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Fender Artist Series Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster Electric Guitar

Stephen Ray "Stevie Ray" Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) From Dallas, Texas, guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan led a blues revival in the 1980s with a driving, energetic style that fused blues and rock. He released four popular studio albums that earned him critical success, and by the end of his too short life he was performing before stadium-sized shows around the world.

Inspired by his older brother Jimmie, Stevie picked up a toy guitar with only 3 strings at age 10, and soon discovered by strumming it that he had an exceptional ear. By the time he reached high school, Vaughan had taught himself to play the blues. He never learned to read music, but he was getting on stage in Dallas clubs while still in his teens.

Vaughan moved to Austin after dropping out of high school to join the music scene there supporting himself at times by redeeming beverage bottles for their deposits. Vaughan and friends form the band Triple Threat in 1975, later changing the name to Double Trouble inspired by an Otis Rush tune. In 1982, the group was invited to New York City to play a party for Mick Jagger. Another performance that same year at the Montreux Blues & Jazz Festival in Switzerland caught the attention of Mick Jagger, who invited them to play at a private party in New York City. That same year, Double Trouble performed at the Montreux Blues & Jazz Festival in Switzerland during which they impressed David Bowie and were asked to perform on his Let's Dance album.

That led to a record deal with Epic and a fruitful collaboration with musician and producer John Hammond, Sr. The first product of this team was Texas Flood, which earned Vaughan Best New Talent and Best Electric Blues Guitarist in a 1983 Guitar Player Magazine reader's poll. Vaughan garnered the Best Electric Blues Guitarist nod every year after that until 1991. In 1984, Vaughan earned unprecedented recognition from the National Blues Foundation Awards, which named him Entertainer of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year, making him the first white musician to receive both honors.

Vaughan died tragically on August 26, 1990. With his band Double Trouble Vaughan played a big show that night in East Troy, Wisconsin, that featured Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, and his brother Jimmie Vaughan. Just after midnight, Stevie boarded a helicopter bound for Chicago that crashed into a hillside minutes after takeoff, killing everyone on board. Vaughan was buried at Laurel Land Memorial Park in South Dallas.

In the years since his death, Stevie Ray Vaughan's legend has only grown. Nominated for 12 Grammys, he won six. He also won five W. C. Handy Awards and was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2000.

 





The New York Philharmonic's first live national radio broadcast took place on October 5, 1930, over the CBS radio network. On that Sunday, Erich Kleiber was on the podium leading the Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Since that historic broadcast, the Philharmonic has enjoyed an almost continuous presence on national radio.

Today, continuing its role as a media pioneer, the Philharmonic shares its radio broadcasts with a worldwide audience through its website, and through a 2-hour radio program broadcast nationally by WFMT Radio Network.

 




Week of September 26, 2011
Composer Leonard Bernstein's musical West Side Story opens at New York's Winter Garden Theater, September 26, 1957

Birthday: Violinist and composer Jean-Luc Ponty, September 29, 1942

Week of September 19, 2011
Event: Fiddler on the Roof Open on Broadway Starting a Run that Extends to 3,242 Performances

Birthday: Cornetist Jim Cullum, Jr, September 20, 1941

Week of September 12, 2011
Event: The Metropolitan Opera Opens its New Opera House at New York's Lincoln Center
for the Performing Arts

Birthday: Trumpeter Brian Lynch, September 12, 1956

Week of September 5, 2011
Event: Singer Songwriter, and Record Producer Otis Redding,
Records His Hit "(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay"

Birthday: Sonny Rollins, September 7, 1930

Week of August 29, 2011
Event: George Gershwin Completes the Orchestral Score for His Opera Porgy and Bess

Birthday: Charlie Parker, August 29, 1920

Week of August 22, 2011
Event: Charles G. Conn Receives a Patent for the Metal Clarinet

Birthday: Leonard Bernstein, August 25, 1918

Week of August 15, 2011
Event: The New York Times Reports that Dolby had Developed a Noise Reduction System for Album and Tape Recording

