The 27 Club: Where Winehouse joins Hendrix, Joplin and Cobain
Globe and Mail
The 27 Club, also known as
the Forever 27 Club or Club 27, is the name for a group of musicians who
died at the age of 27. The death of British singer Amy Winehouse on July 23,
2011, makes her the
latest member of the club. Here are some of the more influential rock stars
who are part of the group.
Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones
was an English musician and one of the founding members of The Rolling
Stones. Jones left the The Rolling Stones in 1969 after developing a serious
substance abuse problem and as his role in the band diminished. Jones was
found dead in his swimming pool on July 3, 1969.
James Marshall “Jimi”
Hendrix, an American guitarist and singer-songwriter, is considered to be
the greatest electric guitarist in music history. Rolling Stone magazine
ranked Hendrix No.1 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
Hendrix died in London on September 18, 1970. An autopsy revealed he
asphyxiated on his vomit after combining sleeping pills with wine.
James Douglas Morrison
died on July 3, 1971. The official cause of death was listed as heart
failure, but no autopsy was performed. He was found in the bathtub of his
Paris apartment. Morrison was the lead singer and songwriter of the rock
band The Doors. He is considered to be one of the most iconic figures in
Rock and Roll history.
Kurt Donald Cobain was the
lead singer and guitarist of the American grunge band Nirvana. Cobain and
Nirvana gained widespread success with their 1991 album Nevermind and the
single “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Cobain was hailed as “the spokesman
of Generation X.” Nirvana has sold over 50 million albums worldwide since
their debut. Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home on April 18, 1994,
the victim of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
singer-songwriter gained widespread popularity with her hit single
‘Rehab’ and the album Back to Black, which won her five Grammy awards.
Winehouse is also widely credited for the rise in popularity of soul music.
The soul diva also gained infamy with her erratic behaviour and her ongoing
battle with drug and alcohol abuse. On July 23, 2011, she was found dead in
her London home.
The tragic deaths of some of the greatest musicians
Buddy Holly September 7,
1936 - February 3, 1959 (aged 22)
Charles Hardin Holley
(September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) known professionally as Buddy
was an American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll. Following
a performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, on February 2, 1959,
Holly chartered a small airplane to take him to the next stop on the tour.
He, Valens, Richardson and the pilot were killed en route to Moorhead,
Minnesota, when their plane crashed soon after taking off from nearby Mason
City in the early morning hours of February 3. Bandmate Waylon Jennings had
given up his seat on the plane, causing Holly to jokingly tell Jennings,
“I hope your ol’ bus freezes up!” Jennings shot back facetiously,
“Well, I hope your ol’ plane crashes!” It was a statement that would
haunt Jennings for decades. Holly’s funeral was held on February 7, 1959,
at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lubbock.
John Lennon 9 October
1940 – 8 December 1980 (age 40)
John Winston Ono Lennon,
MBE was an English musician and singer-songwriter who rose to worldwide fame
as one of the founding members of The Beatles, one of the most commercially
critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. At around 10:50 pm
on 8 December 1980, as Lennon and Ono returned to their New York
apartment in The Dakota, Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four
times at the entrance to the building. Lennon was taken to the emergency
room of nearby Roosevelt Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at
11:07 pm. Earlier that evening, Lennon had autographed a copy of Double
Fantasy for Chapman.
Ono issued a statement the
next day, saying “There is no funeral for John,” ending it with the
words, “John loved and prayed for the human race. Please pray the same for
him.” His body was cremated at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.
Ono scattered his ashes in New York’s Central Park, where the Strawberry
Fields memorial was later created. Chapman pleaded guilty to second-degree
murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life; as of 2011, he remains in
prison, having been denied parole six times.
Elvis Presley January 8,
1935 – August 16, 1977 (age 42)
Elvis Aaron Presley was
one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural
he is widely known by the single name Elvis. He is often referred to as the
“King of Rock and Roll” or simply “the King”. Presley was scheduled
to fly out of Memphis on the evening of August 16, 1977, to begin another
tour. That afternoon, Alden discovered him unresponsive on his bathroom
floor. Attempts to revive him failed, and death was officially pronounced at
3:30 pm at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
Presley’s funeral was
held at Graceland, on Thursday, August 18. Outside the gates, a car plowed
into a group of fans, killing two women and critically injuring a third.
Approximately 80,000 people lined the processional route to Forest Hill
Cemetery, where Presley was buried next to his mother. Within a few days,
‘Way Down’ topped the country and UK pop charts. Following an attempt to
steal the singer’s body in late August, the remains of both Elvis Presley
and his mother were reburied in Graceland’s Meditation Garden on October
Michael Jackson August 29,
1958 – June 25, 2009 (age 50)
Michael Joseph Jackson was
an American recording artist, dancer, singer-songwriter, musician, and
philanthropist. Referred to as the King of Pop, Jackson is recognized as the
most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His
contribution to music, dance, and fashion, along with a much-publicized
personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four
decades. On June 25, 2009, Jackson died while in his bed at his rented
mansion at 100 North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills district of Los
Angeles. Attempts at resuscitating him by Conrad Murray, his personal
physician, were unsuccessful. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics
received a 911 call at 12:22 (PDT, 19:22 UTC), arriving three minutes later
at Jackson’s location. He was reportedly not breathing and CPR was
performed. Resuscitation efforts continued en route to the Ronald Reagan
UCLA Medical Center, and for an hour after arriving there at 1:13 (20:13 UTC).
