OK everybody all together now – whose birthday is it today – what’s that you say?? Keb’ Mo’?? Well, you are correct. He was born in 1951 (a familiar year) but does that look like Keb’ Mo’, at the top of this post? No it does not! This is Keb’ Mo’, Of course the other blues man who was born on this day, but in 1954, is one of the best blues rock musicians, as opposed to the acoustic blues of Keb’ Mo’, and one of my favorites Stevie Ray Vaughan….from Wikipedia….
Stephen Ray Vaughan was born on October 3, 1954, at Methodist Hospital in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Texas, as the younger brother of Jimmie Vaughan. His father, Jimmie Lee “Big Jim” Vaughan, was an asbestos worker whose job often forced the family to move to different cities, while his mother, Martha Jean (Cook) Vaughan, worked as a secretary…. . …After trying to play the drums and saxophone, Vaughan received his first guitar for his seventh birthday: a plastic toy from Sears with a western motif. He recalled, “It had gut strings and it was one of them—not Gene Autry or a Roy Rogers—but it was made out of Masonite, with the little stencils on it, you know?” Among the first songs Vaughan learned were “Wine, Wine, Wine” and “Thunderbird” by The Nightcaps, a Dallas garage rock band, along with Jimmy Reed’s “Baby What You Want Me to Do”. With no interest in formal music training, Vaughan studied by ear and played along to Jimmie’s records by such blues musicians as Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Albert King and B.B. King. In 1963, he purchased his first record, Lonnie Mack’s “Wham!”, after asking the record store clerk for the “wildest guitar record” they had; Mack soon became a prominent influence on Vaughan. Upon listening to Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”, he also became another significant influence on Vaughan’s style.
Boy, do we all still wish that Stevie Ray was still with us! Damn that helicopter! Anyway as I thought about Stevie Ray this morning the one song that popped into my head after I dismissed “The House is a Rockin'” and Tightrope” was “Pride and Joy” which is one of my favorites and since the song wouldn’t leave the jukebox in my mind once it was there… I thought, well, I guess that has to be the song to use…. So here’s Stevie and the great Albert King with “Pride and Joy” — “She’s my sweet little thing……” Happy Birthday Stevie – We still miss you!! and Happy Birthday to you to Keb’ Mo’ and everyone else whose birthday is today!! Hey, as a friend of mine send it’s my birthday week!!