The ‘Forever’ 27 Club

Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock today you will now know that Amy Winehouse has sadly passed away.  She now joins the ‘Forever’ 27 Club which is a term used for musicians who have passed away at the ripe young age of 27.

I’m one of the lucky ones who was able to see Amy Winehouse back in 2004 on her very first tour when she was promoting her debut album release ‘Frank’.

I picked up on Amy back in early 2004 when her CD was tucked away at a remote listening booth stand with a pair of dodgy headphones that were only half working. I remember listening to perfect sound in the left ear of the headphones but an echoing backing track in the right head phone wasn’t working properly and even though these dodgy headphones weren’t working well, you could still tell that this woman had an amazing voice and the album just had to be bought.

Shortly after the CD came out, Amy Winehouse was doing a promotional visit to Leeds with Jamie Cullum to approx. 200 music students.  I missed out on those tickets.  However, just after this in April 2004, she played a small venue in Leeds called ‘The Cockpit’ and I just had to snap up tickets to see her.    She was in the ‘pre drugs and booze’ stage and whilst she was still a bit confronting on stage, her voice was awesome and her stage presence for the first album was unique.  I spent the next few years up until the Back To Black album talking up Amy and trying to get friends to buy her first album before anyone knew of her and what she would become.

So, now that Amy Winehouse as died at the age of 27, this leads me to The ‘Forever’ 27 Club.

The 27 Club is the growing number of ‘famous’ musicians that have passed away at the age of 27 and my goodness there are quite a few.  Most people would know that Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and now Amy Winehouse are in the club.  But when you look at the list, there are quite a few others that are in the club too.

Here’s a list of the prominent ones (in no particular order):

  • Amy Winehouse
  • Brian Jones (Rolling Stones)
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Jim Morrison (The Doors)
  • Janis Joplin
  • Richie Edwards (Manic Street Preachers)
  • Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
  • Rudy Lewis (Drifters)
  • Ron McKernan (Grateful Dead)
  • Pete De Freitas (Echo & The Bunnymen)
  • Kristen Pfaff (Hole)
  • Dickie Pride

It’s sad that all of these artists died at such a young age.  I hope that somewhere  in an alternate universe, they all kept writing great tunes and played gigs well into their old age.

Wouldn’t that be a great place to be.



About Graham Porter

Founder of YMR and has been trying to make a difference for unsigned, up and coming artists and all things great in music since 2011.

One thought on “The ‘Forever’ 27 Club

  1. Great article, very sad though. Such a waste even though better to burn out than to fade away etc etc…

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