He was pronounced dead at 2:26 local time (21:26 UTC). Jackson’s
death triggered a global outpouring of grief. Jackson’s memorial was held
on July 7, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, preceded by a private
family service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park’s Hall of Liberty.
“Republicans hate the beginning of the movie, Democrats hate the
George Clooney on The Ides of March
Set for a Fall ’11
release, with its North American premier at the Toronto Film Festival,
Clooney’s The Ides of March is set during Ohio’s Democratic presidential
primary, and Gosling’s aide gets involved in a political scandal that
could undermine his boss’ chances for the White House. The film has been
directed and co-written by, and stars Clooney.
“We were in
preproduction on this,” Clooney says of the film’s background. “We
were really getting close to starting up. But I remember sitting in a
restaurant with (co-writer) Grant (Heslov) when Obama won, and we both
realized we couldn’t make this movie right now. Everyone was so hopeful
and happy. Now, the cynicism has come back around, so it’s time.”
The movie is based on Beau
Willimon’s play Farragut North. It follows a young, Howard Dean-esque
staffer’s struggle with a political scandal upon entering the realm of
politics. The staffer, played by Ryan Gosling, is press secretary to a
morally dubious presidential candidate played by George Clooney.
“It’s really about a
character who drank the Kool-Aid,” Heslov said.
The Ides of March does not
push one party’s agenda though, although Clooney admits to enjoying being
labeled a liberal. “We’re not trying to be polarizing,” he says.
“Republicans hate the beginning of the movie, Democrats hate the end. So,
course, I’m keen to do a film with Ranbir.”
Deepika Padukone is eloquently mature
If this was a couple
months back, we’d be more excited and stuff, but all we can muster at this
is a tiny flicker of interest. Ranbir and Deepika have both moved on miles
since they broke up and have bitched it out on TV and in statements and
we’re done with that. So when Deepika says she’s ready to work with
Ranbir again, we’re all meh.
“As far as I know, Ayaan
is still writing the script,” says Deepika of her project with Ayaan
Mukherjee and Ranbir. “Of course, I’m keen to do a film with Ranbir. And
he’s just as keen to work with me. I know that as a pair, people liked us
together. But we haven’t got a suitable script after Bachna Ae Haseeno.
We’d love to work together again.”
Deepika is so over all the
Ranbir stuff, that she doesn’t understand why current beau Siddhartha
Mallya would even object to the idea. “Why?” she asks. “My decisions
are totally mine.”
While Deepika had bummed
out a zillion girls in love with Ranbir circa 2007 by stating she would be
his wife in another five years or so, we don’t really hear her saying
anything as such anymore. “I’ve reached a stage where I don’t need to
talk about my personal life. Whether someone is there or is not there,
whether something is happening or not; though people want to know, they
don’t need to know,” she says.
The other dude she is keen
on working with is Saif, which comes as no surprise as they work well
together, much to the irritation of Saif’s partner Kareena. Kareena makes
a point of hanging around sets when Deepika is the heroine of the film, but
Deepika doesn’t give it second thought. “That’s her personal issue,”
says Deepika. “She comes to spend time with Saif. I don’t think it’s
The most famous sister in
the world Pippa Middleton is finally getting a one-hour TV special aimed to
please those crazies who are totally nuts about Pippa, Crazy About Pippa.
Airing on August 9 on TLC, it’s not the talk show some might have hoped
for, but according to the press release, it will answer the question: Who is
Pippa Lovefest will focus on the Brit’s rise to fame and we predict
we’ll see in-depth discussions of the following pressing topics: her
famous tush, her Sarah Burton-designed Royal Wedding dress, her
tabloid-friendly love life and her possible connection (or lack thereof) to
Why, you may ask, does the
Duchess of Cambridge’s little sis deserve her own documentary? Well, her
Facebook fan pages have been “liked” over 185,000 times, the “Pippa
Middleton A** Appreciation Society” has received over 237,000 “likes,”
according to the press release, and she was apparently offered $5 million to
star in an adult film. If that’s not TV-special worthy, we don’t know
what is. And hey, it can’t be worse than that royal wedding made-for-TV
“Imagine being in the
company of living legends like Mr Bachchan (Amitabh Bachchan), Sachin (Tendulkar)
and Shah Rukh (Khan), just the thought gives me gooseflesh,” gushes
Kareena as she speaks of the unveiling of her wax figure at Madame Tussauds
in October. Meanwhile speculations about which character she will be dressed
as are rife. Manish Malhotra, most frequent designer for Kareena’s films
says it’s between Chameli (2003), Asoka (2001), Jab We Met (2007) and
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001). “Whatever they decide, I know Kareena
will floor everyone,” says Manish.
Jen Aniston is on board
with Prince William letting his hair go without a fight. “I think he
should just let whatever’s happening happen. Don’t you?” Aniston said
on Britain’s Capital FM radio to Lisa Snowdon. “Well, now if we see him
with a hair transplant, we’re going to be like, ‘Oh, he had a hair
transplant.” Jen might even find the bald look sexy. “I think there’s
nothing wrong with it, like Ed Harris, come on. Gorgeous.”