Stevie Ray Vaughan's Anniversary Pushes Some in Texas to Seek Memorial

Stevie Ray  Vaughan (AP, file)
Stevie Ray Vaughan (AP, file)
NEW YORK (CBS) Twenty years after his death, a Texas community is still seeking to honor native son Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The Grammy-winning singer and guitarist died in a helicopter crash Aug.27, 1990, and is buried in his hometown of Oak Cliff, Texas, on the outskirts of Dallas.

Jeff Castro, an Oak Cliff resident who co-founded an annual tribute motorcycle ride and concert that commemorates Vaughan's birthday in October, has long been lobbying for a memorial..

According to the Dallas Morning News, Castro approached the city about a statue and fountain in Kiest Park, where the musician hung out as a kid, but was rebuffed Others have put forward plans for permanent housing of Stevie Ray Vaughan artifacts.

Recently, when Industrial Boulevard was being renamed, some in Dallas sought that as an opportunity to honor Vaughan. But the city chose the name Riverfront.

"He was proud of telling people he was from Oak Cliff," said local Vaughan biographer Craig Hopkins. "Even after he went to Austin, he made no bones about it."


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