It’s been 27 years since Texas guitar great Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a Bell 206 helicopter crash in East Troy, Wis., on Aug. 27, 1990.
Before he died he played a final gig with Eric Clapton and Robert Cray at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre.
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Vaughan and Double Trouble’s set included hits like “Pride and Joy” and Crossfire” played with their textbook ferocity.
Clapton was the next and final act on the bill.
For Clapton’s final encore he brought Buddy Guy, Cray, and Stevie’s older brother Jimmie Vaughan out for one final jam. They played “Sweet Home Chicago”.
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Also killed in the crash into a hill near a ski resort were Clapton’s agent Bobby Brookes, bodyguard Nigel Browne and tour manager Colin Smythe.
Vaughan has influenced a generation of guitar players from Gary Clark Jr. to John Mayer, artists that pull from his all-too-short body of work. He will no doubt continue to captivate guitarists for decades to come.
He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2015 alongside Lou Reed, Green Day, Ringo Starr, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Bill Withers. Stevie Ray’s brother Jimmie accepted the induction on his behalf.
Vaughan and his band Double Trouble released the album “Texas Flood” in 1983, which Chron.com thinks is appropriate listening for this week in our part of the Lone Star State.
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For those who are thinking about the guitar slinger today here is a batch of photos of the hero from Dallas whose music career took off in the “live music capital of world” – Austin.
A statue of Vaughan stands on the south shore of Town Lake, on Lady Bird Lake Trail, in Austin with a guitar in hand, wearing a broad-brimmed hat, a serape, and cowboy boots as if he just stepped offstage.