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Technically, Jimmie Vaughan put an album on the charts before his ultimately more celebrated younger blues-guitarist brother, Stevie Ray, did. Both came from Dallas and were inspired by all the blues-guitar kings (B.B., Albert and Freddie); Jimmie even opened for Jimi Hendrix once before putting together '70s bands in Austin with his brother and others. Mid-decade, though, Jimmie and three buddies formed the Fabulous Thunderbirds. They signed to Chrysalis, where they put out four albums, one of which -- 1981's Butt Rockin' -- reached No. 176 on Billboard. Stevie didn't chart until 1983. And when the Thunderbirds moved to Columbia, they had an actual Top 10 pop hit with 1986's "Tuff Enuff." Stevie Ray's solo career took off as well, but in August 1990 he died in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin; two months later, the Vaughan Brothers' Family Style came out and wound up the highest-charting album of either sibling's career. Jimmie took a hiatus from music at that point. But in 1994, he returned with the solo album Strange Pleasure, his first of several. He has since expanded his endeavors into the film world, contributing to the movies Great Balls of Fire and Blues Brothers 2000.
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