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Musicians Who Died Young

Based on the clues, name these musicians who died before or at the age of 45.
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  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Nov 17, 2016
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Age
Time and Place
How
Song
Musician
27
2011, London
Alcohol poisoning
Rehab
24
1997, Los Angeles
Drive-by shooting
Ready to Die
25
1996, Las Vegas
Drive-by shooting
California Love
23
1995, Texas
Shot by fan club president
Amor Prohibido
27
1994, Seattle
Suicide
Heart-Shaped Box
45
1991, London
AIDS complications
Bohemian Rhapsody
35
1990, Wisconsin
Helicopter crash
Texas Flood
44
1984, Los Angeles
Shot by father
Sexual Healing
40
1980, New York
Shot by Mark David Chapman
Imagine
33
1980, London
Alcohol poisoning
Let There be Rock
21
1979, London
Heroin overdose, possibly murder
Anarchy in the U.K.
42
1977, Memphis
Heart attack
Hound Dog
27
1971, Paris
Probable heroin overdose
The End
27
1970, Los Angeles
Heroin overdose
Piece of My Heart
27
1970, London
Asphyxiation after taking sleeping pills
Purple Haze
26
1967, Wisconsin
Plane crash
Respect
17
1959, Iowa
Plane crash
La Bamba
28
Chantilly Lace
22
Peggy Sue
29
1953, West Virginia
Drug and alcohol complications
Your Cheatin' Heart
35
1791, Vienna
Fever
Requiem
Answer Stats
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Time and Place
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Song
Musician
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(71)
Never knew Otis Redding died in a plane crash.
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Jan 22, 2014
(53)
I think it was just before Sitting On the Dock of the Bay was released too. It was a posthumous #1.
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Mar 3, 2014
(44)
I probably would have gotten it if "Dock of the Bay" was listed as the song.
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Mar 7, 2014
(57)
It was, Redding didn't like the song so he never released it. The famous whistled verse was written because he couldn't be bothered to write lyrics to the verse. He never saw any of the money it raised, despite being (probably) his most successful song.
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Jan 13, 2015
(48)
I wonder if the song would have been as popular if he hadn't died.
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Jan 12, 2017
(44)
Neither
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Sep 8, 2016
(45)
I was really shocked to see that Aaliyah wasn't on this list. Either way good (however sad) quiz!
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Mar 3, 2014
(65)
Heroine? Come on now.
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Mar 3, 2014
Fixed
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Mar 3, 2014
(54)
Could we spell "heroin" correctly?
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Mar 3, 2014
(54)
Patsy Cline, Harry Chapin, and Jim Croce belong on this list, too.
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Mar 3, 2014
(65)
Sam Cooke was another one.
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Mar 3, 2014
(71)
I know you don't want to clutter up a good quiz with obscure information, but for anyone interested, here are some classical composers and jazz artists who died young: Franz Schubert (age 31) Felix Mendelssohn (38) George Bizet (36) Charlie Christian (25) Clifford Brown (25) Jaco Pastorius (35) Bix Beiderbecke (28) Charlie Parker (34)
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Mar 3, 2014
(65)
Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Mozart died young from our perspective, but Vienna and Germany were positively filthy places at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and their life expectancy was a lot lower- at times down to the upper 30s.
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Mar 3, 2014
(68)
Life expectancy rates are based on averages, so the high infant mortality rate would have skewed the statistics. Generally someone surviving early childhood pre the industrial revolution could be expected to live into their 50s
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May 22, 2014
(76)
While I generally disagree with spouting off all the names that a quiz SHOULD have included (as long as the clues line up, it doesn't matter), I would suggest for completeness' sake that Brian Jones, the only generally-accepted member of the "27 Club" that you're missing, should be included.
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Mar 3, 2014
(77)
Others likely to have died from a "heroine overdose":
Flynn Rider
Peeta Mellark
Fitzwilliam Darcy
Wolverine.
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Mar 3, 2014
(46)
Heroin!!
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May 5, 2015
(49)
It took me a good two minutes to get that.
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Jan 24, 2017
(66)
Note to self...Do NOT fly over Wisconsin.
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Mar 3, 2014
(34)
I live in WI, and I don't either. :P
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Mar 3, 2014
(58)
And don't make friends with Jim Carroll.
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Jan 10, 2015
(74)
I just took a job in Iowa. I'll be flying over WI. I think I'll quit playing music until my next job.
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Jan 7, 2017
(64)
Some other notables from my era: Keith Moon, John Bonham, Mama Cass Elliot, Brian Wilson.
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Mar 3, 2014
(17)
Brian Wilson would not be happy to know he made your list.
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Mar 3, 2014
(35)
Yes. Make that Dennis Wilson who died young, proving that some boys should stay on the beach.
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Mar 3, 2014
(64)
Now that's funny! Yeah, I knew that...just wanted to see if anyone was paying attention. :) Seriously, why I typed Brian I have no idea. I was a big fan back in the day and remember when Denny Wilson died. I think he was partying and drowned after falling off a pier.
