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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
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level 72
Jan 22, 2014
Never knew Otis Redding died in a plane crash.
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level 54
Mar 3, 2014
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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level 44
Mar 7, 2014
I probably would have gotten it if "Dock of the Bay" was listed as the song.
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level 59
Jan 13, 2015
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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level 51
Jan 12, 2017
I wonder if the song would have been as popular if he hadn't died.
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level 72
Apr 24, 2017
I'm another who would have gotten it if the clue had been Dock of the Bay. The song had a unique mood and feel, and it's sad he didn't enjoy the profits. I think Aretha is better known for Respect.
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level 56
Apr 24, 2017
Yeah, sorry, Respect is a crappy clue for Otis Redding. Challenging, but crappy.
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level 63
Apr 24, 2017
I wouldn't call it crappy. I recently learned that he wrote "respect" because I've been playing dock of the bay lately and decided to learn more about the artist. I was happy when I saw respect there because I immediately knew the answer. challenging, yes. crappy, no
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level 45
Sep 8, 2016
Neither
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level 46
Mar 3, 2014
I was really shocked to see that Aaliyah wasn't on this list. Either way good (however sad) quiz!
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level 66
Mar 3, 2014
Heroine? Come on now.
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Mar 3, 2014
Fixed
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level 54
Mar 3, 2014
Could we spell "heroin" correctly?
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level 54
Mar 3, 2014
Patsy Cline, Harry Chapin, and Jim Croce belong on this list, too.
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level 65
Mar 3, 2014
Sam Cooke was another one.
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level 72
Mar 3, 2014
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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level 64
Mar 3, 2014
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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level 68
May 22, 2014
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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level 77
Mar 3, 2014
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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level 76
Mar 3, 2014
Others likely to have died from a "heroine overdose":
Flynn Rider
Peeta Mellark
Fitzwilliam Darcy
Wolverine.
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level 46
May 5, 2015
Heroin!!
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level 50
Jan 24, 2017
It took me a good two minutes to get that.
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level 67
Mar 3, 2014
Note to self...Do NOT fly over Wisconsin.
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level 34
Mar 3, 2014
I live in WI, and I don't either. :P
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level 58
Jan 10, 2015
And don't make friends with Jim Carroll.
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level 74
Jan 7, 2017
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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level 65
Mar 3, 2014
Some other notables from my era: Keith Moon, John Bonham, Mama Cass Elliot, Brian Wilson.
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level 17
Mar 3, 2014
Brian Wilson would not be happy to know he made your list.
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level 35
Mar 3, 2014
Yes. Make that Dennis Wilson who died young, proving that some boys should stay on the beach.
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level 65
Mar 3, 2014
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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level 47
Mar 3, 2014
Jim Croce in Plane Crash - 30 years old and just starting to hit it really big.
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level 65
Mar 3, 2014
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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level 31
Mar 20, 2017
Terry Kath was such an underrated guitarist. Even Hendrix said he was great.
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level 72
May 19, 2014
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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level 34
Mar 3, 2014
I thought amy winehouse was drugs? obviously wrong and how ironic about B.I.G
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level 60
Mar 3, 2014
Jeff Buckley (30), accidental drowning in the Mississippi River.
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level 5
Mar 5, 2014
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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level 24
Mar 8, 2014
Not just about the 27 club. "Musicians who died before or at the age of 45"
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level 72
Mar 6, 2014
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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level 60
Feb 10, 2017
Bermuda Triangle - Wisconsin...Lizard Guitar?
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level 24
Mar 8, 2014
Marc Bolan :(
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level 60
Mar 12, 2014
Gene Vincent!!
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level 35
Apr 29, 2014
Jeff Buckley and Brian Jones get no love?
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level 32
May 19, 2014
Lynyrd Skyrnyrd- Ronnie, Cassie and Steven...
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level 72
Jan 7, 2017
I second that. Happened on my 7th birthday.
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level 43
Jun 5, 2014
RIP Michael Hutchence.
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level 40
Jul 4, 2014
Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan
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level 14
Sep 29, 2014
Stevie Ray Vaughan is spelled wrong.
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level 46
May 5, 2015
Loads of the above, plus John Denver.
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level 72
Jan 7, 2017
John Denver died at age 53. Too soon, but not within the parameters of this quiz.
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level 75
Aug 21, 2015
The Big Bopper was JP Richardson thus Richardson should be allowed
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level 69
Apr 2, 2017
Agree 100%. Kept re-typing "Richardson", thinking I was making a mistake.
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level 58
Apr 25, 2016
I typed smalls and notorious but wasn't accepted.
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Nov 17, 2016
Those will work now
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level 60
May 20, 2016
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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level 62
Jul 13, 2016
It's Stevie Ray Vaughan
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Nov 17, 2016
Fixed
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level 58
Aug 24, 2016
Aaliyah (plane crash, 22) and Sam Cooke (murder, 33) should also be on this list...
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level 44
Jan 7, 2017
Sid died in New York
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level 55
Jan 7, 2017
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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level 45
Jan 7, 2017
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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level 71
Jan 7, 2017
*sigh* One of these days Justin Bieber will be on this list. One of these days.
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level 39
Jan 8, 2017
Jeff Buckley should be in this list, he was 30 when he died
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level 1
Jan 8, 2017
I found all of them ^^^
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level 60
Jan 8, 2017
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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level 50
Jan 8, 2017
Jeff Buckley RIP
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level 66
Jan 9, 2017
Stevie Ray was a rough 35
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level 44
Jan 9, 2017
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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level 46
Jan 9, 2017
It doesn't accept The Big Bopper's actual name: J. P. Richardson
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level 65
Jan 22, 2017
03.02.1959 - the day the music died...
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level 72
Apr 24, 2017
I barely remember that day. My older brothers were so sad, and we played their 45s over and over on our suitcase-type record player with the sound so scratchy we could hardly understand the lyrics, except for Big Bopper. His booming voice always came through.
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level 25
Apr 24, 2017
You forgot the best guitarist in the history of Rock and Roll. Duane Allman dead at 24.
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