10 Legendary Acts That Wouldn't Exist Without B.B. King

From Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan, King's impact is large and undeniable

Stevie and Jimmie Ray Vaughan
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Stevie and Jimmie Ray Vaughan

Jimmie Vaughan's relatively straightforward yet emotionally fulfilling guitar style, from his days in the Fabulous Thunderbirds to his later solo career, was informed in large part by B.B. King's work in the Fifties and early Sixties. "The first time I got some money," Jimmie said, "I went down to the record store and bought all the albums by B.B. King." Jimmie, along with Albert King, would be the primary musical influence on younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan, whose swinging virtuosity would spark yet another American blues revival. Stevie Ray's death in a 1990 helicopter crash "devastated" B.B. King, who said he felt like he had "lost part of myself" in the tragedy, adding, "The world had lost the man destined to become the greatest guitarist in the history of the blues."

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