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List of Members of the Forever 27 Club

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CJ Baker is a published writer who is currently writing a book on the historical developments of protest music.

Graffiti in Tel Aviv depicting some of the more famous members of the 27 club.

Graffiti in Tel Aviv depicting some of the more famous members of the 27 club.

The 27 Club

The number 27 may be the most infamous number in the history of rock music. This number has taken on mythical status due to the prevalence of many iconic and groundbreaking musicians who died at the age of 27. There is now a certain mystique associated with that age and the general notion of important musicians dying young.

Famous Rock Musicians Who Died at the Age of 27

  • Kurt Cobain
  • Amy Winehouse
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Janis Joplin
  • Jim Morrison
  • Robert Johnson
  • Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones)
  • Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (The Grateful Dead)
  • Chris Bell (Big Star)
  • D. Boon (The Minutemen)
  • Richey Edwards (Manic Street Preachers)

History of the Forever 27 Club

The 27 death phenomenon started to become prevalent during the years 1969-71. During that period the rock & roll world lost the following musicians due to death: Dickie Pride, Brian Jones, Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Arlester "Dyke" Christian.

The term "Forever 27 Club" was not coined to refer to the list of musicians who died at the age of 27 until after Kurt Cobain's death on April 5th, 1994. Since the death of Cobain, there has been a greater focus in the media surrounding the 27 death phenomenon. Also, the high-profile death of Amy Winehouse on July 23rd, 2011 once again brought renewed interest concerning the 27 club.

With the June 19, 2016 death of actor Anton Yelchin (Pavel Checkov in the reboot of the Star Trek movie series), the 27 Club once again was starting to make the news. With his death, the media started to include young actors, and other notable artists as part of the 27 Club. Even though their deaths were equally tragic, this article is focusing on musicians that died at that age.

Members of the 27 Club

Even though the media began to coin the term the 27 Club after the death of Rolling Stones' guitarist Brian Jones in 1969, there were other musicians who died at the age of 27 before that. The most prominent is one of the founding fathers of the blues, Robert Johnson. The earliest recorded member of the 27 Club was composer Alexandre Levy who died on January 17th, 1892.

Now we are going to profile a selected list of 27 Club members. This includes well-known members along with unsung heroes.

Kurt Cobain

It was after Kurt Cobain's death on April 5th, 1994 which really started to generate interest in the 27 Club phenomenon. It was after the death of the Nirvana's frontman that the term "Forever 27 Club" (also referred to as the 27 Club, Club 27 and the Curse of 27) started to be used.

Like many of the previous members of the 27 Club, Cobain was deeply troubled and struggled with drug addiction and the burden of being seen as the voice of a generation. The official cause of death was suicide via a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but there are those that feel he was murdered. There are also theories that Cobain intentionally timed his death so that he could join his musical idols as a member of the 27 Club.

This theory started when Cobain's mother was interviewed by a local newspaper after his death, saying that “Now he’s gone and joined that stupid club. I told him not to join that stupid club.” By club, many people thought she was referring to the 27 Club.

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix is widely considered to be the greatest guitarist of all time and is considered to be one of the most influential musicians in the history of rock. One of the remarkable aspects of Hendrix's recording career is that his rich legacy was primarily established during a three year period from 1966 to 1969. After spending years toiling away in obscurity as a sideman, Hendrix was discovered by Chas Chandler of the Animals, who convinced him to come to England in 1966. While there, the Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed, and the rest is history.

Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27, on September 18th, 1970. The official cause of death has been cited as asphyxiation caused by an overdose of painkillers. That being said, conspiracy theorists have also cited the possibility of suicide and murder. Like many of the great rock & roll casualties, the mysterious circumstances behind his death have added to his legacy.

Jim Morrison

Like Hendrix, Morrison and his band, the Doors, burst onto the music scene in 1967, displaying an innovative blend of blues-rock and psychedelia. Morrison became a counter-culture icon, known for his poetic lyrics and bluesy vocal delivery, but he struggled with substance abuse and alcoholism, leading to the Doors ceasing to perform live. Eventually, Morrison left the country and moved to France where he died at the age of 27 on July 3rd, 1971. Morrison died two years from the day that Brian Jones died.

He allegedly died of a heroin overdose, but because an autopsy was never performed there is still some debate concerning the official cause of death. One conspiracy theory involved Morrison faking his death, to escape the trappings of rock stardom. This was because he was living in Paris at the time and no one knew many of the details surrounding his death.

