berry. His musical take on rhythm and blues was a large influence on many successful artists that rose the following decade, but most notably The Rolling Stones. This paper examines the earlier musical career of Chuck Berry and how The Rolling Stones modeled themselves upon him and then expanded themselves further.
In the 1930s many black musicians where coming out of the south. One especially who would soon top the charts and hit fame and fortune starting in his young years, Ray Charles. After conquering poverty, blindness and many other things, success was possible. In his young age he had a few losses in his family and near after came down with a disease which was causing him to go blind. He later came over the blindness and was able to learn and compose music with the help of his skills in mathematics. After enduring a harsh childhood and blindness, Ray Charles was able to over come his handicap and follow his dream in music.
Stevie Ray Vaughan a legend, a master of his art, but most of all salutary to the blues revival in his day in age. At a time where blues was fading out, in the late eighties, like a candle dying out he was the one match that kept it lit, and almost brought blues to salvation. Great blues riffs and sick licks going strong, and he would keep them going all night long. Mostly self taught he was a true musician whose time ran short.
From that point, he developed into a certifiable wonder, mastering the piano, drums, and harmonica all by the age of nine. While performing for some of his companions in 1961, Stevie was discovered by Ronnie White of the Miracles who orchestrated a tryout with Berry Gordy at Motown. Gordy signed Stevie immediately under the new name Little Stevie Wonder and paired him with producer/musician Clarence Paul. Ponder produced his first two albums in 1962: A Tribute to Uncle Ray, which highlighted fronts of Wonder’s saint Ray Charles, and The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie, a symphonic jazz collection spotlighting his instrumental aptitudes on piano, harmonica, and arranged percussion. Neither sold well, yet that all changed in 1963 with the live album. The 12-Year-Old genius highlighted another expanded variant of the harmonica instrumental “Fingertips.” Edited for release as a single, “Fingertips, Pt.2” soared to the highest point of both the Pop and Rhythm and Blues charts, on account of Wonder’s overwhelming, young abundance; in the mean time, the 12 year old genius turned into Motown’s first chart topping
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Jimi is today acknowledged as a musical intellectual. He is highly recognized for his precision and speed while playing his music. He did not care what kind of feedback he got whether it was negative or positive, all Jimi wanted to do was play his music the way he wanted. He created his music as one of the melodic elements and people went crazy for him and his ability to play, sing and dance all at the same time. As a rock singer and guitarist, Jim Hendrix won several awards for being a major contribution to rock music during his time. It is widely agreed that he was among one of the most influential musicians in the history of rock music. As the star of the rock music during his time, Jimi did not just play music but improved the image of rock music as well. While it is the dream of every artist to make a contribution throughout his or her work and performances, not all of them were successfully able to make their dreams to come true. Through Jimi’s singing and performances, he is today acknowledged for the impact that he had on the rock music we now have today. Some of his major contributions to rock music are that he improved the styles that were used to play a guitar by flipping the music upside down as well as
Still, few musicians have lived more thoroughly the life of their times. Unlike the tie-dyed, good time trip of Jerry Garcia's Grateful Dead, Hendrix felt both the raw, unleashed energy of the sixties, and also the decades terror and confusion. Listening to his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, or the equally powerful Machine Gun one can't help but wonder if this wasn't the most empathic musician to ever pick up a guitar. In those works Hendrix seemed to feel everything for everyone -- black, white, GI, protester, hippie, straight -- he found a place for all of us. American music would never be the same.
There have been many bigshot artists that have gone down in music history over the years. One man in particular, however, will forever be known all over the world for his famous works and amazing stage performances. This man is none other than the one and only Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix altered the style of rock and roll during the late 60’s early 70’s and is widely considered one of the most influential guitar players amongst the music world to this day.
He had exposure to several different genres growing up in his St. Louis, MO hometown. He heard country from the whites, rhythm & blues (R&B) from mostly blacks, even Latin music. His family environment set him up well for future success while growing up in a middle class home in the middle of the Great Depression of the 1930s. His parents sun...