Today is the 25th Anniversary of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Death – [Video]
It's a sad day in music history as today, August 27th 2015 is the 25th Anniversary of Stevie Ray Vaughan's death.
Stevie Ray Vaughan was a rocking American powerhouse of a guitarist who gave blues a burst of momentum in the '80s, with his influence still being felt long after his tragic death.
Stevie was born and raised in Dallas and began playing guitar at the age of seven, inspired by his older brother Jimmie. In 1971 he dropped out of high school, and moved to Austin. There, he formed Triple Threat Revue, before renaming the band Double Trouble.
He gained fame after his performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982, and in 1983 his debut studio album, Texas Flood, charted at number 38. The ten-song album was a commercially successful release that sold over half a million copies. After achieving sobriety in late 1986, he headlined concert tours with Jeff Beck in 1989 and Joe Cocker in 1990. - Wikipedia
Stevie's career was on a major upswing just before his death in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990, at the age of 35.
Eerily, on the morning of the crash that took his life, Vaughan told his band and crew members about a horrible nightmare in which he was at his own funeral and saw thousands of mourners. Moments later, Peter Jackson, Clapton's tour manager, said that the weather was getting worse and they had to leave soon. According to Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton, Vaughan's last words to him were, 'I love ya.'
Enjoy some of Stevie's greatest songs!