It was no surprise to hear this blurb on the radio this morning, July 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM. Amy Winehouse joins that long list of rock musicians who leave way too soon. – LVBC
“The 27 Club, also occasionally known as the Forever 27 Club or Club 27, is a name for a group of influential rock music artists who died at the age of 27. The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll details the history of the phenomenon.”
Musicians usually included in the 27 Club
The impetus for the club’s creation were the deaths of Jones, Hendrix, Joplin and Morrison. Cobain, who died in 1994, was later added by some. With the exception of Joplin, there is controversy surrounding their deaths. According to the book Heavier Than Heaven, when Cobain died, his sister claimed that as a kid he would talk about how he wanted to join the 27 Club. On the fifteenth anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, National Public Radio’s Robert Smith said, “The deaths of these rock stars at the age of 27 really changed the way we look at rock music.” The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll details the history of the phenomenon more from WIKI
July 23, 2011 12:42 PM
Amy Winehouse found dead
(CBS News) Last Updated 1:11 p.m. ET
Singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead in her North London home, police have confirmed.
BBC News reports that ambulance crews were sent to her apartment, but the 27-year-old was pronounced dead.
Her death is being treated as unexplained, according to police.
Winehouse has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. In May it was reported that she checked into a treatment facility after her father, Mitch, encouraged her to seek help. But she left rehab after a week, and resumed a European tour – which she ended prematurely More from CBSNews.Com