After going out on her own, she had a few unsuccessful singles under various names. She signed to Warner Brothers and started using her real name. This led to some success and her career was in the ascendancy.
After returning home following a successful gig at the Apollo, she fell into a diabetic coma from which she didn’t recover. This is Linda with Doggin' Me Around.
AL WILSON died around the time Jimi Hendrix kicked the bucket so there wasn’t much said about it then, or since for that matter.
Blind Owl, as he was called by the rest of the band, was the lead guitarist, occasional singer and main songwriter for Canned Heat. He was the elfin looking one with the thick Buddy Holly style glasses, thus the nickname.
He was the singer on most of their hits, Goin’ up the Country and On the Road Again especially. Al was also a noted conservationist.
He died of a drug overdose that might have been suicide. As the two songs mentioned are quite well known, I’ll play another where he sings and plays lead guitar, Time Was.
JESSE BELVIN was from San Antonio but his family moved to Los Angeles when he was five.
His musical career began when he joined Big Jay McNeely’s group as a backing singer in 1950. A couple of years later, he went out on his own and recorded several songs that weren’t very successful.
He was drafted and upon his return, he signed up to several different record labels using different names. I don’t know what would have happened if he’d been booked on a bill with himself, although I guess he could go backstage and change his suit or some such.
Anyway, he recorded smooth soulful songs in the manner of Nat King Cole and Billy Eckstine. He was a model for Sam Cooke and other such singers.
Jesse died with his wife in a car accident in 1960, just after performing in a concert he had organised in Little Rock. This was the first integrated concert in that city and there had been several death threats on him because of that. There was speculation that his car was tampered with. Nobody checked.
Instead of one of his more famous proto-soul songs, this is the old Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer song Blues in the Night.
A little more recent was Kurt Cobain. I thought of playing Smells Like Teen Spirit but decided it was a bit much for a quiet Sunday morning.
Also, in somewhat unusual circumstances, was Michael Hutchence of INXS.
Coming right up to date, several rappers also met their demise at 27, all of them shot...
...and quite recently and not too unexpectedly, Amy Winehouse.
I wanted to include Otis Redding and Gram Parsons, but they didn’t even make 27, both dying a year too early.