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Today in Music: Stevie Ray’s birthday and Woody Guthrie’s bound for glory.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Among the many nationwide who celebrate their birthday’s today are three blues greats:  Albert Collins, born in Leona Texas in 1932, in 1951 Keb’ Mo’  born in LA and Stevie Ray Vaughan born in Dallas in 1954. Of the three, Stevie Ray appears more prominently in my music library.   I started listening to Stevie in either 1984 or 85, I can’t remember whether I bought Soul to Soul or Couldn’t Stand the Weather first, but I do know that he was one of the artists that got me through the Raffi, Sharon,Lois and Bram years!!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 22 years since he died in that helicopter crash, on August 27, 1990, From his website:

 Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the loss of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Given the magnitude of Stevie’s recorded legacy, it’s hard to believe his career as a solo recording artist for Epic lasted only seven years. More

Historically, on October 3, in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the official Thanksgiving holiday and in 1967 writer, singer and folk icon Woody Guthrie died. I only have one vinyl collection of Woody’s music, but he has touched just about every American, with “This Land is Your Land”  I’ll post some Stevie Ray later but here’s Phil Och’s song “Bound for Glory” a great tribute to Woody…..