Dead At 27: Nine Artists Gone Too Soon

 

Jimi Hendrix

(November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970)

No one wielded a guitar quite like Seattle's James Marshall Hendrix. Considered by many as the greatest axeman that ever lived, Jimi Hendix elevated the art of electric guitar-playing with his string of influential recording and legendary performances with his group The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hendrix's life was cut tragically short in 1970 after her accidentally overdosed on sleeping pills and asphyxiated on his own vomit at his girlfriend's apartment in London.

Brian Jones

(February 28, 1942 - July 3, 1969)

As founding guitarist of the Rolling Stones, Brian Jones was instrumental in bringing rock n' roll to the masses in the '60s. Though he was the band's original leader, Jones was soon overshadowed by the powerful team of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards after they became the band's principal songwriters. Jones' role in the Stones lessened as he succumbed to substance abuse problems until he eventually left the band in 1969. Less than a month after exiting the group, Jones was discovered dead at the bottom of his own swimming pool at Cotchford Farm in East Sussex, England.

Robert Johnson

(May 8, 1911 - August 16, 1938)

The pioneering Mississippi bluesman is often regarded as the first member of the fated "27 club." Though his albums sold poorly during his lifetime, Robert Johnson's exceptional singing, songwriting and guitar playing went on to influence generations of musicians, including disciples like Eric Clapton who referred to him as "the most important blues singer that ever lived." Circumstances surrounding Johnson's death remain mysterious to this day, though popular theories persists that he was poisoned after drinking from a whiskey bottle laced with strychnine.

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