Today in Music History: RIP Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan's grave
On this day, 19 years ago, two things happened. First, I turned 14. Not a big deal, really. The second thing is more important. Just after midnight on August 27th, 1990, the helicopter carrying Stevie Ray Vaughan crashed into a hill, ending the legendary blues man’s reign as greatest living guitarist. Fortunately for us he left his music behind. So let’s take a few minutes and pay tribute to the king of Texas blues, and my favorite guitar player of all time.

“Rude Mood”, unplugged, on an effing 12-string

“Texas Flood” (technically a Lenny Davis cover, but it’s one of Stevie’s signature tunes)

“Little Wing” (Jimi Hendrix cover)

“Superstition” (Stevie Wonder cover)


  1. Jeff Iaconis’s avatar

    I was born only 5 days after Stevie, always felt a connection with the man. Never saw him, however, I did have a chance to see him with Jeff Beck in 1990 and decided not to go because of school. I thought I would see him the next time, sometimes there is no next time I have regretted that choice since then. I did however come across a youtube video of Stevie and Jeff playing “Going Down” nothing against Jeff he is great however on that night Stevie was the best 6 string player on the planet…

  2. jerry williams’s avatar

    i have loved stevie’s music all my life.i never met him i wish i did .there is say in my family that we are related some how,not confurmed!but there is vaughan’s in our family simitary in vinita oklahoma.he is and will always be the blues master to me.

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