Where were you when you first heard Stevie Ray Vaughan‘s killer guitar playing on David Bowie’s 1983 hit single, “Let’s Dance”? It was definitely the type of thing that caught your ear, because you sure as shit didn’t hear much Albert King-style soloing on commercial radio up until that point.
According to Texas Flood, a new book on SRV by coauthors Alan Paul and Andy Aledort, the sound of Stevie Ray doing his best Albert impression also caught Eric Clapton off guard.
“I was driving, and ‘Let’s Dance’ came on the radio,” Slowhand is quoted as saying in Chapter 13. “I stopped my car and said, ‘I have to know who this guitar player is today. Not tomorrow, but today.’ This has only happened to me three or four times ever, and probably not for anyone in between Duane Allman and Stevie.”
Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan (St. Martin’s Press, 343 pages) is jam-packed with interviews, rare photos, and thoroughly researched insights into the life and music of the Texas guitar wizard. Alan Paul is also noted for his previous music book, One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band.