1990 – Stevie Ray Vaughan dies

One of the all time guitar greats, Stevie Ray Vaughan began his career working with smaller bands, but grew to such popularity and renown that he was soon able to front his own band, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.

On the night of August 26, 1990, Vaughan played at a concert in East Troy, Wisconsin. The event was a sellout, and Vaughan’s loyal fans were treated to an encore guitar jam featuring Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan and of course, Stevie himself.

But shortly thereafter, Vaughan was involved in a helicopter crash that claimed his life. He was only 35 years old, and his death inspired a large number of musical tributes. He would have liked that.

Referenced in:
SRV — Eric Johnson
Jibboom — Steve Vai
Big Stratocaster — Wayne Perkins
Stevie’s Blues — Tommy Emmanuel
Stevie Ray’s Blues — Stevie Wonder
Six Strings Down — Jimmie Vaughan