Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Pride and Joy: The Stevie Ray Vaughan Archive

Stevie Ray Vaughan Biography

Alpine Valley Music Theatre


Read More About It

"Chopper Crash Silences Budding Blues Legend" The Capital Times, Aug. 28, 1990

"Clues Sought in Foggy Concert Crash" Wisconsin State Journal, Aug. 27, 1990

"10 Years After His Death, Stevie Ray Still Exerts Influence On The Music World" Wisconsin State Journal, Aug. 17, 2000

"Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire" by Joe Nick and Bill Crawford


Vocabulary:

blues
amphitheater
entourage


Interesting Fact:

Air accidents in Wisconsin have claimed the lives of two blues musicians, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Otis Redding (see December 10).


Study Questions:

  • What were some of Stevie Ray Vaughan's top hits? Listen to recordings at your public library or on the Internet.
  • In what other Wisconsin venues did Stevie Ray Vaughan perform?
  • What are the worst air accidents in Wisconsin history in terms of lives lost?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Stevie Ray Vaughan:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on August 27:

    1859: The country's first successful oil well was drilled, near Titusville, PA.
    1908: Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the U.S., was born.



  • August 27

    August 27, 1990: Just hours after he left the Alpine Valley Music Theatre stage, blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed early Aug. 27, 1990, when his helicopter crashed on a hill near the amphitheater in East Troy. Also killed were three members of Eric Clapton's entourage and the pilot.


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