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"
Released June 13, 1983 (1983-06-13) (album)
Format 7-inch 45 rpm record
Recorded Down Town Studio, Los Angeles November 24, 1982
Genre Electric blues, blues rock
Length 3:41
Label Epic
Writer(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 live repertoire before he recorded it. According to Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton, Vaughan wrote it for a new girlfriend at the time (a later fight with her inspired his "I'm Cryin'").[1]

Well, you've heard about love givin' sight to the blind
My baby's lovin' cause the sun to shine
She's my sweet little thing, she's my pride and joy
She's my sweet little baby, I'm her little lover boy


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]

Charts and influence[edit]

Vaughan's song was released as a single and reached number 20 in Billboard magazine's Mainstream Rock chart.[4] Bonnie Raitt[5] and the Charlie Daniels Band have recorded renditions of the song. The music video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock includes a cover version. Vaughan album Texas Flood was also a best seller and helped renew interest in blues music.[6]


  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. ^ "Texas Flood – Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ Phares, Heather. "A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan – Album review". AllMusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Texas Flood – Album review". Allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved August 22, 2013.