Jim Morrison was buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris France. His gravesite has become a popular tourist attraction. It has also caused issues with the cemetery due to vandalism.

Jim Morrison's longtime companion, Pamela Courson, died on April 25th, 1974. She was also 27 years old.

Amy Winehouse

When Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23rd, 2011 she became the most high-profile member of the 27 Club since the death of Kurt Cobain. Winehouse's death renewed interest in the curse of 27.

Just like the other more well-known members of the 27 Club, Winehouse was deeply troubled, and she lived a hard life which lead to her premature demise. Winehouse struggled with substance abuse, eventually succumbing to alcohol poisoning.

Her throwback style was considered to be an inspiration to many female artists who would go on to achieve substantial success. Despite her brief career, Winehouse became a critical and commercial success after the release of her highly influential album Back to Black in 2006.

Janis Joplin

"The Queen of Psychedelic Soul" died just 16 days after Jimi Hendrix on October 4, 1970. The official cause of death was cited as a heroin overdose which may have been exasperated by the abuse of alcohol.

Joplin had fronted the San Francisco band Big Brother and the Holding Company before embarking on a solo career of her own. Her trademark bluesy singing style made her into one of the most iconic singers of the era. She also is widely considered one of the most influential female vocalists of all time.

Like many of the members of the 27 Club, she was a deeply troubled artist who lived a hard life. Joplin struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction, with both worsening as her career began to take off.

Robert Johnson

Because there has been so little that has been properly documented about the influential blues artist Robert Johnson, he has developed an almost mythic legend around him. His death at the young age of 27 also added to his mythology. He died on August 16th, 1938. At the time his death was attributed to strychnine poisoning, but this is also widely disputed. The mystery surrounding his death also contributes to his significant legacy. Even though his recordings consisted of a scant 29 songs that were recorded during 1936-37 his music was an essential part of the fabric of rock & roll. While he was initially underappreciated at the time of his death, many famous blues guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Keith Richards discovered his music and were influenced by his playing style.

It was said that Johnson went down to the crossroads in rural Mississippi one night and met a large black figure, the devil, exchanging his eternal soul to become a great guitar player.

This myth began because when Johnson had started playing around the deep south and was not known as a good guitar player. One day he suddenly showed up as an expert player, with technical skills that no one else could match. Many people thought that his rapid development was due to some supernatural influence and thus the crossroads myth was born.

Brian Jones

Brian Jones was a founding member and guitarist for the Rolling Stones. Due to developing a serious drug addiction, he was kicked out of the Rolling Stones in 1969, being replaced by Mick Taylor. Less than a month later he died on July 3rd, 1969 due to a tragic drowning accident which took place at his swimming pool. While Jones had played a prominent role in founding the band, eventually Mick Jagger and Keith Richards became the dominant musical forces in the Rolling Stones, relegating Jones to a lessened position in the group. Coupled with a bad drug addiction, this made it impossible for Jones to remain in the band.

When people refer the 27 Club, Jones is quite often is referred to as the start of that movement. His death was the beginning of a two year period which also marked the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison at the age of 27.

Ron "Pigpen" McKernan

Ron "Pigpen" McKernan was a founding member of the Grateful Dead. On March 3rd, 1973 he was found dead of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage which was complicated by alcohol abuse.

Much like Brian Jones, McKernan was one of the early leaders of the band, steering them in a more R&B direction early on. Eventually, guitarists Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir decided to take the band in an improvisational and psychedelic direction, a style that the group became known for. This caused McKernan to take a back seat at concerts, and his role continued to diminish until he was forced to step down from the Grateful Dead due to his worsening health.

McKernan also had a brief relationship with fellow 27 Club member Janis Joplin. On a couple of occasions, the two dueted together on the Dead's live standard "Turn on Your Lovelight."

Chris Bell

Chris Bell was the lead guitarist, and along with Alex Chilton, he was the primary songwriter for Big Star. Bell left the band after their influential but commercially overlooked power pop gem #1 Record. He went on to release two songs in 1978, "I Am the Cosmos" and "You and Your Sister." These two songs were also included in his posthumous debut solo, I Am the Cosmos, which wasn't released until 1992.

Bell died on December 27th, 1978 when he lost control of his Triumph TR7 sports car. His funeral took place the next day on December 28th, which sadly coincided with the birthday of former bandmate Alex Chilton. Bell continues to be an influential figure in the development of power pop and indie rock.

D. Boon

D. Boon was the guitarist, lead vocalist and one of the primary songwriters (along with Mike Watt) for the influential hardcore punk band the Minutemen. D. Boon was listed as #89 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. His guitar style, which had a heavy funk and blues feel, helped make the Minutemen more diverse than the average band from the '80s hardcore scene.

