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Stevie Ray Vaughan | In The Memory Of Great Blues Guitarist

Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 -- August 27, 1990), born in Dallas, Texas, was an American blues guitarist. His broad appeal made him one of the world's most influential electric blues guitarists. In 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Stevie Ray Vaughan #7 in their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He was the younger brother of Jimmie Vaughan.

On August 25 and 26, 1990, Vaughan and Double Trouble played shows at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin. At the end of the show, Eric Clapton introduced Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, and Jimmie Vaughan, along with Stevie Ray Vaughan. All of the musicians played a 15-minute rendition of "Sweet Home Chicago". After the song ended, all the guitarists hugged and went backstage.

Double Trouble drummer, Chris Layton, recalls his last conversation with Vaughan backstage. He then remembers Vaughan saying he had to call his girlfriend, Janna Lapidus, back in Chicago. He headed out the door to the helicopters.

The musicians expected a long bus ride back to Chicago. Vaughan was informed that three seats were open on one of the helicopters returning to Chicago with Clapton's crew, enough for Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, and Jimmie Vaughan's wife Connie. It turned out there was only one seat left, which Stevie Ray Vaughan requested from his brother, who obliged. Taking off into deep fog, the helicopter crashed moments later into a ski slope on the side of a hill within the Alpine Valley Resort. Vaughan, the pilot, and two members of Clapton's crew died on impact. No one realized that the crash had occurred until the helicopter failed to arrive in Chicago, and the wreckage was only found with the help of its locator beacon. The main cause of the crash was believed to be pilot error. The next morning Stevie Ray Vaughan's brother Jimmie and good friend Eric Clapton were called to identify the bodies.

The media initially reported that Vaughan and his band had been killed in the crash. Chris Layton saw this on the news and had security let him into Vaughan's motel room. Layton saw that the bed was made and the clock radio was playing the Eagles' song, "Peaceful, Easy Feeling", which includes the lyrics "I may never see you again". Layton and Shannon then called their families to let them know they were okay.

Stevie Ray Vaughan is interred in the Laurel Land Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas.
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Studio albums
1. Texas Flood (1983)
2. Couldn't Stand the Weather (1984)
3. Soul to Soul (1985)
4. In Step (1989)
5. Family Style (with brother Jimmie Vaughan as "The Vaughan Brothers", 1990)
6. The Sky Is Crying (posthumous compilation) (1991)

Official live audio releases
1. In the Beginning (recorded 1980)
2. In Session (with Albert King, recorded 1983)
3. Live at Carnegie Hall (recorded 1984)
4. Live Alive (recorded 1985 and 1986)
5. Live At Montreux 1982 & 1985 (recorded 1982 & 1985)
6. Live At The El Mocambo (recorded 1983)
7. Live From Austin, Texas (Recorded from concerts of 1983 and 1989)
8. Live in Tokyo (Recorded on January 24, 1985)

1. Greatest Hits (1995)
2. The Real Deal: Greatest Hits Volume 2 (1999)
3. Blues at Sunrise (2000)
4. SRV (box set, with early recordings, rarities, hits, and live material) (2000)
5. The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (2002)
6. Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues - Stevie Ray Vaughan (2003)
7. The Real Deal: Greatest Hits Volume 1 (2006)

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