American blues rock guitarist and singer, Jimmie Vaughan turns 64 today (born March 20, 1951) – the older brother of the late Texas blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. Stevie credits Jimmie for him learning the guitar, by “stealing away” his older brothers guitar when it was not in use!
Influences such as Freddie King, Albert King, BB King, and Johnny “Guitar” Watson – in time gave rise to his own easily recognized personal style
At 16, Jimmie joined The Chessman, who eventually became a sought after band, eventually opening concerts in Dallas for Jimi Hendrix.
He formed The Fabulous Thunderbirds with singer and harpist Kim Wilson, bassist Keith Ferguson, and drummers Mike Buck and Fran Christina, releasing their first album Girls Go Wild in 1979. Vaughan left the band after 7 albums in 1989, and made his only “duo album”, Family Style, with younger brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Before the album’s release, Stevie Ray died in a helicopter crash along with three members of Eric Clapton’s entourage in East Troy, Wisconsin, on August 27, 1990. The blues-influenced rock album was released a month after the accident, with the artist listed on the album as “The Vaughan Brothers”, with Jimmie singing on several tracks.
In 1994, Jimmie Vaughan released his first solo album Strange Pleasure. The album contained the track “Six Strings Down” – a song dedicated to the memory of his brother. He has continued his solo career since then, recording and performing live.
Since 1997 Fender has produced a Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Stratocaster.
Vaughan appeared in the film Blues Brothers 2000 (released in1998) as a member of the fictional “Louisiana Gator Boys” blues band led by BB King.