Boon died on December 22nd, 1985 due to a Van accident. Because he had a fever, he was laying in the back recuperating when the van crashed, sending him flying through the back of the van.

Since D. Boon's tragic death, Mike Watt and George Hurley of the Minutemen continued on as fIREHOSE, where Watt continued to develop his highly influential style of bass playing.

Every album Mike Watt has put out, either solo or as part of fIREHOSE as been dedicated to his fallen bandmate. He has also written a number of songs as a direct tribute to D. Boon.

Richey Edwards

The rhythm guitarist and main lyricist of UK alternative band Manic Street Preachers is one of the more mysterious additions to the list. Edwards went missing on February 1st, 1995 and he was presumed dead on November 23rd, 2008. Because his car was found abandoned on February 17th, 1995 in proximity to Severn Bridge, it is widely believed that he committed suicide.

Before these events, Edwards was known to be deeply disturbed. One of the more obvious signs was when he took a photo of himself with the words "4 Real" carved into his arm. The mysterious circumstances surrounding his disappearance have helped cement his cult status within the UK.

The ninth album recorded by the Manic Street Preachers, Journal for Plague Lovers was released on May 18th, 2009 and feature previously unused lyrics written by Edwards.

List of Members of the Forever 27 Club

NameDate of BirthDate of DeathCause of DeathReason for Fame

Fredo Santana

July 4, 1990

January 20, 2018

Liver failure

American rapper

Kim Jong-hyun

April 8, 1990

December 18, 2017

Suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning

Lead vocalist and lyricist for Shinee

Thomas Fekete

July 1, 1988

May 31, 2016

Cancer

Guitarist for Surfer Blood

Tomas Lowe

December 5, 1988

February 13, 2016

Road accident

Bassist for Viola Beach

Slađa Guduraš

May 11, 1987

December 10, 2014

Road accident

Bosnian pop singer and actress

Soroush "Looloosh" Farazmand

October 31, 1985

November 11, 2013

Murdered

Guitarist for the Yellow Dogs

Nicole Bogner

March 22, 1984

January 6, 2012

Undisclosed illness

Singer for Visions of Atlantis

Richard Turner

July 30, 1984

August 11, 2011

Cardiac arrest

Trumpet player, collaborator with Friendly Fires

Amy Winehouse

September 14, 1983

July 23, 2011

Alcohol poisoning

Singer-songwriter

Achik Spin

July 1, 1982

April 17, 2010

Road accident

Member of the Malaysian pop group Spin

Orish Grinstead

June 2, 1980

April 20, 2008

Kidney failure

Founding member of the R&B group 702

Valentín Elizalde

February 1, 1979

November 25, 2006

Murdered

Mexican banda singer

Davor "Moskri" Bobić

November 24, 1977

August 25, 2005

Drug overdose

Original member and lead rapper of Prti Bee Gee

Bryan Ottoson

March 18, 1978

April 19, 2005

Drug overdose (prescription medication)

Guitarist for American Head Charge

Jeremy Michael Ward

May 5, 1976

May 25, 2003

Drug overdose (heroin)

The Mars Volta and De Facto sound manipulator

Maria Serrano Serrano

November 26, 1973

November 24, 2001

Plane crash (Crossair Flight 3597)

Background singer for Passion Fruit

Sean Patrick McCabe

November 13, 1972

August 28, 2000

Asphyxiation

Lead singer of Ink & Dagger

Rodrigo Bueno

May 24, 1973

June 24, 2000

Traffic collision (car)

Cuarteto singer

Kami

February 1, 1972

June 21, 1999

Subarachnoid hemorrhage

Drummer for Malice Mizer

Freaky Tah

May 14, 1971

March 28, 1999

Murdered

American rapper and member of the hip hop group Lost Boyz

Fat Pat

December 4, 1970

February 3, 1998

Murdered

American rapper and member of Screwed Up Click

Stretch

April 8, 1968

November 30, 1995

Murdered

Rapper

Richey Edwards

December 22, 1967

February 1, 1995

Disappeared; officially presumed dead November 23, 2008

Lyricist and guitarist for Manic Street Preachers

Kristen Pfaff

May 26, 1967

June 16, 1994

Drug overdose (heroin)

Bass guitarist for Hole and Janitor Joe

Kurt Cobain

February 20, 1967

April 5, 1994 c.

