Anniversary Of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Death
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN, the legendary blues guitarist, died 20 years today when his helicopter crashed in Wisconsin. On August 30th 1990 - three days after the tragic accident - Vaughan was buried close to his father's grave in Oak Cliff, Texas. The singer had just finished a co-headlining tour with ERIC CLAPTON when the helicopter that he and some of Clapton's entourage boarded got into difficulty and crashed, killing everyone aboard.
After beating a potentially life-threatening alcohol and drug habit, Vaughan went on to record the GRAMMY AWARD winning album 'In Step', released in 1989, which resulted in a resurgence in the popularity for blues music across the world. His band, DOUBLE TROUBLE, released their acclaimed debut album 'Texas Flood' in 1983, after famously turning down the chance to tour with DAVID BOWIE. In the years since his passing, Vaughan has been remembered for his iconic licks, and his battered Fender Stratocaster guitar - an instrument that is now considered one of the most famous in rock history.
In 2000, Stevie Ray Vaughan was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and became eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008