Saturday, March 18, 2006

Rock and roll heaven

The other day I listed some of the soul and R & B artists who have died violent deaths over the years. I thought this might prompt some people to suggest others. It didn't, which probably means that no one reads this blog. Undeterred - and at the risk of being somewhat ghoulish - today I'm listing some more artists from the 50s and 60s who died suddenly.
Plane crash victims have included Patsy Cline, Jim Croce, John Denver, Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Ricky Nelson, Jim Reeves, Kyu Sokomoto, Ritchie Valens, various members of Lynryd Skynryd and Stevie Ray Vaughan (actually a helicopter crash).
Car crashes have claimed Marc Bolan, Harry Chapin, Eddie Cochran, Johnny Horton.
Other accidents have caused the deaths of Johnny Burnett (boat), Sonny Bono (ski-ing), Duane Allman (motor bike), Randy California of Spirit (drowned), Steve Marriot (fire), Keith Relf (electrocuted) and Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys (drowned).
Apparent suicide or self inflicted deaths: Bobby Fuller, Richard Manuel of the Byrds, Phil Ochs, Danny Rapp of Danny & the Juniors (self inflicted gunshot), Del Shannon (similar), the Singing Nun, Screaming Lord Sutch (hanged), Al Wilson of Canned Heat and Faron Young (self inflicted gunshot)).
And of course drug related deaths: Tim Buckley, Paul Butterfield, Tim Hardin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Frankie Lymon, Keith Moon, Jim Morrison, Gene Parsons, David Ruffin and Rory Storm of the Hurricanes. Many people would add Elvis to this last list.


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