Suicide by gunshot

Founding member, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Nirvana

Mia Zapata

August 25, 1965

July 7, 1993

Murdered

Lead singer of the Gits

Dimitar Voev

May 21, 1965

September 5, 1992

Cancer

Poet, founder of the Bulgarian new wave band New Generation

Chris Austin

February 24, 1964

March 16, 1991

Plane crash

Country singer and guitarist/fiddle player for Reba McEntire

Pete de Freitas

August 2, 1961

June 14, 1989

Traffic collision (motorcycle)

Drummer for Echo & the Bunnymen

Jean-Michel Basquiat

December 22, 1960

August 12, 1988

Drug overdose (Speedball)

Painter and graffiti artist; formed the band Gray

Alexander Bashlachev

May 27, 1960

February 17, 1988

Fall from a height, probable suicide

Poet, rock musician and songwriter

D. Boon

April 1, 1958

December 22, 1985

Traffic collision (van)

Guitarist, lead singer of punk band Minutemen

Jacob Miller

May 4, 1952

March 23, 1980

Traffic collision (car)

Reggae artist and lead singer for Inner Circle

Zenon De Fleur

September 9, 1951

March 17, 1979

Traffic collision (car) and subsequent medical complications

Guitarist for the Count Bishops

Chris Bell

January 12, 1951

December 27, 1978

Traffic collision (car)

Singer-songwriter and guitarist of power pop band Big Star and solo

Helmut Köllen

March 2, 1950

May 3, 1977

Poisoning (carbon monoxide)

Bassist for 1970s prog rock band Triumvirat

Cecilia

October 11, 1948

August 2, 1976

Traffic collision (car)

Singer

Gary Thain

May 15, 1948

December 8, 1975

Drug overdose (heroin)

Former bassist of Uriah Heep and the Keef Hartley Band

Pete Ham

April 27, 1947

April 24, 1975

Suicide by hanging

Keyboardist and guitarist, leader of Badfinger

Dave Alexander

June 3, 1947

February 10, 1975

Pulmonary edema

Bassist for the Stooges

Wallace "Wally" Yohn

January 12, 1947

August 12, 1974

Plane crash

Organ player of Chase

Roger Lee Durham

February 14, 1946

July 27, 1973

Fell off a horse and died from the injuries

Singer and percussionist of Bloodstone

Ron "Pigpen" McKernan

September 8, 1945

March 8, 1973

Gastrointestinal hemorrhage

Founding member, keyboardist and singer of the Grateful Dead

Leslie Harvey

September 13, 1944

May 3, 1972

Electrocution

Guitarist for Stone the Crows and brother of Alex Harvey

Linda Jones

December 14, 1944

March 14, 1972

Complications from diabetes

Soul singer

Jim Morrison

December 8, 1943

July 3, 1971

Heart failure

Singer, lyricist, and leader of the Doors

Arlester "Dyke" Christian

June 13, 1943

March 13, 1971

Murdered

Frontman, vocalist and bassist of Dyke and the Blazers

Janis Joplin

January 19, 1943

October 4, 1970

Drug overdose (probably heroin)

Lead vocalist and songwriter for Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Kozmic Blues Band and Full Tilt Boogie Band

Jimi Hendrix

November 27, 1942

September 18, 1970

Asphyxiation

Pioneering electric guitarist, singer and songwriter for the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys

Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson

July 4, 1943

September 3, 1970

Drug overdose (barbiturate), possible suicide

Leader, singer and primary composer of Canned Heat

Alexandra

May 19, 1942

July 31, 1969

Road accident

German schlager vocalist

Brian Jones

February 28, 1942

July 3, 1969

Drowning (coroner's report states "death by misadventure")

Rolling Stones founder, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist

Dickie Pride

October 21, 1941

March 26, 1969

Drug overdose (sleeping pills)

Rock and roll singer

Malcolm Hale

May 17, 1941

October 31, 1968

Poisoning (carbon monoxide)

Original member and lead guitarist of Spanky and Our Gang

Joe Henderson

April 24, 1937

October 24, 1964

Heart attack

R&B and gospel singer

Rudy Lewis

August 23, 1936

May 20, 1964

Drug overdose

Vocalist of the Drifters

Jesse Belvin

December 15, 1932

February 6, 1960

Traffic collision (car)

R&B singer, pianist and songwriter

Nat Jaffe

January 1, 1918

August 5, 1945

Complications from high blood pressure

Swing jazz pianist

Robert Johnson

May 8, 1911

August 16, 1938

Poisoning (strychnine)

Blues singer and musician

Louis Chauvin

March 13, 1881

March 26, 1908

Neurosyphilitic sclerosis

Ragtime musician

Alexandre Levy

November 10, 1864

January 17, 1892

Unknown

Composer, pianist and conductor

Why 27?

