This song shows the influence Lonnie Mack had on Stevie Ray Vaughan, the fast chicken pickin' style that Stevie picked up came from listening to the first record he ever owned: "Wham!" by Lonnie Mack.
Devin from San FranciscoOn the studio album version of this song Stevie uses mostly bends (string bends on the guitar) to play the main riff of this song, but when he performed the song live he used slides to play the main riff. Some claim that he did this to reduce strain on his fretting hand during tours.
"St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" was not written for the movie, but for Rick Hanson, a wheelchair athlete whose 1985 "Man In Motion" tour logged 24,856 miles on his wheelchair in 34 countries while raising $26 million for spinal cord research.