What is the 27 Club?

More than three-dozen musicians who all died at the age of 27 are typically referred to as The 27s, The 27 Club, and sometimes The Forever 27 Club.

The 27 Club includes some of the most famous rockers of all time, including Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison of The Doors, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, and most recently, Amy Winehouse.

The rest of the roster includes underground heavy-hitters such as:

  • Chris Bell of Big Star — ever heard the title track to That 70s Show?
  • Pete Ham — the co-writer of the pop classic Without You, made famous by Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey
  • Alan Wilson — wrote and sang the hippie anthem Up In the Country, which sets the mood to the Woodstock movie
  • Gary Thain — the baddest bass player of the 1970s
  • Arlester Christian — the man defined named a music genre with his song Funky Broadway

…and many, many more

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