One of the questions that remain is why have so many musicians died at the age of 27. There is no shortage of theories. There are numerologists that feel that 27 is a significant number, there are theories concerning the number of 27 club members that owned white lighters, and so on. Many dismiss the 27 death phenomenon as just simply an unexplained coincidence.

One factor that is widely noted is that many of the members of club 27 have lived lifestyles that have contributed to dying at a young age. Of course, this doesn't fully explain why not 26 or 28. But part of the mystique of the 27 mythology is the fact that we don't have clear answers. It is the unexplained nature that helps ensures the Forever 27 Club a place in rock & roll folklore.

Forever 27 Club Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which of these blues artist help teach Robert Johnson how to play the guitar?
    • Son House
    • W.C. Handy
    • Lead Belly
    • Bukka White
  2. Which of the following The Drifters hits did 27 club member Rudy Lewis not sing on?
    • Some Kind of Wonderful
    • Up On The Roof
    • Under the Boardwalk
    • On Broadway
  3. Brian Jones also served as a guest musician for the Beatles. Which of these Beatles did he not play on?
    • Yellow Submarine
    • As My Guitar Gently Weeps
    • Baby, You're a Rich Man
    • You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)
  4. Which song was Jimi Hendrix only US top 20 hit?
    • Hey Joe
    • Purple Haze
    • Crosstown Traffic
    • All Along the Watchtower
  5. Which of the following 27 club members did not play Woodstock?
    • Janis Joplin
    • Jimi Hendrix
    • Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson
    • Jim Morrison
  6. Arlester "Dyke" Christian is best known for recording and writing the original version of which Wilson Pickett hit?
    • Funky Broadway
    • In the Midnight Hour
    • Land of 1,000 Dances
    • Mustang Sally
  7. Which Badfinger song, co-written by Pete Ham became a US number 1 for Harry Nilsson?
    • No Matter What
    • Without You
    • Come and Get It
    • Baby Blue
  8. Which Minutemen song written by D. Boon was featured as the theme to the MTV show Jackass?
    • Corona
    • This Ain't No Picnic
    • History Lesson - Part II
    • Little Man With A Gun In His Hand
  9. Prior to forming Nirvana Kurt Cobain was in which of the following bands?
    • The Melvins
    • Fecal Matter
    • Mudhoney
    • Hole
  10. Amy Winehouse became the first British female to do what?
    • To win five Grammy Awards in single ceremony
    • To have a number 1 hit in the US
    • To win a Grammy for best new artist
    • To go to rehab

Answer Key

  1. Son House
  2. Under the Boardwalk
  3. As My Guitar Gently Weeps
  4. All Along the Watchtower
  5. Jim Morrison
  6. Funky Broadway
  7. Without You
  8. Corona
  9. Fecal Matter
  10. To win five Grammy Awards in single ceremony

Questions & Answers

Question: Was Mac Miller 27 when he died?

Answer: No, he wasn't. He was 26. I have an article of artists who died at 26, he is included there.

Question: Why is Ritchie Valens not on the list of Forever 27 Club members?

Answer: He was 17 when he died. This is way too young, so obviously he wouldn't be included on a list of musicians who died at 27.

Question: How come Bradley Nowell of Sublime isn't on your list?

Answer: Bradley Nowell was 28 when he died, not 27. I wrote an article about musicians who died at 28, and he is in that article.

Question: Is Achik Spin a member of the Forever 27 Club?

Answer: Yes he is. He does appear on the chart that is included in the article.

Question: Why isn't Gram Parsons on the list ?

Answer: He was 26 when he died. I wrote an article about artists who died at 26, and he is included on that list.

© 2012 CJ Baker

Comments

Sophia Cruz on August 19, 2020:

How about the famous video blogger Emman Nimendez who died at 27 due to the cancer but he did release his own song

Stanley on July 29, 2020:

It was bad for people who died at 27 Most recently the dead of this famous rapper is Lil Marlo this rapper who was passed away from murder at 27

Kendrick Thompson on July 24, 2020:

I was sad when my daughter died at 27 years old because of Coronavirus outbreak around May 10 2020 but she is a fan of Shinee that she noted about Jonghyun is 2 years older than her I knew her birthday was October 16 1992 She is now in heaven with Kim Jonghyun

Stephanie on May 21, 2020:

I was upset about many celebrities died at 27 years old just like what happen to Filipino actor Rico Yan who died at 27 because of drug overdose back in year 2002 or Korean singer and Shinee member Jonghyun died at 27 by suicide in 2017 because i am very sad for them

Dan on May 05, 2020:

Blind Owl was the first of the big ones

followed by jimi ,Janis and Jim, all in less than 1 year

that was the real rock tragedy

Liam on February 18, 2020:

Who is lily glance

Christopher Nowak on December 15, 2019:

There are two famous members of THE 36 CLUB.

