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There are some musicians that you never forget the very first time you heard them play. Robert Johnson and B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Charlie Parker, the Beatles and Ornette Coleman are all that way for me. The memory of hearing each one of these visionary artists for the very first time is so vivid—I will never forget exactly where I was and the circumstances surrounding that initial introduction and the impact that it had on me. Experiences like these leave an indelible mark. Stevie Ray Vaughan is one of the musicians on this list.

—Alan Paul. “Texas Flood.”


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