Friday, August 27, 2010

R.I.P. S.R.V.

He wasn't the headliner, but some say Stevie Ray Vaughan stole the show that night 20 years ago today. His wailing Stratocaster and Texas brand of blues had people on their feet.

It would be the guitarist's last performance. At age 35 and with his career peaking, Vaughan was killed when the helicopter carrying him from Alpine Valley Music Theater crashed on takeoff in the fog.

Death came instantly early that morning of Aug. 27, 1990, yet it would be nearly six hours before the wreckage was located on the side of a 150-foot ski hill at the adjoining Alpine Valley Resort.

R.I.P. S.R.V.

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