New Delhi: One of the greatest mysteries in rock 'n' roll history came into the spotlight once again on Saturday, July 23, when the iconic, yet troubled singer Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27. She joins the league of Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison, all music legends who died at the age of 27, giving rise to the myth of 'Club 27' or 'Forever 27' in the minds of fans who coined the term after noticing a trend among the deaths of these legendary rockers.
Brian Jones (February 28, 1942 - July 3, 1969)
Founder of the Rolling stones and a guitarist Brian Jones was known for his strange outfits and non-stop drug abuse, apart from being outstandingly proficient in music. Jones was the one who came up with the name the Rolling stones for his band with Keith Richards and Mick Jagger and is also said to be the moving force behind the rock band.
He was found lying motionless at the bottom of his pool. His then girlfriend Anna insisted that when he was pulled out, he still had a pulse, but by the time doctors arrived Jones was declared dead. Despite the drug abuse, the coroner's report stated that he died because of 'misadventure'.
Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970)
American guitarist and singer-songwriter Jimi Hendrix is widely considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in musical history and one of the most influential musicians of his era across a range of genres. He headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. It is said that he was influenced by blues artists such as BB King, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Albert King and Elmore James.
Hendrix died on September 18, 1970, which was first reported as a suicide. Later foul play was considered the cause of his death. And then the autopsy showed he asphyxiated on vomit after combining sleeping pills with wine. Till today the real reason behind Hendrix' death is a mystery.
Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970)
Known as The Queen of Rock and Roll, Janis Joplin was an American singer, songwriter, painter, dancer and music arranger. She rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was ranked number 46 in the Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004.
She rose to fame, but she didn't get to ride it too long, as her drug abuse took the better of her. Joplin was found dead in the Landmark Motor Hotel and the autopsy reports claimed she died because of heroin overdose.
Jim Morrison (December 8, 1943 - July 3, 1971)
The lead singer for the Doors Jim Morrison's behavior had always seemed erratic, but fame gave him an even more bizarre edge. Widely considered to be one of the most charismatic frontmen in rock music history, Morrison was also the author of several books of poetry, and the director of a documentary and short film. He was ranked number 47 on the Rolling Stones '100 greatest singers of all time'.
How Morrison died is still not known - since no autopsy report was conducted and there was no evidence of foul play. The mystery surrounding his sudden death left many questions unanswered, many tears unwiped, many hearts broken.
Kurt Cobain (February 20, 1967 - April 5, 1994)
American singer-songwriter, musician and artist, Kurt Cobain is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the grunge band Nirvana. The band gained widespread success with their 1991 album 'Nevermind' and the single 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. Cobain was often hailed as 'the spokesman of Generation X'.
Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, illness and depression, his fame and public image, as well as the professional and lifelong personal pressures surrounding himself and his wife, musician Courtney Love. He was found dead at his home in Seattle, the victim of what was officially ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
Amy Winehouse (September 14, 1983 - July 23, 2011)
The British singer-songwriter gained widespread popularity with her hit single 'Rehab' and the album 'Back in Black', which won her five Grammy awards. She was known for her soul music, her whacky outfits, bizarre hairdo and outrageous make-up, which often left her ridiculed by the media.
Winehouse was addicted to heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine and alcohol and was even hospitalised in 2007 for a drug overdose. She was found dead in her London home and the investigation to determine the cause of death is still open.
Whether it's the number that's jinxed or the lifestyle, turning 27-years-old just doesn't seem too promising for rock legends. As it is said 'to die will be an awfully big adventure', it is for certain that wherever the members of Club 27 are right now they are surely creating quite the jam session!