Musicians, DJs and singers who died at the top of their careers – Wake And Listen

By Dimas PL

The final chapter of Dr.House already said it: “Everybody Dies”. Or that other series, Two meters underground: “Everything. Everyone. Everywhere. ends.”

*What a great capacity I have to remember television quotes above the biblical ones. What will the parish priest of my town think of all this? I don’t know, he’s in jail.

In short, everyone is the palm, and that, of course, does not rule out our lively musicians. What’s more, they seem to die more, or double, for all the pageantry that follows their demise.

And as always, for an affair to end at a high point is much more traumatic than when it ends after years of unhappiness and quarrels. That’s why, today at Wake And Listen, we bring you a few musicians who didn’t have time to do anything wrong and died at the height of their careers.

*Let’s see, they probably did something wrong, but I’m sure you’d keep referencing them in an Instagram Story.

Musicians and singers who died at the top of their careers

Janis Joplin and diacetylmorphine

The authentic JJ, the deep scream of psychedelic rock and the glasses of the 60s. When she passed away, she was one of the most relevant singers/musicians in the world.

led Big Brother and continued on the road to stardom supported by Albert Grossmannthe manager of Bob Dylan. In 1969, she was already much better known than her own band and she went off to found another: the Kozmic Blues Band.

His success, his television appearances and his tours grew, and in 1970, he prepared to publish “Pearl”, a record that would ultimately be posthumous.

In October 1970, she was found dead in her hotel room at the age of 27.

The inquest was brief* but death was ruled the result of a heroin overdose.

Pearl went quadruple platinum over the years.

*What still makes conspiracy theorists suspicious.

Selena and her fan club

don’t you remember Selena Quintanilla-Perez? Well, he sold some 18 million records worldwide and was:

  • Designer.
  • And something else.

Hispanic musician and celebrity, prolific as they come, credited with introducing Latin music genres to the US airwaves.

He was born in Texas in 1971 and rose to fame at a very young age. your disk enter my world (1992) was number 1 on the Mexican album chart of bill board for eight consecutive months. In turn, barely out of adolescence, she acted as a well-known community activist and civic personality.

It was in 1995, when 23-year-old Selena, on the verge of sweeping the release of her first English-language album, was gunned down by the head of her own fan club, Yolanda Saldívar*, who had recently been fired for embezzling. club funds.

Two years after her death, The New York Times compared her to myths of the likes of marilyn monroe either Elvis Presley.

The 2017 Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in his name drew the largest crowd in the history of these events. His impact on pop music and contemporary fashion lives on to this day.

*“Three days after the jury returned a guilty verdict on the first-degree murder charge, Saldívar was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. He will be eligible for parole on March 30, 2025.”

Kurt Cobain anda gunshot wound to the head

Nirvanathat band that popularized cynicism, ripped jeans and grunge in a commercially viable way.

The main songwriter and artistic visionary behind the band was Kurt Cobainthe cursed angel, who gave us hymns like «Smells Like Teen Spirit«, «snuff me” either “About a girl«.

Cryptic and vindictive lyrics, where an entire generation was reflected, crowned him as the voice of this, a title he never wanted.

Only three musicians Kurt, Krist and Dave for only three jewels in the history of music bleach (1989), never mind (1991) and in utero (1993).

never mindto this day it has sold thirty million copies worldwide and has been ranked number 6 on the list of The 500 greatest albums of all time (2020) and the number 1 of The 100 Greatest Albums of the ’90s according to Rolling Stone magazine. At the time he ousted Dangerous, michael jacksonfrom number 1 on the Billboard album chart.

in utero debuted at number 1 on the same list in October 1993, so when the group recorded their concert of mtv unplugged a month later, they were, legitimately, the biggest band on the face of the earth.

Just a few weeks later, the 27-year-old rock star, kurt donald cobain, took his own life at his home in Seattle. It was April 1994. An autopsy concluded that Cobain’s death was the result of “a gunshot wound inflicted to the head.”

“It is better to burn than to fade slowly”was his response to the world and the post date of his suicide letter.

Sam Cooke and a motel manager

Crowned “The Most Important Soul Singer in History”, Sam Cooke He was what would be called in Transformers as a “Bridge Man”*. Come on, one of the first musicians to build a path between the white and black audiences.

*He would be part of the Autobots, of course.

One of the first black musicians to found a record label, as well as being a visible figure in the civil rights movement. In his 30s, he sang in the choir at his father’s church. In the ’50s, he was putting out, BUMM!, some of the biggest hits of the entire decade. R&B, gospel, some pop, for a sound ahead of his time.

However, in 1964, Cooke he was involved in a bizarre altercation with the night manager of a motel, a lady who shot him, because according to her, Cooke tried to attack her.

Many say it was a misunderstanding, others that it was a wrongful homicide and just because he is black… We won’t know.

