Ten Songs By Musicians Who Died Too Soon

Great topic of debate here at Matadornights: Ten Songs By Musicians Who Died Too Soon. Their list includes:

Elliot Smith “Needle In The Hay”

Metallica “(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth” (featuring the late Cliff Burton)

Jeff Buckley “Halleluja (live at Sin-e)”

Nirvana “Drain You (live in Seattle, WA, October 31, 1991)”

Buddy Holly “Everyday”

Chris Bell “I Am The Cosmos”

Matthew Jay “Please Don’t Send Me Away”

AC/DC “Let There Be Rock (Live)” (featuring the late Bon Scott)

Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart”

Robert Johnson “Sweet Home Chicago”

I would add: John Lennon’s “Cold Turkey,” The Minutemen’s “Cohesion” and Johnny Ace‘s “Please Forgive Me.”

What would you add?

8 thoughts on “Ten Songs By Musicians Who Died Too Soon”

  1. Not to be too much of a classic rocker, but it seems like you’ve got to include something from Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin. And Brian Jones.

    Also: how about Eazy E, Tupac, and Biggie?

    Oh shit, how could I forget Hank Williams?

    Remember: rock stars die young because “the years of the wicked shall be shortened” (Proverbs 10:27).

  2. Material Issue, “Going Through Your Purse” (Jim Ellison, suicide)

    The Who, “Go To The Mirror, Boy!” (Keith Moon, overindulgence)

    School Of Fish, “3 Strange Days” (Josh Clayton-Felt, cancer)

    The Clash, “Clampdown” (John Mellor, heart attack)

    The Exploding Hearts, “Sleeping Aides and Razorblades” (most of the band, van accident)

    The Bar-Kays (mk I), “Soul Finger” (most of band, plane crash in Monona, WI… that plane crash)

    Otis Redding, “Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)”

    Booker T. & The MG’s, “Hip Hug-Her” (Al Jackson, Jr., murder)

  3. Ooops, two more to make mine an even ten…

    Queen, “Tie Your Mother Down” (Freddie, AIDS-related complications)

    The Heartbreakers, “Chinese Rocks” (Johnny T, ultimately unknown causes; Jerry Nolan, “natural causes” accelerated by hard living)

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