I was lucky enough to see him once, and he was beyond amazing. With his astonishingly accomplished guitar playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan ignited the blues revival of the '80s.
Picking up a plastic Sears guitar at the age of 10, he was playing in clubs by high school. In 1982, he and his band "Double Trouble", 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, and everybody was learning about this guitar player from Austin Texas.
His big break came when he played guitar on David Bowie's "Let's Dance "album, which led to a record deal, Grammy nominations, sold out concerts and eventually, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He was incredibly gifted and made it look so easy. One of my favorite videos is him playing "Look At Little Sister" in Austin back in 1989. Mid solo, his guitar string breaks, and he makes the smoothest transition from one guitar to another. Even the crowd notices and erupts in applause!