The Rock and Roll lifestyle is an exciting one, but it can also result in great loss. In memory of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, who passed away this week in 1990, here's our list of the Top 5 Rockers We Lost Too Soon.
1. Stevie Ray Vaughan
Texas native Stevie Ray Vaughan helped bring back in the blues in the 1980s with his band Double Trouble. It seemed as though SRV was just getting started, when tragically, he died in a helicopter accident following a gig in East Troy, Wisconsin. He was just 35.
2. John Lennon
A co-founder of the Beatles, John Lennon is widely considered to be one of the most influential artists of all time. He died on December 8th, 1980 after being shot by Mark David Chapman. Lennon was 40 years old.
3. Jimi Hendrix
1970 saw the loss of many great figures in Rock & Roll, including Jimi Hendrix, who passed away that year at the age of 27. The now infamous guitarist died in London, one month after performing at the Isle of Wright concert.
4. Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin also joined what has become known as the "27 Club" in October of 1970 when she overdosed on heroin in Hollywood. A year after her death, her single “Me and Bobby McGee” became a hit when her album Pearl was released posthumously.
5. Jim Morrison
Another member of the 27 Club is the iconic Doors froman, Jim Morrison, who passed way in Paris on July 3, 1971. Because there was no autopsy performed, to this day there is still speculation on how this singer, songwriter and poet died.