Amy Winehouse becomes the latest talented musician to pass away at the young age of 27. She joins the likes of Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin among others who checked out at that young age, leaving behind a future of great songs they might have produced if only they had lived longer.
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was also another very talented musician who passed away at the age of 27 as well. He helped to forge that distinctive Seattle grunge sound.
Pete Ham of Badfinger, the Welsh band that had a clearly Beatlesque sound that were on Apple Records, hanged himself three days before he was to turn 28 after he was left broke by a bad manager. The manager broke a lucrative contract the band had with Apple Records, leaving the band financially strapped and Pete Ham was depressed that he was unable to support his pregnant girlfriend.
Brian Jones was one of the founding members of the Rolling Stones, but died at the age of 27 when he was discovered drowned in his swimming pool under mysterious circumstances.
Pigpen of the Grateful Dead, also passed away at the young age of 27 among many other musicians. And a few others, such Marc Bolan of T.Rex died just short of his 30th birthday in a car crash. There must be something about the rock and roll lifestyle that’s so fatal to young musicians or maybe it’s that eccentric lifestyle that some artists lead.