Birthday: Marc O'Connor, August 15, 1961

Week of August 08, 2011
Event: 14-Year-Old Benny Goodman Works as a Clarinet Player on a Lake Michigan Excursion Boat

Birthday: Pat Metheny, August 12, 1954

Week of August 01, 2011
Event: The Army of France Adds Saxophonesto its Military Bands

Birthday: Tony Bennett, August 3, 1926

Week of July 18, 2011
Event: First Newport Jazz Festival

Birthday: Carl Fontana Born July 18, 1928

Week of July 11, 2011
Event: "His Masters Voice" Trademark Registered

Birthday: Bélla Fleck Born July 10, 1958

Week of July 5, 2011
Event: Benny Goodman and His Band Record "Sing, Sing, Sing"

Birthday: Pinetop Perkins Born July 7, 1913

Week of June 27, 2011
Event: Cab Calloway and His Orchestra Record "St. James Infirmary""

Birthday: Pete Fountain Born July 3, 1930

Week of June 20, 2011
Event: 19 Year-Old Arturo Toscanini Conducts the Rio de Janeiro Orchestra in a Performance of "Aida"

Birthday: Lalo Schifrin Born June 21, 1932

Week of June 13, 2011
Event: New York Jazz Museum Opens

Birthday: Marcus Miller Born June 14, 1959

Week of June 06, 2011
Event: Jelly Roll Morton Records "Jelly Roll Blues" As a Piano Solo

Birthday: Bill Watrous Born June 08, 1939

Week of May 30, 2011
Event: 1962 Bandleader Benny Goodman Leads The First American Jazz Band to Play In The Soviet Union

Birthday: Benny Goodman Born May 30, 1909

Week of May 23, 2011
Event: "In a Precursor to Outdoor Rock Festivals, Ray Charles and B.B. King Perform For 9,000 Fans in Atlanta

Birthday: Miles Davis Born May 26, 1926

Week of May 16, 2011
Event: "When The Saints Go Marching In" Recorded by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra

Birthday: Woody Herman Born May 16, 1913

Week of May 2, 2011
Event: New York's Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center Announces Addition of Rock, Pop, and Jazz Concerts

Birthday: Maynard Ferguson Born May 4, 1928

Week of April 25, 2011
Event: At Decca Studios Charlie Parker Made His First Commercial Recording April 30, 1941

Birthday: Duke Ellington Born April 29, 1899

Week of April 18, 2011
Event: Pipeless Organ Patented by Laurens Hammond April 24, 1934

Birthday: Tito Puente Born April 20, 1923

Week of April 4, 2011
Event: Herp Alpert Born April 4, 1939

Birthday: Freddie Hubbard Born April 7, 1938

Week of March 28, 2011
Birthday: Michael Brecker Born March 29, 1949

Birthday: Herp Alpert Born March 31, 1935

Week of March 14, 2011
Event: Joseph Haydn's Surprise Symphony Is Performed for the First Time March 23, 1792

Birthday: Johann Sebastian Bach Born March 21, 1685

Week of March 7, 2011
Event: Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians Recorded Auld Lang Syne March 7, 1939

Birthday: Leon Bismark (Bix) Beiderbecke March 10, 1903

Week of February 28, 2011
Event: Miles Davis Records "Kind of Blue" on Columbia Records March 2, 1959
Birthday: Frédéric Chopin Marc 1, 1810

Week of February 21, 2011
Event: Duke Ellington Records "The Queen's Suite"
Birthday: Dexter Gordon February 27, 1923

Week of February 14, 2011
Event: Sonny Rollins Records his Title Track "The Bridge" February 14, 1962
Birthday: Buddy DeFranco February 17, 1923

Week of February 7, 2011
Event: Rhapsody in Blue is Performed for the First Time February 12, 1924
Birthday: Marion "Buddy" Childers February 12, 1926

Week of January 31, 2011
Event: Frank Sinatra Debuts on Radio's "Your Hit Parade" February 6, 1943
Birthday: Stanley "Stan" Getz February 2, 1927

Week of January 24, 2011
Event: Original Dixieland Jazz Band Makes the First Jazz Record January 30, 1917
Birthday: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart January 27, 1756

 



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