I shall let you guess? HINT: ELTON JOHN.

DONALD R MILLER from Florida on October 09, 2019:

Janis Joplin died from a heroin overdose, due to the greed and incompetence of her supplier. The amount was a "normal" dose, but the supplier's "chemist" wasn't availabe, so he cut it himself, badly. Besides Janis, six other people died, due to the supplier's avarice.

The same guy sold Pam, Jim Morrison's girlfriend, the heroin Jim died from. It was the first, and last, time he took the stuff. He died from "acute heroin toxicity."

If one were to use the term "heart failure" as the ultimate cause of death, then everyone could be said to die from heart failure. Jim died from a lot of things, but excess was the deciding factor.

Having offered the world nothing but misery and death, the supplier killed himself three years after Jim died, and four after Janis. In other words, he died four and a half years too late.

Moam is so wrong on August 07, 2019:

You need to train for large amounts of drugs and alcohol, so actually these people hadn't trained enough. I blame the music. Had they worked more on their drug and alcohol training instead of the music, they would have lived long enough to discover things like rehab, their 30's and quite possibly that stage in their lives where hairs seem to pop up overnight in odd places. Honestly, just a massive coincidence but it is odd to say the least.

Moam on July 14, 2019:

Your body just can't take drugs and alcohol in large amounts much after the age of 27!

star on June 20, 2019:

i think all of the people mentioned are influential in their respective genres of music, acting ect but to me it kim-jong- hyun he gave a lot of inspiration to a lot of people and always smiled on the outside when he wasn't on the inside. RIP jong-hyun you did well...

Dave on May 15, 2019:

Don't care what the poll results say, Robert Johnson was the most influential. Rock music wouldn't exist if it weren't for Johnson.

Yusuf İlter on March 17, 2019:

Real First Member Prophet Muhammad Sahaba And His Daughter Umm Kulthum She Died in 630 At Age 27 and She Was Born in 603 .

Kaili Bisson from Canada on March 12, 2019:

I was reminded of this list while writing a backstory on the Keef Hartley Band. Great job spartucus! Hope all is well in your world.

Jude on November 22, 2018:

What is wrong about death of a singer and talented musician at the age of 27 I was sad about some Asian singers died at 27 like what happens about death of Jonghyun because of suicide

Lee Chowfsky Del Base Mekansky on October 09, 2018:

When I reach the needed level of mind and outthinking that I should I'll pass this mega high wall or maybe brake it I'll be able to get on the next level and join the club. Until then I should freeded my mind and body from this massive system. Remember my name.

Go find your nimb minds

Think about the why

So you will need the how.

Munya Ndawana on September 21, 2018:

great stuff you have written. l am a huge fan of some of the artists on that list. i recently saw a picture of Amy Winehouse wearing a t shirt with Jimi Hendrixs face on it. who knew someday they would both be members of the exclusive club? They lived by the motto live fast, die young. There are also some artists who missed joining the club by a year or so. Nick Drake was 26, Recently Mac Miller 26 also and Aviciii 28.

SHINEEPINEE5 on September 09, 2018:

I will always miss one of my favorite artist kim jonghyun and thank you to all these other artist who left a great impact in the music world

Tony on August 12, 2018:

They all would have continued to influence the direction music was going and we are left to imagine what greatness was left uncovered.

Lillya Evans on July 27, 2018:

I miss kurt

Bryn Sheen on July 16, 2018:

Joseph Merrick

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on January 18, 2018:

Hi Nathaniel, Brad Nowell was 28 when he died, so that is why he wasn't included. Thanks.

Nathaniel on January 18, 2018:

Why didn't you put Brad Nowell, he is the single most important 27 Club member, at least to me.

