Today’s announcement of the death of singer Amy Winehouse brings to mind the names of many other famous musicians who, like her, died at the age of 27. Two of the members of this dubious group have strong Texas ties.
The most well-known Texan, obviously, is Janis Joplin. She died of a suspected heroine overdose in 1970. Ironically, her death followed by less than the three weeks the death of Jimi Hendrix. They were both 27 years old when they died.
Robert Johnson is one of the biggest names in blues music. His famous recordings in the 1930s in San Antonio and Dallas left the world with the only lasting memories of his incredible talent. Legend has it that when he left Texas and went
to Mississippi, he was poisoned after flirting with the wife of another man in a club.
Winehouse was found this morning in her London home. Officials do not have an exact cause of death. Drugs are suspected. Winehouse was a Grammy-award winning artist whose biggest hit was “Rehab.”
Other famous names in the club include Jim Morrison, Brian Jones and Kurt Cobain. It is believed that Cobain committed suicide in order to join the club. According to a book called “The 27s: The Greatest Myth & Roll,” more rock stars have died at 27 than at any other age.
Posted by: Sam Moore
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