The exact circumstances surrounding his death have been in question ever since, and the truth of what happened that night remains a mystery.

Tupac Shakur and Las Vegas

Before he was the master and lord of the defining rap of the 90s, tupac he played a hip hop lad, pipe, occasional vocalist… However, in 1991, he was ready to break through in a big way.

He soon became a regular presence on the charts and on MTV with one hit after another. Normally portraits of the hard life of the African American in the city.

Certainly the most lyrical and visceral of gangsta rap.

Shakur he was killed in a shootout in Las Vegas in September 1996. While they were waiting at a stop light, a Cadillac pulled up to the right side of Shakur’s vehicle and one of its occupants quickly fired at him.

At 25, the star had reached a career milestone just two months earlier: reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Avicii and a broken bottle of wine

Lately we are lacking in rock stars, DJs have practically succeeded them. Martin garrix, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Skrillexavicii (Tim Bergling). For practical purposes they take the same drugs, but they have a different audience.

avicii he was incredibly in-demand and well-paid, almost ubiquitous on the night scene with tracks like “levels«, «you make me«, «I Could Be the One” Y “wake me up“, success that reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

But even if all your dreams come true, the physical and mental health problems are still there. She had pancreatitis probably due to excessive alcohol consumption, and at the age of 24, she had her appendix and gallbladder removed.

And in the spring of 2018, at 28…

“Our dear Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An overly successful perfectionist who traveled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life so he could be happy and do what he loved the most: music. He really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness. He now he could no longer continue. He wanted to find peace. Tim wasn’t cut out for the business machine he found himself on; He was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight. Tim, you will always be loved and sadly missed. The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive. We love you, the family.”

The cause of death? Suicide caused by self-inflicted injuries with a broken wine bottle.

Buddy Holly and a bad day for flying

The death of Buddy Hollyalong with that of Richie Valens and the Big Bopper in a plane crash in February 1959, was so shocking and devastating that to this day that fateful incident is known as “The day the music died”.

Even Don McLean, moved, gave him to compose «American Pie«*, an ominous theme that presaged, before Putin, the end of the United States.

*Neither the cake nor the movie saga, the song.

In his day Buddy Holly was noted as a soloist on par with Elvis Presley.

*In terms of fame and influence, Elvis and Buddy were the same height, 1.82.

Plus, it filled that void, left in the still-fledgling rock genre in the late ’50s, when Presley temporarily abandoned it to enlist in the army. Holly was in the midst of an exhausting tour, electrifying crowds in cities across the country when she died. He had already scored seven Top 40 hits and it had only been a little over two years since the start of his career.

Indeed, something similar happened to good Jim Croce.

Amy Winehouse and not knowing how to say no to what she should say no to

The winehouse*. That girl who disembarked from her journey from the 60s in the needy 2000s. Beehive hairdo, retro clothing and the eye line blacker than the heart of an orc.

Also, of course, an incredible voice, with the strength and prominence of a sibyl of the most entrenched blues.

Dark and personal lyrics, which under the skilful production of mark ronson they sounded contemporary. Here we have the example ofrehab«. Written from Winehouse’s experience of turning down Nick Shymansky’s request to check into a rehab facility.

“But I said no, no, no”

Winehouse became a global celebrity out of the rehab center, winning big at the grammy of 2008. Of the four most important awards that were delivered that night, the singer won three: Record of the Year, song of the year Y Best New Artist.

Nevertheless, winehouse He never managed to stop using drugs and alcohol, and what happened happened, the 27-year-old singer died of alcohol poisoning in 2011.

*Oh, irony of disrespectful fate,

that it ended like this, Amanda,

calling itself “Wine House”

Jeff Buckley and the Mississippi River

Taking into account his brief time on stage and his limited work, Jeff Buckley it is a legend.

*Although, what the hell, the same is what is needed: appear at the right moment, give your best, and disappear. Although better to retire to an island with the money than nothing to die.

The singer-songwriter’s voice Buckley it was ethereal, sensual and painfully moving. Like a ballerina from the Imperial Ballet under a bombardment.

“Grace”, their only studio album, received critical acclaim and was on several “best fucking of the year” lists. Although it was released in 1994, it didn’t really become popular until 1995 due to notable singles like “Grace”, “Last Goodbye” or his version of “Hallelujah”.

Buckley was recognized as one of the best new musicians of 1995 by Rolling Stone and the MTV Video Music Awards.

At the age of 30, he seemed on the verge of becoming one of the biggest idols of his generation, but that fact never quite came to fruition due to his mysterious passing just two years after receiving the warm embrace of the music industry.

While in Memphis for the recording of his second album, in May 1997, Buckley bathed in the Mississippi River, submerged, and never surfaced.

A week later, his body was found.

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Musicians, DJs and singers who died at the top of their careers – Wake And Listen