Rock and Roll world honors Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, of Austin, Texas, center, rehearses with his band Double Trouble for a performance on Saturday Night Live, Feb. 13, 1986, New York. Bassist Tommy Shannon is at left. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, of Austin, Texas, center, rehearses with his band Double Trouble for a performance on Saturday Night Live, Feb. 13, 1986, New York. Bassist Tommy Shannon is at left. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A group of Austin legends will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday in Cleveland. Both Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble dominated the fan poll, with more than 18 million votes.

“I think it was the people, really,” said Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton. “We haven’t been a band in almost 25 years, so we gave our music and apparently it meant something to enough people and they said they wanted us to come here tonight.”

Band members only wish Stevie was beside them to accept the honor, saying he would have been humbled. Vaughan lost his life in a 1990 helicopter crash at the age of 35.

“Even Eric Clapton probably put it best when he said, when Stevie Ray was playing his guitar, he was channeling a higher power through that guitar,” said Terry Lickona, executive producer of Austin City Limits. “He might have had a short life and a short career, but man, he contributed a lot to that lexicon of guitar music.”

Austin has a statue honoring Stevie Ray Vaughan on Lady Bird Lake, and the City of Dallas announced plans Thursday to honor Stevie and his brother Jimmy with a statue near their old Dallas neighborhood.

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