Stevie Ray Vaughan had a significant impact on both blues and rock music. He was renowned for his superb guitar abilities, heartfelt singing, and exhilarating performances that enthralled crowds all around the world. Vaughan’s playing and composition were so original that they inspired numerous other musicians. His approach was greatly influenced by blues legends like Albert King and Jimi Hendrix.
His entry into the music industry was swift but powerful, and he left behind many amazing tunes that will endure throughout the ages. And regrettably, there aren’t many videos of him. You can now watch rare footage of Stevie performing in 1986 as he warms up.
Be aware that Stevie Ray Vaughan is only warming up. Even the most skilled guitarists require a few minutes before they are ready to play, but SRV is an exception. He may just enter the stage, where he can begin instantly shredding brilliantly. It’s nearly unearthly, for real!
He also once said, “I really have been wanting to sit down in my room and play, because that’s what started it, that’s like going back to square one. I’m starting to remember that some of the biggest doors that have been opened in my life have sometimes been the hardest things to do.”
He was killed in a helicopter crash in East Troy, Wisconsin, on the morning of August 27, 1990. After a concert by Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, and his older brother Jimmie Vaughan the day before at the Alpine Valley Music Theater, SRV went on to perform there as well.
Stevie saw an open seat in a chopper with some of Clapton’s crew and chose to board. The musicians had access to four aircraft. Due to the cloudy sky and dense fog, Stevie’s helicopter made a mistake turn and collided with a ski slope. One of the finest representatives of Blues-Rock had died, and there were no survivors.
Despite his untimely death in 1990, SRV’s music continues to be celebrated and revered by fans and fellow musicians alike, cementing his legacy as one of the most important figures in music history.