Nika on December 23, 2017:

Kim Jonghyun, main vocalist and lyricist of a South Korean kpop boy band SHINee commited suicide and died on 18th of December 2017 due to carbon monoxid poisoning. He was 27 y/o you should add him. We - his fans - are very heartbroken rn. Another angel has found it's wings

Eliz on December 19, 2017:

Add Kim Jong-Hyun too please he is a member of SHINee named k-pop group he died at 18.12.2017 suicide

Remme on October 05, 2017:

You should put down murder for the cause of death for Cobain. Courtney killed him, and if you dont believe me, watch soaked in bleach.

Maddy on September 17, 2017:

Even though its a sad list, ive been a fan of Nirvana since i was 12. Whilst reading about the band i found out about the 27 club... introduced me to the other amazing musicians on the list.

I watched a show tonight and Ball and Chain by Janis Joplin was playing in the credits, my insides were shaking at her voice... fair to say i watched all the credits ❤

maritza on May 19, 2017:

i love this 27 club

keemstar on April 06, 2017:

You missed Evaldo Braga

sarah on March 09, 2017:

Pigpen was the most influential

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on December 12, 2016:

Basquiat was born on December 22, 1960 and died on Aug 12, 1988, so he was still a few months away from his 28th birthday and he was still 27. Thanks.

Andrew S. on December 12, 2016:

You have Basquiat on the list, however he died at 28?

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on October 23, 2016:

Jim, you are right, Gram died just short of 2 months before his 27th birthday. But before is the optimal word. He was still 26 years old when he died, so for obvious reasons he was excluded. Still way too young though.

Jim on October 23, 2016:

Great article. I have a 27 year old son and I am a big fan of most of these artists. Don't think I saw Gram Parsons mentioned in your article. According to wiki, he died just 2 months before his 27th birthday.

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on September 17, 2016:

Rozie, Shannon Hoon died at 28, so even though he died way too young, there was no reason to mention him in a list of musicians who died at 27. Thanks for the read and comment.

Rozie on September 17, 2016:

You didn't mention Shannon Hoon at all

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on August 22, 2016:

Hi C, since River was 23 and the 27 Club is a list of musicians who died at 27, he obviously wouldn't be included in this list. But thanks for the read and the comment.

Wayne Messenger - Sorry to hear about your daughter. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time for you and your family.

wayne messenger on August 22, 2016:

Our Daughter Heather was familiar with the forever 27 club since she was a teenager. Always said she was going to join them. Well she did this last week. Accidentalty she has joined the group

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C on July 07, 2016:

You forgot to put River Phoenix he died when he was 23, he was a singer and actor, he died on October 31 of 1993 because of an overdose of heroine and cocaine.

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on October 03, 2014:

Brennan, even though she is 27 and it was tragic she died, she was not a musician. The 27 Club is a list of musicians that died at 27, so that is why she was excluded. Thanks for the read and the comment.

Brennan on October 03, 2014:

I feel that a very important member of this club has been erroneously omitted.

On September 3, 2001, we lost another beloved celebrity at the age of 27. The life of Thuy Trang - yes THE original Yellow Power Ranger - was tragically ended in a car accident. I feel that my life has most been influenced by this left out member of the Forever 27 Club.

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on September 28, 2014:

MarleneB, that is an interesting point. In the case of Cobain he was aware of the 27 club and there is rumors he may of timed events in order to be included in the club. Not sure I entirely buy that, but the sad thing is an artist could make the list by making a conscious decision to end it all at 27. But I guess it could go the other way as well. It might motivate some to clean up their act and get help, because they don't want to be another rock & roll causality. Thanks for the read and the comment.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on September 26, 2014:

Man, if I was a rock star under the age of 27, this 27 death phenomenon would make me crazy scared. I had never heard of it before now. I wonder how it affects the mindset of musicians as they approach age 27.

in on June 14, 2014:

I first read an article about Jones Hendrix Joplin and Morrison around 93 or 94, stating how also they all carried the letter J in their names while being 60's rock stars who died at 27. Later I learnt of a few more like Thain, McKinon & Cobain. But this list is fully comprehensive. Wow.

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on May 20, 2014:

Thanks WriterJanis for the read and comment, greatly appreciated. Glad that I introduced you to the 27 club, even though it is sad that I had to. It is tragic that we have lost so many talented individuals so young.

Janis from California on May 20, 2014:

I did not know of this club until I read this, but it all makes sense now. Amazing how so many talented artists died at this age. You did an outstanding job at covering this.

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on November 05, 2013:

Thanks Minnetonka Twin for the read and the comment! I agree that it is a tragedy that we lost so many talented artists so young. The 27 Club truly is a mysterious part of rock & roll folklore.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on November 05, 2013:

Great hub spartucusjones-So sad how many incredible artists's we've lost at the young age of 27. It's a very intriguing and mysterious club. Great article with great capsules and information.

