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Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Legacy — 25 Years After His Death

Texas blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash on this date 25 years ago. He was on tour with Eric Clapton, and had just left a performance at Alpine Valley Resort in Wisconsin, when the helicopter crashed into a ski slope in heavy fog. Vaughan, three crew members, and […]

Home Today Gone Tomorrow Book CoverTexas blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash on this date 25 years ago. He was on tour with Eric Clapton, and had just left a performance at Alpine Valley Resort in Wisconsin, when the helicopter crashed into a ski slope in heavy fog. Vaughan, three crew members, and the pilot died instantly.

While his life was cut far too short, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s music endures. Earlier this year, he was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. In acceptance, his brother Jimmie credited Stevie, who had achieved sobriety in 1986, with having a positive effect on his life off stage. He said  “Big brother showed little brother how to play guitar first…but little brother showed me how to get clean and sober.” And that’s part of Vaughan’s story: he proved you don’t have to drink or do drugs to play the Blues. He inspired his brother – and others around him – to follow.

And then, that helicopter crash.

News 88.7’s Ed Mayberry has this look at Stevie Ray Vaughan’s music and legacy.

MORE:
Mark Proct’s Photo Book Home Today Gone Tomorrow
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire, by Joe Nick Patoski and Bill Crawford

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