I heard “Rehab” on the radio the other day, and it got me thinking once again about musicians who left this planet way too soon.
1. Back To Black – Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)
2. Statesboro Blues – The Allman Brothers (Duane Allman, 1946-1971)
3. Sloop John B – The Beach Boys (Dennis Wilson, 1944-1983)
4. 300 Pounds of Heavenly Joy – Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows (Larry “Big Twist” Nolan, 1937-1990)
5. I’m Beginning To See The Light – Bobby Darin (1936-1973)
6. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley (1966-1997)
7. Imagine – John Lennon (1940-1980)
8. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen (Freddie Mercury, 1946-1991)
9. Ben – Michael Jackson (1958-2009)
10. Keep Me In Your Heart For Awhile – Warren Zevon (1947-2003)
It’s also the 20th anniversary of the release of “Nevermind”, if you prefer that for your nostalgia muse. I like Nirvana, but I never got around to buying any of their music, so there you go.
I wonder sometimes what some of these folks would be doing these days if they were still with us. Would they still be making music, or would they just be professional celebrities? You can spin any scenario you want, of course, but in my world they’d all be doing what they did best because they had more to say. We’re all diminished by their loss.