Many musicians have passed away young, due to inability to handle the change in lifestyle or through other tragic means. Certain deaths have made a huge impact on how the industry has developed after the death of these artists. Looking at this harrowing prospect from a brighter perspective, let us take a look at the legacy of few eternal artists.
His royal badness died when he was just 57. He was playing music for his fans until his dying day. He has won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe award and seven Grammy awards during his lifetime in various songs of genres such as pop, new wave, soul and rock. Always restless, the ‘Purple Rain’ icon made four albums in last two years.
The iconic grunge front man and lyricist of Nirvana was an instant hit after the release of his second album, ‘Nevermind’ in 1991. He died at a young age of twenty-seven but songs such as ‘Smells like Teen Spirit’, ‘Dumb’, ‘Come as You Are’, ‘Something in the Way’ etc became immortal after his death. A gunshot wound was found in his head days after his suicide.
The reign of Jim Morrison grew after 1979 when Francis Ford Coppola used ‘The End’ for soundtrack of ‘Apocalypse Now’. Because of his wild personality and performances, he was ranked number 47 on Rolling Stone’s list of ‘100 greatest singers of all times’. He died at the age of 27 from an accidental heroin overdose.
Jimi Hendrix was known for American rock and roll and Electric Blues. Although, his mainstream career spanned only for four years, he is widely regarded as one of most influential guitarist in the history of rock music. Rolling stone has ranked him as the greatest guitarist of all times. He died at age of 27 due to overdose of a Barbiturate in London.
When it comes to singers in the decades of 60s, 70s and 80s in the arena popular Bollywood songs, Kishore Kumar is a renowned name. He ruled the Bollywood charts with his evergreen solos and duets such as ‘Mere Mehboob Kayamat Hogi’, ‘Hame tumse pyaar kitna’, ‘Kehna hai tumse’ etc. He died of a heart attack at the age of 58 in Bombay.
Chris Bell’s career was tragic as his demise. The talented musician and singer was the prominent voice of Big Star. Bell left Big Star, slinked into clinical depression and had to work at family’s restaurant. In 1978, he crashed his sports car into a pole while driving home from band rehearsal that killed him instantly. Most of his solo work released posthumously, reminding of his contribution in making Big Star the live band it was.
Dave Alexander had the reputation of being the loose cannon before the group ‘The Stooges’ came together. The bassist of the group contributed many exemplary ideas to the group and came up with songs such as ‘We will fall’ and ‘Fun House’. He then started taking too many downers before the concert and battled addictions and health issues. In February 1975, he died of pulmonary oedema. Indeed, music world have lost numerous stars at very young age.