Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan – In Session

With the Criticle Ear of an Audiophile I find it extremely difficult to determine between the Picker and the Plucker in this Session, as Albert and Little Stevie switch back and forth taking the lead so many times that it’s sometimes impossible to distuinguish between them unless seen of Video / U Tube …

But For the exceptional  Sharpness of Stevie’s Pic is just slightly distuinguishable from his mentor’s Plucking at times, yet when it’s heard without viewing the distinction is inperceptable …

And Praise Be to the Organist, Drummer and Bass as, if I was in their position, I might have ‘paid’ for the honor and privlege to contribute to such a great work … 

Albert King

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Albert King at the Liri Blues fest., Italy, in 1989
Background information
Birth name Albert King Nelson
Born April 25, 1923
Indianola, Mississippi, United States
Died December 21, 1992 (aged 69)
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Genres Blues
Occupation(s) Songwriter, musician, producer
Instruments Guitar, drums, vocals
Years active 1949–1992
Labels Stax, Parrot, Utopia Records
Notable instruments
Gibson Flying V

Albert King Nelson (April 25, 1923 – December 21, 1992), known professionally as Albert King, was an American blues guitarist and singer, and a major influence in the world of blues guitar playing. One of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” (along withB.B. King and Freddie King), he is perhaps best known for the 1967 single “Born Under a Bad Sign“.

King stood taller than average, with sources reporting 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) or 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m), and weighed a hefty 250 pounds (110 kg)[1] and was known as “The Velvet Bulldozer” due to his smooth singing and large size.

In May 2013, King was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. <SNIP>

Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Stevie Ray Vaughan.


Stevie Ray Vaughan performing on the television series Austin City Limits in 1989
Background information
Birth name Stephen Ray Vaughan
Born October 3, 1954
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Died August 27, 1990 (aged 35)
East Troy, Wisconsin, US
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Guitar
  • vocals
Years active 1965[1]–1990
Associated acts
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster

Stephen “Stevie” Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of blues music, and one of the most important figures in the revival of blues in the 1980s. AllMusic describes him as “a rocking powerhouse of a guitarist who gave blues a burst of momentum in the ’80s, with influence still felt long after his tragic death.”[2]

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Vaughan began playing guitar at the age of seven, inspired by his older brother Jimmie. In 1971 he dropped out of high school, and moved to Austin the following year. He played gigs with numerous bands, earning a spot in Marc Benno‘s band, the Nightcrawlers, and later with Denny Freeman in the Cobras, with whom he continued to work through late 1977. He then formed his own group, Triple Threat Revue, before renaming the band Double Trouble after hiring drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon. He gained fame after his performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982, and in 1983 his debut studio album, Texas Flood, charted at number 38. The ten-song album was a commercially successful release that sold over half a million copies. After achieving sobriety in late 1986, he headlined concert tours with Jeff Beck in 1989 and Joe Cocker in 1990 before his death in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990, at the age of 35.

Vaughan was inspired musically by American and British blues rock. He favored clean amplifiers with high volume and contributed to the popularity of vintage musical equipment. He often combined several different amplifiers together and used minimal effects pedals. Chris Gill of Guitar World commented: “Stevie Ray Vaughan’s guitar tone was as dry as a San Antonio summer and as sparkling clean as a Dallas debutante, the product of the natural sound of amps with ample clean headroom. However, Vaughan occasionally used pedals to augment his sound, mainly to boost the signal, although he occasionally employed a rotating speaker cabinet and wah pedals for added textural flair.”[3]

Vaughan received several music awards during his lifetime and posthumously. In 1983, readers of Guitar Player voted him as Best New Talent and Best Electric Blues Guitar Player. In 1984, the Blues Foundation named him Entertainer of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year, and in 1987, Performance Magazine honored him with Rhythm and Blues Act of the Year. Earning six Grammy Awards and ten Austin Music Awards, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2000, and the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2014. Rolling Stone ranked Vaughan as the twelfth greatest guitarist of all time.[4] In 2015, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[5]

One thought on “Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan – In Session

  1. LOL! think saw mess up around 7mins by Albert lol!
    Also amazing how Albert adjusts/tunes like nothings!
    Albert looks so proud of SRV at 22 almost 23 mins in.
    23.36 SRV gettin’ serious!
    Around 26 music brings about the best in all people Bliss!
    29:00 LOL!
    Then, Stormy Monday!
    46;00 🙂
    46:45 you can go ahead on
    50:00 one more! reminds me of my fitness trainer! One more! I was dying, One more!, One more!
    57:53ish Pride and Joy
    1:09 really compliment each other playing
    1:14 Albert filing nail LOL!
    1:23 🙂
    Awesome! Thank you GrayRider!

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