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“10 Musical Legends Whose Deaths Were Legendary” – Re-done

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Ok, maybe I shouldn’t be one to talk…since I haven’t done a very good job keeping up with my own blog. But sometime I’ve got to come out of the hiatus when people over look the obvious. In case you’ve ever read Rob O’Conner’s blog on Yahoo!  “List of the Day” – you might know what I’m talking about. This isn’t the first time I thought he did a terrible job with his picks. See the blog he gets paid for here — http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/listoftheday/131478/10-musical-legends-whose-deaths-were-legendary/

Alright, now what should be the real list:

10. Jeff Buckley – Much more talented than just being ranked #10. But, he didn’t get much of a chance to leave a mark on the world. His voice was amazing. No other version of “Hallelujah” comes close to his cover.

9. Randy Rhoads/Duane Allman – I believe the youngest people on this list. They made everyone re-think how to play the electric guitar. Allman died at 24, in a motorcycle wreck and there’s no limit to what he did and could have done to Southern Rock. Randy died while pranking Ozzy Osbourne with his low-flying pilot – the plane actually clipped the tour bus and crashed. Randy brought classical music into metal. Only making it to 26, he had already changed the face of 80’s hair metal.

8. Keith Moon/John Bonham – I don’t really want to group these 2, but they were both insanely good drummers. Their influence still lives on.

7. Cliff Burton – Maybe the least recognizable name on this list. But, he’s the reason we know of the band Metallica. Still considered one of the best (if not THE BEST) bassists ever. He did things with 4 strings that people didn’t think were possible at the time. If he had lived through the 80’s, its very likely that Load – St. Anger would not be considered low points for Metallica.

6. Bob Marley – While I’m not that big of a fan of Marley. (Sorry, I just don’t appreciate Reggae that much) I still have a huge amount of respect for a guy that defines his entire genre. Nobody makes that kind of music without getting compared to him — or at least sharing his last name.

5. Kurt Cobain – This was Rob O’Connor’s biggest oversight. The music of the 90’s wouldn’t exist without him. He single handedly killed hair-metal. His suicide made a whole lot of people re-think their fantasies about being famous. If nothing else he continued the rockstar tradition of making it to 27.

4. Elvis Presley/2pac — I know, I know…its very weird to combine the two. Elvis makes it this high, because of the obvious. But 2pac gets this high for me because he shares the same after-death treatment as the king of rock-n-roll. They both have huge cult followings that believe they didn’t really die. Elvis had peaked long before his death, but his legend only grew. And 2pac became arguably the most famous and respected rapper – especially with so much of his work released posthumously.

3. Michael Jackson – He gets mentioned, but then not placed on Rob’s list …interesting. I’m sorry, but this is the same thing as #4, only this will be bigger than Elvis. I’ve already heard people trying to spread rumor that Jackson’s death is a hoax, there’s question of murder or accidental death, and lets not forget – its freakin Michael Jackson. His music is timeless, his life-style was insane, and his influence will never end. 

2. John Lennon – Possibly the most tragic death on this list. This guy was a Beatle. That alone qualifies you for most influential people of all time. He had been there – done that. He didn’t need to accomplish anything else. Yet, it still feels like he was robbed from the world. We all want to know what else he could have done.

1. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison – The 60’s died when these 3 heavy hitters left the world. The legend of “age 27” starts with them. Joplin was a pioneer for women in rock. Morrison was an anomaly that changed everyone’s image of the classic “frontman”. Jimi Hendrix only needs his guitar to do the talking.

Alright so my ‘top 10’ included 15 people – sweet. And, just for the fun of it – Honorable mentions…

Bradley Nowell– Sublime is still one of the most influential bands of the 90’s, after like what…one album?
Sid Vicious – He only made it to 22…really?
Dimebag Darrell– One of the best metal guitarists of all time. The way he was killed in front of his brother is horrible.
Freddy Mercury – It doesn’t matter what his sexual orientation was…he will always be a requirement for top singers lists.
Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, The Big Bopper – 3 major tragedies all in one.
Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines – Southern rock suffered a huge loss with this plane crash.

Near misses –

Travis Barker – He and DJ AM nearly lost their lives in a plane crash. Tragically, DJ AM found another way to go.
Billy Joel – 1 suicide attempt and 3 car crashes…is he cheating death or have a death wish?
All Members of Motley Crue – Seriously. Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx…how did they survive?