Stevie Ray Vaughan--30 Years Gone

He Died August 27, 1990

August 27, 2020
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By all accounts, it was an epic concert. Stevie Ray Vaughan was joined on stage by blues rock luminaries including Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, and his brother Jimmie. Unfortunately, it was followed by tragedy.

Here's a look back at Stevie Ray Vaughan's life, including appearances in Madison.

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Sept. 3, 1954  Stevie Ray Vaughan is born in Dallas, TX

1970: Quits his job at a burger joint called Dairy Mart when he falls into a vat of grease

1971: Moves to Austin

1972: Joins a band called Krackerjack. Quits after the lead singer suggests he wear makeup on stage

1973: Stevie Ray Vaughan finds a beat-up 1959 Stratocaster at Ray's Music Exchange in Austin. He names it Number 1.

1974: Joins the Cobras

1977: Forms the Triple Threat Revue

1980: Renames his band Double Trouble

1982: David Bowie invites him to play on his Let's Dance album. Using studio time donated by Jackson Browne, records Texas Flood in two days

1984: Releases Couldn't Stand the Weather. Plays Summerfest in Milwaukee July 3       
1985: Plays the Madison Civic Center December 9

1986: Goes into rehab in London; 16 shows canceled

1987: Plays the Madison Civic Center May 15, 1987

1988: Plays the Dane County Expo Center Fairgrounds for Festival of the Lakes (Sept 3) with opener Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Jimmie Vaughan

1989:Plays at an inaugural party for George H.W. Bush
         Releases In Step June 6 (first album made without drugs)
         Tours North America with Jeff Beck (plays the Mecca in Milwaukee Oct. 27)

1990 --Goes on tour with Joe Cocker
        Plays 2 nights at Alpine Valley with Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray (Aug. 25 and 26)
        Shortly after midnight on August 27, Stevie Ray Vaughan is killed, along with the pilot and three members of Eric Clapton's entourage when his helicopter crashes into a fog-shrouded hill
         Aug. 31 Stevie Ray is buried at a private ceremony in Dallas. Mourners included Billy Gibbons, Stevie Wonder, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Ringo Starr, and Dr. John. Outside the chapel, more than 3,000 fans gathered to say goodbye.

2015- John Mayer inducts Steve Ray Vaughan into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.