You’ve probably heard about the 27 Club. Iconic characters in rock history make it up, although the reason for belonging, in almost all cases, is tragic. Music and death united them forever: discover who they are.
Diverse and renowned rockers, especially from the 60s and 70s, make up the precious group. In addition to their music, it was precisely their death that led them there, and that’s why the 27 Club bears its name because all its members died at that age.
The more it happened, the stronger the idea became the true kings of the genre, if they were really good, would die at that age. And is that the members are not just any names, nothing less than figures such as Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, among others.
Drug overdose, suicide or car accidents are some of the causes of early death that led them to join the famous and dark club. Who are the most famous?
The oldest member is from the early twentieth century. It is about the American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist Robert Johnson. He was born on May 8, 1911, and died August 16, 1938, at the age of 27, although the cause of his death is unknown.
Brian Jones was a guitarist for the Rolling Stones. In fact, the British man was one of the founders of the band, along with singer Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards, and pianist Ian Stewart in 1962. On July 3, 1969, a month after separating from the band, he had an asthma attack in the pool at his house and drowned.
One of the most memorable names in the club is Jimi Hendrix. The American guitarist and singer was an icon of blues and rock when he passed away in 1970. Before, he released four albums, although many more were released after his death.
50 years later, Hendrix continues to be considered one of the most influential musicians in rock history.
Along with Amy Winehouse, Joplin is one of the few women members of the 27 Club. Although in general, the term refers to American music and at that time, other women only appear when other genres and places in the world are added.
The rock and blues singer was another of the most important musical references of the 60s until she passed away on October 4, 1970.
The Doors are one of the most famous rock bands of the second half of the 20th century. In just eight years of existence – 1965 to 1973 – they released nine albums. Jim Morrison, vocalist and leader of the group, is another of the most mentioned members of the club.
He died in 1971 from a heart attack, although there are versions that suggest a possible suicide or drug overdose.
Kurt Cobain was a somewhat later figure. One of the precursors of grunge and leader of the group Nirvana, the singer and guitarist committed suicide at the age of 27, in 1994. Nirvana was one of the most popular bands of the nineties.
And you, do you know any other members?