Pride and Joy (Stevie Ray Vaughan song)

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"Pride and Joy"
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Single by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
from the album Texas Flood
B-side"Rude Mood"
ReleasedJune 13, 1983 (1983-06-13) (album)
RecordedNovember 24, 1982
StudioDown Town, Los Angeles
GenreElectric blues, blues rock
Songwriter(s)Stevie Ray Vaughan
Producer(s)Stevie Ray Vaughan, Richard Mullen, and Double Trouble
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble singles chronology
"Pride and Joy"
"Couldn't Stand the Weather"

"Pride and Joy" is a song by Texas singer/guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and his backup band Double Trouble. It is an original composition by Vaughan and appeared on his 1983 Epic Records debut album Texas Flood. "Pride and Joy" was also released as Vaughan's first single and has become one of his best-known songs.


"Pride and Joy" was a feature of Vaughan's live repertoire before he recorded it. According to Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton, Vaughan wrote it for a new girlfriend at the time; somewhat ironically, a later fight with her inspired "I'm Cryin'".[1]


Called "a classic Texas shuffle",[2] it has a twelve-bar blues arrangement, notated in the key of E[2] (although with Vaughan's guitar tuned one-half step lower,[3] resulting in the pitch of E) in 4
time with a moderately fast tempo. The main guitar figure features a bassline along with muted chord chops to produce a percussive-like effect.[2] Vaughan also "extracts extra sound from the guitar by choosing finger shapes that allow the maximum number of strings to ring at a time (often the top E-string [E])".[2]


Vaughan's song was released as a single and reached number 20 on Billboard magazine's Mainstream Rock chart.[4]


  1. ^ Kitts, Jeff; Tolinski, Brad (2002). Guitar World Presents the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time!. Hal Leonard. p. 147. ISBN 978-0-634-04619-3.
  2. ^ a b c d Gregory, Hugh (2003). Roadhouse Blues: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Texas R&B. Backbeat Books. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-87930-747-9.
  3. ^ Marshall, Wolf (2008). Stuff! Good Guitar Players Should Know: An A-Z Guide to Getting Better. Hal Leonard. p. 129. ISBN 978-1423430087.
  4. ^ "Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Chart History – Mainstream Rock Songs". Retrieved September 21, 2019.