Stevie Ray Vaughan's legend lives on 27 years after death

August 27, 2017


Before the last song of the last show

of a two-night stand at Alpine Valley Music Theatre

on August 25th & 26th in 1990

guitar legend Eric Clapton stepped up to the microphone...

"I'd like to bring out to join me, in truth 

the best guitar players in the entire world:

Buddy Guy - Stevie Ray Vaughan

Robert Cray - Jimmie Vaughan"


The group lit into an extended jam

of the classic "Sweet Home Chicago"

with 40,000 people soaking up blistering guitar licks

as the performers traded vocals


Shortly after midnight on Aug. 27, 1990 — 27 years ago

four helicopters left Alpine Valley for Chicago

carrying performers and crew members...Three made it

The other flew barely a half-mile

before crashing into a ski slope

Among the five dead:

~ Stevie Ray Vaughan — 35 years old

newly sober, on the cusp of real stardom

and already considered

one of the greatest electric guitarists who ever lived

~ Robert Brooks - Clapton`s agent

   at Creative Artists Agency of Beverly Hills, California

~ Colin Smythe - A Clapton tour manager

~ Nigel Browne - A Clapton bodyguard

~ Jeff Brown - The Pilot


"After he cleaned himself up, by 1990,

he was back to playing guitar in a ferocious way.

The tour shows with Eric Clapton are legendary...

Who knows what he would have done next."

said Jason Hanley - Senior Director of Education

for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Stevie Ray Vaughan

is the latest in a lengthy list of musicians

killed in aviation accidents over many decades

Other victims have included

~ rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper

~ rhythm and blues artist Otis Redding

~ folk and rock singerJim Croce

~ actor, musician, and singer-songwriter Rick Nelson

After the crash

Vaughan's music quickly sold out

in local record stores

Two subsequent posthumous albums

"Family Style" with his older brother Jimmie in 1990

and studio outtakes collection "The Sky is Crying" in 1991 

debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard charts


To this day, you can hear Vaughan's influence

when modern-day guitar masters

like John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. wail

Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Double Trouble band

consisting of

~ Stevie Ray Vaughan

~ Chris Layton (drums)

~ Tommy Shannon (bass)

~ Reese Wynans (keyboards)

were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

on April 19th of 2015

Making sure

Stevie Ray's work will be honored and preserved 

Stevie Ray Vaughan's legacy lives on...

and on...

and on...and on...





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