On 27th Aug 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed when the helicopter he was flying in, hit a man-made ski slope while trying to navigate through dense fog. Vaughan had played a show at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin with Robert Cray & His Memphis Horns, and Eric Clapton. Vaughan was informed by a member of Clapton’s crew that three seats were open on a helicopter returning to Chicago with Clapton’s crew, it turned out there was only one seat left; Vaughan requested it from his brother, who obliged. Three members of Eric Clapton’s entourage were also killed. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Stevie Ray Vaughan #7 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarist’s of all time.

Stevie Ray Vaughan was buried at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas. Over 1,500 people, including Jimmie Vaughan and fellow musicians Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Buddy Guy and Jackson Browne, among others, attended the funeral. A Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Statue was dedicated at Auditorium Shores on Lady Bird Lake, where Vaughan played a number of shows throughout his career.

The cause of the helicopter accident was attributed to pilot negligence. Jeff Brown, a veteran airplane pilot had little experience operating a helicopter in inclement weather. In 1995 Jimmie and mother Martha Vaughan sued Omniflight for negligence. The family was awarded an undisclosed sum.

In Honor of the Late Stevie Ray Vaughan and some guy named Albert King…. : )

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