Who was the American blues rock artist in the photo?
Stephen Ray Vaughan (10/3/1954-8/27/1990, born in Dallas, Texas) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the guitarist and frontman of the blues-rock trio Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Although his mainstream career only spanned seven years, he is considered an icon and one of the most influential musicians in the history of blues music, and one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
He was not only a guitarist but he was also a vocalist. His genres included blues, blues rock, electric blues and Texas blues. Some of his associated acts included Double Trouble, The Vaughan Brothers and Davis Bowie.
In 1982, David Bowie contacted him for a studio gig, resulting in Stevie playing his blues guitar on the album 'Let's Dance' (1983). Within months, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble achieved mainstream success. With a series of successful network television appearances and extensive concert tours, Vaughan became the leading figure in the blues revival of the 1980s.
His fourth and final album, 'In Step' reached number 33 in the US in 1989; it was one of Vaughan's most critically acclaimed and commercially successful releases and included his only number-one hit, "Crossfire".
In 1990, Vaughan and four others were killed in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin. An investigation concluded that the cause was pilot error. Vaughan's family later filed a wrongful death lawsuit that was settled out of court.