August 27, 1967 & 1990: Brian Epstein and Stevie Ray Vaughan Died
Don Hustein | Hulton Archive
August 27 was not a good day for two important musical figures.
In 1967, Brian Epstein, the manager for The Beatles, was found dead in the bedroom of his apartment from an overdose on sleeping pills.
Allen Klein, the Rolling Stones' manager, would eventually take over management duties, but his hiring caused a rift in the band that's considered one of the contributing factors to why the band broke up.
Meanwhile, in 1990, guitar great Stevie Ray Vaughan made the bad decision to accept a helicopter ride out of the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin. While trying to navigate through heavy fog the chopper ran into a man-made ski hill, killing Vaughan and three members of Eric Clapton's entourage, who he had been playing with.