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    Default The Deadliest Decade

    Morbid...but what the hell.

    Of the main rock and roll decades (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s) which has claimed the most causalities? As in...key members of famous groups dying young.

    It gets sticky because some of these were famous in one decade but died at the beginning of the next decade....I'll use artistic license.


    50s- Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper
    60s-Brian Jones Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Mama Cass, John Lennon
    70s-Bon Scott, Jim Croce, Keith Moon, John Bonham Phil Lynott Freddie Mercury
    80s- Randy Rhoads Michael Jackson?
    90s-Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Layne Staley, Scott Weiland, Bradley Nowell, Shannon Hoon


    Lots of near misses in the 80s with Nikki Sixx almost dying. Amazing how those 80s bands were so out of control yet didn't really die from it.

    You certainly didn't want to be a lead singer of a grunge band in the 90s! You weren't long for this world.

    Who did I miss? Didn't know how obscure to go with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harpospoke View Post
    Morbid...but what the hell.

    Of the main rock and roll decades (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s) which has claimed the most causalities? As in...key members of famous groups dying young.

    It gets sticky because some of these were famous in one decade but died at the beginning of the next decade....I'll use artistic license.


    50s- Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper
    60s-Brian Jones Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Mama Cass, John Lennon
    70s-Bon Scott, Jim Croce, Keith Moon, John Bonham Phil Lynott Freddie Mercury
    80s- Randy Rhoads Michael Jackson?
    90s-Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Layne Staley, Scott Weiland, Bradley Nowell, Shannon Hoon


    Lots of near misses in the 80s with Nikki Sixx almost dying. Amazing how those 80s bands were so out of control yet didn't really die from it.

    You certainly didn't want to be a lead singer of a grunge band in the 90s! You weren't long for this world.

    Who did I miss? Didn't know how obscure to go with it.
    '70s - Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines (in decade), Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson, Billy Powell, Bob Burns, Ed King (since) - all members of Lynyrd Skynyrd at one time or other during the '70s; Duane Allman. Almost all of the original members of Molly Hatchet are gone, too

    Stevie Ray Vaughn would be '80s?

    George Harrison as well from the '60s, John Entwistle from the '60s/'70s - wherever you want to put the Who (though you have Moon in the '70s)

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    How you gonna forget Elvis in '77?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    How you gonna forget Elvis in '77?
    ouch.

    And I forgot Gregg Allman even though I remembered Duane

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    ouch.

    And I forgot Gregg Allman even though I remembered Duane
    Harpo ended with the 90's so Gregg doesnt count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    Harpo ended with the 90's so Gregg doesnt count.
    nah, I think he was going by the decade they or their band was at their height, not the actual decade they died (hence Lennon in the '60s even though he was murdered in 1980)

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    '70s - Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines (in decade), Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson, Billy Powell, Bob Burns, Ed King (since) - all members of Lynyrd Skynyrd at one time or other during the '70s; Duane Allman. Almost all of the original members of Molly Hatchet are gone, too

    Stevie Ray Vaughn would be '80s?

    George Harrison as well from the '60s, John Entwistle from the '60s/'70s - wherever you want to put the Who (though you have Moon in the '70s)
    I kinda figured I would have a cut off point of around 50. Past that, dying is not quite as unusual or "dying young". That's why I didn't put in Prince, Chuck Berry, or David Bowie. MJ was 50 exactly so that's questionable. So I went with Moon who died at age 32, but Entwistle was 57 when he passed.

    Good catch on Skynard and Stevie Ray....opps.

    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    How you gonna forget Elvis in '77?
    Oh crap...totally forgot about Elvis!

    Revised list with a couple more I forgot in the 70s:

    50s- Elvis, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper
    60s-Brian Jones Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Mama Cass, John Lennon
    70s-Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Marc Bolan, Terry Kath, Bon Scott, Jim Croce, Keith Moon, John Bonham Phil Lynott Freddie Mercury
    80s- Randy Rhoads Michael Jackson, Steve Ray Vaughn, Michael Hutchence
    90s-Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Layne Staley, Scott Weiland, Bradley Nowell, Shannon Hoon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harpospoke View Post
    I kinda figured I would have a cut off point of around 50. Past that, dying is not quite as unusual or "dying young". That's why I didn't put in Prince, Chuck Berry, or David Bowie. MJ was 50 exactly so that's questionable. So I went with Moon who died at age 32, but Entwistle was 57 when he passed.

    Good catch on Skynard and Stevie Ray....opps.



    Oh crap...totally forgot about Elvis!

    Revised list with a couple more I forgot in the 70s:

    50s- Elvis, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper
    60s-Brian Jones Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Mama Cass, John Lennon
    70s-Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Marc Bolan, Terry Kath, Bon Scott, Jim Croce, Keith Moon, John Bonham Phil Lynott Freddie Mercury
    80s- Randy Rhoads Michael Jackson, Steve Ray Vaughn, Michael Hutchence
    90s-Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Layne Staley, Scott Weiland, Bradley Nowell, Shannon Hoon
    aw, damn - Hutchence. Nice catch on Kath and Bolan, too

    you got Ricky Wilson from the B52s and Dennis Wilson from the Beach Boys. Joe Strummer from the Clash was 50 when he died, and that reminds me of Sid Vicious from the Sex Pistols. Steve Clark from Def Leppard. Pretenders lost James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon early on

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    80s Cliff Burton,Marvin Gay,John Lennon,Bob Marley,Bon Scott and John C(?) drummer from Styx.
    70s Terry Kath
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    I guess I have to draw a line at certain band members that few heard of. Cliff Burton though...that was a big deal and I forgot it.

    If I start including artists that didn't get played on rock radio I would need to get into people like Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves so that leaves out Gay and Marley. I might have been pushing it with MJ, but Beat It definitely got played on rock radio.

    50s- Elvis, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper

    60s-Brian Jones Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Mama Cass, John Lennon, Dennis Wilson

    70s-Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Marc Bolan, Terry Kath, Bon Scott, Jim Croce, Keith Moon, John Bonham Phil Lynott Freddie Mercury, Sid Vicious

    80s- Randy Rhoads Michael Jackson, Steve Ray Vaughn, Michael Hutchence, Cliff Burton, Steve Clark, Joe Strummer, James Honeyman-Scott

    90s-Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Layne Staley, Scott Weiland, Bradley Nowell, Shannon Hoon

 

 

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