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on March 02, 2013:

It is an interesting thought. There were rumors before he died that he was going to quit Nirvana and take a break from the music industry. It would be interesting to think what directions Kurt may of took his music outside of Nirvana.

aparkhurst7 from Wilkes Barre, PA West Hartford, CT on March 02, 2013:

I always wonder what music would be like if Kurt Cobain was still around.

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on February 20, 2013:

Thanks, LisaMarie. I am glad that you found it informative. I appreciate the read and the comment.

Lisa Stover from Pittsburgh PA on February 20, 2013:

I also am a huge music lover and I've never heard of this before. It's hard to believe that so many talented people died at 27. Great hub and it's honestly packed with information, one of the most informative hubs I've read in a while. Great job.

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on October 01, 2012:

Hey Emma, It is truly mind boggling how many great artists died at 27. I truly appreciate the read and the comment.

Emma Kisby from Berkshire, UK on October 01, 2012:

Hi Spartucusjones - I am a big music fan and have heard of the 27 club. I had no idea there were so many musicians who died at this age though. Interesting about Amy Winehouse - I knew she was in her late twenties, but it didn't register with me that she was 27. I didn't know Richie Manic was 27 when he disappeared as well.

Such a great loss.

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on August 27, 2012:

Thanks for the comment. It is definitely tragic how many greats have died so young.

Kim Kennedy from uk on August 27, 2012:

Hadn't heard of the club before, a very interesting read, thanks. I didn't realise Hendrix and Joplin were so young. Not a club anyone would aim to join!

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on July 12, 2012:

linda - Thanks, I appreciate the comments. I am glad you found it fascinating.

Simone - You are right, the 27 death phenomenon is truly mind boggling. I am also glad to be one of your party resources. It is always nice to gain approval from the boss lady.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on July 12, 2012:

Yikes! I had not heard of the 27 Club before and am kind of floored by the number of artists who died at this age. Who knew??

This is an awesome Hub though- love the quiz, poll, videos, and reference table. Should this subject ever come up at a party, you KNOW I'll be navigating straight to this Hub on my iPhone!

Linda Chechar from Arizona on July 12, 2012:

I remember reading about the 27 club after Amy Winehouse died. That article wasn't nearly as comprehensive as yours. Thanks for the in-depth look into this unique club membership roster. A fascinating Hub!

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on July 11, 2012:

Yes it is a tragic club. Thanks for the comment.

Leah Lefler from Western New York on July 11, 2012:

Oh my goodness - I had never heard of the 27 club before! That is so sad - 27 is such a young age to die.

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on July 09, 2012:

You are right, this is a tragic club to be a part of. Who knows what would of happened if these gifted artists have lived longer. Thanks for reading and I appreciate the insights.

Dianna Mendez on July 09, 2012:

This is a club with an alarming membership. Not one of the people listed on the chart died of normal causes. It is sad and some of their music may have made a greater impact had they not passed on so early in life.

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on July 08, 2012:

Josh - Thanks again. Feel free to drop in anytime.

Lizy - Thanks for the tweet! Greatly appreciated.

Elizabeth Yetter from Oley, PA on July 08, 2012:

Very interesting article. Tweeted.

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on July 08, 2012:

Spartucus,

I came across this again in my HubHopper, so I was like why not drop in again? :) Great job bud!

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on July 08, 2012:

Thanks Tom. You are right Brad just missed the cut. But 28 is still way too young, and if they had a way too young club he would belong to that.

Tom Koecke from Tacoma, Washington on July 08, 2012:

Really interesting, spartucus. I liked the capsule you put into the hub giving dates, causes, and claims to fame.

Brad Nowell missed it by a few months by turning 28 before he died. I think they should give him honorary 27 Club status.

I got 6 correct in your quiz.

Again, great job!

CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on July 07, 2012:

Josh - I appreciate the kind comments! I am also glad that you have learnt something. Learning stuff is cool!

Georgie - Thanks for the read. It is mind boggling how many musicians have died at that age.

GH Price from North Florida on July 07, 2012:

Dude! This is a great Hub. A lot of people know about the Forever 27 Club, but they don't know the huge number of people that are in it.

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on July 07, 2012:

I have to be honest and admit that I know nothing about this club, but the hub was an enjoyable read! I will give you that, very informative well-written, and full of great capsules. That I can critique, and you get a 100 in my book! I can tell you took a lot of time on this hub because it shows. Keep up the great work!

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