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“If Trouble Was Money” … he swears he would be a millionaire. Well, blues great Albert Collins — born Albert Gene Drewery in Leona, Texas, on this day in 1932 — did pretty well for himself in a long career during which he became known as the “master of the Telecaster.” Introduced to the guitar as a boy by his cousin Lightnin’ Hopkins, he went on to inspire the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Collins won a Grammy with Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland for their album 1986 “Showdown.” Here he is playing alongside Stevie Ray at a 1989 presidential inauguration concert. He died in 1993 at age 61.