On July 10, 1987, John Henry Hammond II died aged 76. He was record producer, music critics, civil rights activist, and music scout, one of the most influential figures in 20th-century modern music. As “Columbia Records” company executive and as a record producer, he supported numerous musical careers, including those of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Benny Goodman, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Freddie Green, Leonard Cohen, Arthur Russell, Harry James, Charlie Christian, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Teddy Wilson, Big Joe Turner, Pete Seeger, Babatunde Olatunji, Jim Copp, Asha Puthli, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Mike Bloomfield. He also initiated the revival of delta blues legend Robert Johnson’s music. He is the father of blues musician John P. Hammond.
On December 26, 2017, James Burns died aged 65. He was television producer and writer, best known as co-creator (with Robert Small) of “MTV Unplugged”. The show originally aired on “MTV” from 1989 to 1999, featured well-known musicians performing acoustic versions of their songs, among the others Elton John, Aerosmith, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Nirvana, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, LL Cool J, and 10,000 Maniacs.
On September 30, 1985, “Epic” label released “Soul to Soul” the third Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble studio album. It was recorded March–May 1985, at “Dallas Sound Lab”, in Dallas, Texas, and was produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and Richard Mullen.
- Stevie Ray Vaughan– guitar, vocals, drums
- Tommy Shannon– bass, vocals
- Chris Layton– drums, vocals
- Reese Wynans– keyboards, vocals
- Joe Sublett– saxophone
- Executive producer– John H. Hammond
- Engineer– Richard Mullen
- Assistant engineer – Ron Cote
- Cover art– Holland MacDonald
All tracks by Stevie Ray Vaughan, except where noted.
- Say What!
- Lookin’ Out the Window – Doyle Bramhall
- Look at Little Sister – Hank Ballard
- Ain’t Gone ‘n’ Give Up on Love
- Gone Home – Eddie Harris
- Change It – Bramhall
- You’ll Be Mine – Willie Dixon
- Empty Arms
- Come On (Part III) – Earl King
- Life Without You
On June 13, 1983, “Epic” label released “Texas Flood”, the debut Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble album. It was recorded in November 1982, at “Down Town Studio” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and Richard Mullen. “Texas Flood” was certified 2 x Platinum in the US by the “RIIA”, and platinum in Canada by “Music Canada”.
- Stevie Ray Vaughan– guitar, vocals
- Tommy Shannon– bass
- Chris Layton– drums
- John H. Hammond – executive producer
- Mikie Harris – production assistant
- Richard Mullen, James Geddes, Lincoln Clapp – engineer
- Lincoln Clapp, Don Wershba, Harry Spiridakis – mixing
- Ken Robertson – mastering
- Brad Holland – cover art
- Don Hunstein – tray card photo
- John Berg, Allen Weinberg – art direction
- Love Struck Baby – Stevie Ray Vaughan
- Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughan
- Texas Flood – Larry Davis, Joseph Wade Scott
- Tell Me – Howlin’ Wolf
- Testify – Ronald Isley,O’Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley
- Rude Mood – Stevie Ray Vaughan
- Mary Had a Little Lamb – Buddy Guy
- Dirty Pool – Doyle Bramhall, Stevie Ray Vaughan
- I’m Cryin’ – Stevie Ray Vaughan
- Lenny – Stevie Ray Vaughan
On April 14, 1983, “EMI” label released “Let’s Dance”, the eighteen David Bowie studio album. It was recorded at “Power Station” in New York, and was produced by Nile Rodgers and David Bowie. With sale of more than 11 million copies, “Let’s Dance” became Bowie’s best sold album ever. In 2013, “NME” magazine ranked the album at number 296 in its list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
- David Bowie– lead vocals, horn arrangements
- Carmine Rojas– bass guitar
- Omar Hakim, Tony Thompson– drums
- Nile Rodgers– guitar, horn arrangements
- Stevie Ray Vaughan– lead guitar
- Rob Sabino– keyboards
- Mac Gollehon – trumpet
- Stan Harrison– tenor saxophone, flute
- Robert Aaron– tenor saxophone
- Steve Elson– baritone saxophone, flute
- Sammy Figueroa– percussion
- Frank Simms, George Simms, David Spinner – backing vocals
- Bernard Edwards– bass guitar
- Bob Clearmountain, Nile Rodgers, David Bowie – engineering, mixing
- Bob Ludwig– mastering
All tracks by David Bowie, except where noted.
- Modern Love
- China Girl – Iggy Pop, David Bowie
- Let’s Dance
- Without You
- Criminal World – Peter Godwin, Duncan Browne, Sean Lyons
- Cat People (Putting Out fire) – David Bowie, Giorgio Moroder
- Shake It
On December 28, 1976, Freddie King died aged 42. Being guitarist and singer his music roots were from Chicago and Texas blues and he is often mentioned as one of “the Three Kings” of electric blues guitar along with Albert King and B.B. King. Freddie King was one of the first bluesmen to have a multi-racial backing band at live performances. His biggest successes were singles “Have You Ever Loved a Woman” (1960) and “Hide Away” (1961).King inspired many famous musicians including Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia,Peter Green, Dickey Betts and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In 2012 Freddie King was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”.