Forever 27 Club
It could be a myth …. But history repeated itself when troubled Soul singer Amy Winhouse died at the mere age of 27 to join the legends of Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones and Janis Joplin in Forever 27 club. These music legends gave birth to the myth of ‘Forever 27’ or ‘Club 27’ in the minds of fans all around the world. Read on to discover the iconic and intriguing ‘Forever 27’ club.
The Mystique Club 27
Amy is the new entrant to this mysterious “club.” The Jazz singer was found dead in her North London home, just a few days away from her 28th birthday. Her birthday was on September 14th. Ironically and tragically, the song which made her famous was “Rehab.” Whether by calculation or coincidence, she has joined Kurt Cobain, Pete Ham, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones and Robert Johnson and several other extraordinary musicians that never lived long enough to turn 28.
Janis Joplin once famously said that “People, whether they know it or not, like their blues singer’s miserable. Maybe my audience can enjoy my music more if they think I’m destroying myself.” One can understand what Joplin’s words actually meant. Many people who idolize their music icons like knowing that the rockers act as ‘normal’ people and they also have their ‘bad days’.
The ‘Forever 27’ club means that the iconic members will stay 27 eternally, never to be forgotten, frozen in time and etched in our memories! All the members were pioneers in the world of rock music – Janis Joplin with her crushing and distinctive vocals, Kurt Cobain carved the niche for alternative rock in the early 90s, Jimi Hendrix was the most brilliant guitarist ever witnessed in the music world, Jim Morrison is renowned for his poetic and haunting lyrics. It is true that these legends will always have a place in our hearts.
The Rock Legends – Engraved in Our Memories!
In love, honor and respect for these icons, let’s look back at their musical legacies which they successfully achieved in 27 short years.
• Brian Jones (Feb 28, 1942 – Jul 3, 1969) – The Legendary Guitarist!
An amazing guitarist and the founder member of the Rolling Stones, Brian Jones is famously remembered for his non-stop drug abuse and strange attire, apart from being outstandingly brilliant in music. He conceived the name ‘the Rolling Stones’ for his band with band members, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Also, he is known to be the moving force behind the legendary rock band.
Jones was found lying still at the bottom of his swimming pool. Anna, his then girlfriend, was convinced that when he was taken out from the pool, he still had a pulse. However, by the time doctors came, the guitarist was declared dead. Despite his known tryst with drugs, the coroner’s report declared that Jones succumbed to death because of ‘misadventure’.
• Jimi Hendrix (Nov 27, 1942 – Sept 18, 1970) – The Guy who Rocked Woodstock!
American singer-songwriter and guitarist Jimi Hendrix is renowned as the greatest electric guitarist in musical history. Apart from being celebrated as a legendary guitarist, Hendrix is also known as one of the most influential musicians of his times across different genres. He left his mark in the iconic Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. His major influences were blue artists such as Elmore James, Albert King, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and BB King.
The legendary electric guitarist met his death on 18th September, 1970. His death was initially reported as a suicide. However, later foul play was considered the real cause of Hendrix’s death. Then, the autopsy report revealed he asphyxiated on vomit after mixing a deadly cocktail of sleeping pills and wine. However, the exact cause of Hendrix’s death is still an intriguing mystery!
• Janis Joplin (Jan 19, 1943 – Oct 4, 1970) – The Ultimate Rock Chick!
Renowned as “The Queen of Rock and Roll”, Janis Joplin wore many hats – music arranger, dancer, painter, songwriter and singer. Joplin rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the main singer of ‘Big Brother and the Holding Company’. In the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, Joplin was ranked 46th in the year 2004.
Joplin steadily rose to fame, although she couldn’t handle it too well, as her drug addiction took the better of her. She was found dead in the Landmark Motor Hotel. Her autopsy reports stated that she died due to heroin overdose.
• Jim Morrison (Dec 8, 1943 – Jul 3, 1971) – The Rocking Poet!
As the legendary lead singer of the famous band “The Doors”, Jim Morrison always seemed to have an erratic behavior, however, fame and popularity gave him a bizarre edge. Popularly known as the most charismatic frontmen in the world of rock music, Morrison even made a foray into other avenues. He directed a short film and documentary as well as penned down many poems. Morrison was ranked 47th on the Rolling Stone’s ‘100 greatest singers of all time’.
The death of Jim Morrison is still a confounding mystery – as no autopsy was done and no trace of foul play was discovered. The intriguing mystery surrounding his sudden demise left many hearts broken, many tears unwiped, many questions unanswered.
• Kurt Cobain (Feb 20, 1967 – Apr 5, 1994) – “Come As You Are” !
‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is synonymous with Curt Cobain! Explains his standing in the world of rock music. American artist, musician and singer-songwriter, Cobain was the lead guitarist and singer of the famous grunge band, Nirvana! The legendary rock band gained immense popularity with their hit single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and their successful 1991 album ‘ Nevermind’. He was regarded as the ‘the spokesman of Generation X’.
Cobain struggled with depression, illness and heroin addiction, his public image and fame. He also battled with professional and personal demons and pressures surrounding himself and his wife, Courtney Love. Cobain met his death at his home is Seattle. His death was officially stamped as a suicide case as he had a self-inflicted wound in his head by a shotgun.
• Amy Winehouse (Sept 14, 1983 – Jul 23, 2011) – The Soul Diva!
The British singer-songwriter rose to immense fame with her hit single ‘Rehab’ and the successful album, ‘Back in Black’, which fetched her 5 Grammy awards. The diva was renowned for her soulful music, her wacky outfits, beehive hairdo and bold eye makeup. She was often ridiculed by the media for her attire and make-up.
The songstress was hugely addicted to ketamine, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and alcohol. She was also hospitalized for a drug overdose in 2007. The soul diva was recently found dead in her London home. The exact cause of her death is still being investigated. One of the legendary icons in soul music, we will miss you truly. RIP Amy Winehouse!
Forever 27 – The Club of Rock Icons!
In Chaldean numerology, there are two supreme numbers – the first number is 23 and the second 27. It is strongly believed that 27 is a spiritual number. Also, it is popularly believed that the number has the invincible power to break an individual’s wheel of life and death.
Remember, it is not the age of all these famous artists which caused their untimely death. What binds all these iconic personalities is that they were all treading on a similar path in terms of their life and career as they all dealt with the stress of fame and artistic pressures. Those musical legends on this list may have succumbed to death at a very early age but their celebrated music will always remain with us.
Whether it is the erratic lifestyle or the jinxed numerological number, turning 27 years-old is not promising enough for rock legends! As it is famously said ‘to die will be an awfully big adventure,’ it is sure that wherever the ‘Forever 27’ club members are now they are certainly creating a mind blowing jam session! Amen and peace!