The 27 Club

With Amy Winehouse’ death this past Saturday, the 27 Club gains yet another talented member.  Age 27, Winehouse’ supposed overdose come as no surprise to many as it was in the making for the past 4 years.  Sad and tragic none-the-less, Winehouse’ ill-timed death can’t but make me wonder… What is the significance of number 27?  What happens to artists physically, emotionally, chemically, romantically that makes that age such a hot button for death?

Here are the members:

  • Amy Winehouse
  • Brian Jones (Rolling Stones)
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Janis Joplin
  • Jim Morrison (The Doors)
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat (artist)
  • Jonathan Brandis (actor)
  • Louis Chauvin (ragtime musician)
  • Robert Johnson (blues musician)
  • Nat Jaffe  (blues musician)
  • Jesse Belvin (R&B)
  • Rudy Lewis (The Drifters)
  • Malcom Hale (Spanky and Our Gang)
  • Dickie Pride (musician)
  • Alan Wilson (Canned Heat)
  • Arlester Christian (Dyke and the Blazers)
  • Linda Jones (R&B)
  • Les Harvey (Stone Crowes)
  • Ron McKernan (Grateful Dead)
  • Roger Lee Durham (Bloodstone)
  • Wallace Yohn (Chase)
  • Dave Alexander (The Stooges)
  • Pete Ham (Badfinger)
  • Gary Thain (The Keef Hartley Band)
  • Cecilia (singer)
  • Jacob Miller (Inner Circle)
  • D. Boon (The Minutemen)
  • Alexander Bashlachev (artist)
  • Pete de Freitas (Echo and the Bunnymen)
  • Mia Zapata (The Grits)
  • Kristen Pfaff (Hole)
  • Richey Edwards (Manic Street Preachers)
  • Stretch (rapper)
  • Fat Pat (rapper)
  • Freaky Tah (rapper)
  • Sean McCabe (Ink and Dagger)
  • Rodrigo Bueno (singer)
  • Maria Serrano (Passion Fruit)
  • Jeremy Ward (musician)
  • Brian Ottoson (American Head Charge)
  • Valentin Elizalde (singer)
  • Orish Grinstead (R&B)
  • Lily Tembo (musician)
  • And then at age 28, Heath Ledger

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  1. Thanks for remembering Alan Wilson of Canned Heat! He is one of the lesser known of the “27s”… he passed on September 3, 1970, shortly before Jimi and Janis.
    – Rebecca Davis

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