Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

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Dead rock stars and how much potential great music was lost to this world by their untimely passing.

Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Jimi Hendrix

Died 1970, age 27James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

John Lennon

Died 1980, age 40John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of …more
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Freddie Mercury

Died 1991, age 45Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona …more

 

David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely
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David Bowie

David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the world of …more
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Jim Morrison

Died 1971, age 27James Douglas “Jim” Morrison was an American singer, poet and songwriter best remembered as the lead vocalist of the Doors. Due to his songwriting, baritone voice, wild personality and …more
Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Jim Croce

Died 1973, age 30James Joseph “Jim” Croce was an American singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and 11 singles. His singles “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and…more

 

Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Keith Moon

Died 1978, age 32Keith John Moon was an English drummer who played with the English rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. In 2011, Moon was …more

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Frank Zappa

Died 1993, age 52Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, ja …more

 

Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Karen Carpenter

Died 1983, age 32Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters. Although her skills as a drummer earned admiration from drumming luminaries and …more
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Amy Winehouse

Died 2011, age 27Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, jazz and reggae. Winehouse’s 2003 debut albu …more
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Jeff Buckley

Died 1997, age 30Jeffrey Scott “Jeff” Buckley, raised as Scott “Scottie” Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. After a decade as a session guitarist in Los Angeles, Buckley amassed a following in …more

 

Prince is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Prince

Prince Roger Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. A major figure in popular music for over three decades, Prince is renowned as an i …more
Brian Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Brian Jones

Died 1969, age 27Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was the founder and original bandleader of the Rolling Stones. Jones was a multi-instrumentalist, with his main instruments being the guitar, harmonica and keyboards. His inno …more
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Buddy Holly

Died 1959, age 22Charles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, often considered one of the main figures of the rock and roll genre in the mid-1950s. Born in …more
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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Bob Marley

Died 1981, age 36Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley OM was a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim. Starting out in 1963 with the group the …more
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

John Bonham

Died 1980, age 32John Henry Bonham was an English musician and songwriter, best known as the drummer of Led Zeppelin. Bonham was esteemed for his speed, power, fast bass-drumming, distinctive sound, and …more
Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Died 1990, age 35Stephen Ray Vaughan, known as Stevie Ray Vaughan, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is …more
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Marvin Gaye

Died 1984, age 44Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter and musician. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records, first as an in house session player in the 1960s and later as a solo artist with a …more
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Elvis Presley

Died 1977, age 42Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as “the King of Rock and …more

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Duane Allman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Duane Allman

Died 1971, age 24Howard Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, co-founder and leader of the The Allman Brothers Band. The Allman Brothers Band was formed in 1969 and based in the Southeastern …more
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Otis Redding

Died 1967, age 26Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a …more
Ronnie Van Zant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Ronnie Van Zant

Died 1977, age 29Ronald Wayne “Ronnie” Van Zant was an American lead vocalist, primary lyricist, and a founding member of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. He was the older brother of current lead …more
Ritchie Valens is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Ritchie Valens

Died 1959, age 17Richard Steven Valenzuela, known professionally as Ritchie Valens, was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement. During …more
Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

Sam Cooke

Died 1964, age 33Samuel “Sam” Cooke was an American recording artist and singer-songwriter, generally considered among the greatest of all time. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is…more

 

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