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Mar 3, 2014
(47)
Jim Croce in Plane Crash - 30 years old and just starting to hit it really big.
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Mar 3, 2014
(64)
Also, just remembered Terry Kath, the heart and Soul of Chicago who died at 31 after accidentally shooting himself. That was a tragic loss of a great musician.
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Mar 3, 2014
(32)
Terry Kath was such an underrated guitarist. Even Hendrix said he was great.
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Mar 20, 2017
(70)
I agree, Jim Croce deserves a place here. I remember the night Jim Croce died in 1973. I was sitting in our college arena listening to a Lobo concert. He was called off stage toward the end of the concert, and came back all broken up. He said he'd just received word that his good friend, Jim Croce, had died in a plane crash after a college concert in Louisiana.
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May 19, 2014
(34)
I thought amy winehouse was drugs? obviously wrong and how ironic about B.I.G
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Mar 3, 2014
(60)
Jeff Buckley (30), accidental drowning in the Mississippi River.
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Mar 3, 2014
(5)
No Croce, Buckley, or Bonham? Bummer, 3 greats that died too young even if they were just too old for the 27 club.
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Mar 5, 2014
(24)
Not just about the 27 club. "Musicians who died before or at the age of 45"
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Mar 8, 2014
(71)
There's a whole freaky conspiracy theory that if you map where all the musicians died in plane crashes, it creates the shape of a guitar over Wisconsin and Iowa, and that same area had Native Americans who made effigy mounds in the shape of lizards and resemble guitars. And people believe there's some kind of supernatural cause, so musicians better be wary. Of course, there are a lot of famous musicians from Wisconsin and Iowa who fly all the time without being sucked in by the Guitar Ghost beam of death.
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Mar 6, 2014
(60)
Bermuda Triangle - Wisconsin...Lizard Guitar?
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Feb 10, 2017
(24)
Marc Bolan :(
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Mar 8, 2014
(60)
Gene Vincent!!
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Mar 12, 2014
(35)
Jeff Buckley and Brian Jones get no love?
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Apr 29, 2014
(32)
Lynyrd Skyrnyrd- Ronnie, Cassie and Steven...
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May 19, 2014
(71)
I second that. Happened on my 7th birthday.
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Jan 7, 2017
(39)
RIP Michael Hutchence.
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Jun 5, 2014
(40)
Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan
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Jul 4, 2014
(14)
Stevie Ray Vaughan is spelled wrong.
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Sep 29, 2014
(46)
Loads of the above, plus John Denver.
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May 5, 2015
(70)
John Denver died at age 53. Too soon, but not within the parameters of this quiz.
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Jan 7, 2017
(71)
The Big Bopper was JP Richardson thus Richardson should be allowed
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Aug 21, 2015
(60)
Agree 100%. Kept re-typing "Richardson", thinking I was making a mistake.
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Apr 2, 2017
(58)
I typed smalls and notorious but wasn't accepted.
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Apr 25, 2016
Those will work now
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Nov 17, 2016
(60)
Of the five I didn't get, I'd only heard of one! Here in the UK some of these artists aren't as successful as in the States.
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May 20, 2016
(60)
It's Stevie Ray Vaughan
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Jul 13, 2016
Fixed
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Nov 17, 2016
(57)
Aaliyah (plane crash, 22) and Sam Cooke (murder, 33) should also be on this list...
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Aug 24, 2016
(44)
Sid died in New York
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Jan 7, 2017
(53)
I can still remember when Stevie Ray Vaughan died. I was very depressed and it didn't seem real. Listened to his music with my friends all day...
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Jan 7, 2017
(32)
Whaaat... I couldn't think of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Otis Redding and Sid Vicious :o I must be way too tired.
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Jan 7, 2017
(68)
*sigh* One of these days Justin Bieber will be on this list. One of these days.
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Jan 7, 2017
(37)
Jeff Buckley should be in this list, he was 30 when he died
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Jan 8, 2017
(1)
I found all of them ^^^
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Jan 8, 2017
(57)
This quiz would be overwhelming id we listed every one of them I bet. There's probably a wikipedia page or web site that lists them all. My contribution: Shannon Hoon, lead singer of Blind Melon, age 29, cocaine overdose. Robert Johnson - who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for being a blues master - died at 27 in Mississippi.
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Jan 8, 2017
(44)
Jeff Buckley RIP
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Jan 8, 2017
(63)
Stevie Ray was a rough 35
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Jan 9, 2017
(43)
Please accept JP Richardson in the place of The Big Bopper. I typed JP Richardson eight different ways and then finally tried his nickname. Richardson is his real name......I only know that to watching "The Buddy Holly Story" a million times when I was young.....thanks Dad:)
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Jan 9, 2017
(46)
It doesn't accept The Big Bopper's actual name: J. P. Richardson
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Jan 9, 2017
(63)
03.02.1959 - the day the music died...
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Jan 22, 2017
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