Club 27 A Quick Overview

The tragic death of Amy Winehouse, has many talking about musicians that have died at that age.  Someone labeled it, “Club 27”  In fact, someone wrote a book on it.

Here are a few of the most infamous ones.  On July 3, 1969, Brian Jones, the founding member of the Rolling Stones drowned in a swimming pool at age 27.  Fourteen months later, Jimi Hendrix died of asphyxiation on September 18, 1970.  About 2 weeks after that, Janis Joplin overdosed on heroin in a Hollywood Motel on October 4, 1970.

During that same time, Alan Wilson of Canned Heat died of an overdose and possible suicide on September 3, 1970.  His death was overshadowed by the deaths of Hendrix and Joplin.

Nine months after that, Jim Morrison died of heart failure, although an autopsy was never done on the second anniversary of Brian Jones death July 3, 1971.

At the time, the age was not followed.  In fact, the commonality was the letter “J”.  Jones, Jimi, Joplin and Jim.  Then in 1973, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan  died of a hemorrhage, a result of alcohol.

Here is a link to an article of others that died at 27

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  1. Thanks for remembering Alan Wilson of Canned Heat in this post! He is one of the lesser known of the “27s”, but definitely among the most fascinating! I have written an independently published bio of him, and also contribute to a family operated tribute website in his honor. To learn more about his mysterious death (which in my conclusive opinion was NOT a suicide), you can check out my book, “Blind Owl Blues”, or the family’s website at

    Thanks again for remembering him!! Don’t forget to boogie!

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