Rock History Stevie Ray Vaughan

The World Remembers Stevie Ray Vaughan

The music world would never be the same. On August 27, 1990 it was learned that the helicopter boarded by Stevie Ray Vaughan at Alpine Valley ski resort after a star studded blues event had crashed and stunned everyone like a sudden jab to the jaw. Though this was not the first time Texas had lost a beloved musician in such a fashion, and flashbacks to Buddy Holly were prominent, it never gets easier to lose an icon. In Austin, stores and other businesses flew grief-torn flags. Fans were drawn to Zilker Park, the same place a vigil had been held ten years earlier on the night that John Lennon was murdered. Shrines were made with photos and other artifacts. The sound of Vaughan’s crying guitar could be heard ringing out in the night sky through a P.A. system put together on the site. The world, heartbroken, mourned.

Stevie Ray Vaughan will always have a very special place in the hearts of blues fans. An incredible showman and an even more unbelievable guitarist, Stevie Ray Vaughan was a shooting star like few others. As much as the music world loved him for his musicianship, those that knew him best loved him even more as a man, admiring him as a great person. We still mourn the loss of this incredible bluesman but are incredible thankful for the music that he’s left behind. Let’s all do a “cold shot” in honor of the man, the legend, Stevie Ray Vaughan.

And here’s what else happened this week in rock history…

Born this Week in Rock History

Danny Seraphine: August 28, 1948 (drums, Chicago)
Sterling Morrison: August 29th, 1942 (guitar, The Velvet Underground)
Michael Jackson: August 29th, 1958 (vocals, The Jackson Five)
Dinah Washington: August 29, 1924 (jazz and blues vocalist)
“Papa” John Phillips: August 30, 1935 (vocals, The Mamas & the Papas)
Van Morrison: August 31, 1945 (rock singer-songwriter)


Died this Week in Rock History

Stevie Ray Vaughan: August 27, 1990 (vocals and guitar, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble)
Jimmy Reed: August 29, 1976 (blues vocalist and guitarist)
Sterling Morrison: August 30th, 1995: (guitar, The Velvet Underground)


Music releases and top of the charts

The Doors’ “Hello, I Love You” is certified gold: August 28th, 1968
Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water” is certified gold: August 28, 1973
Cream’s LP Fresh Cream enters the charts: August 31, 1968
The Rolling Stones, “Street Fighting Man” was released: August 31st, 1968
Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Live And Let Die” is certified gold: August 31, 1974
Metallica by Metallica hits #1: August 31, 1991
The Who’s “I’m a Boy” hits #2 on the charts: September 1, 1966
U2 release their first record, the U2-3 EP: September 1, 1979


And here is the good stuff…This week in rock History!

Peter, Paul, and Mary perform “Blowin’ in the Wind” prior to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream Speech” at the Lincoln Memorial: August 28, 1963

The Rolling Stones sign with Decca Records, who famously turned down another popular rock and roll band: The Beatles. August 28th, 1965

Three men try to steal Elvis Presley’s corpse from a mausoleum in Memphis. They are arrested, and the body is soon moved to Graceland. We guess that the three perpetrators were singing Jailhouse Rock that night: August 29, 1977

Two weeks after Woodstock, the 2nd annual Isle of Wright Festival occurs in England. The show featured Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, The Nice, The Who, and others: August 30, 1969

The Doors officially break up, and probably should have already done so when they lost frontman Jim Morrison: August 30, 1973

The Late Show with David Letterman premieres, featuring musical guest Billy Joel, the Piano Man: August 30th, 1993

“Hey Jude” by The Beatles debuts at #10 on the Billboard charts, a record breaker at the time: August 31st, 1968

Traffic perform their last show at the Reading Festival: August 31, 1974

A memorial service is held for blues giant Stevie Ray Vaughan. Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, and Stevie Wonder sing a gut-wrenching version of “Amazing Grace”: August 31, 1990

Boz Scaggs rejoins The Steve Miller Band: September 1, 1967

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