The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches

By Jeremy Simmonds

The bible of music’s deceased idols—Jeff Buckley, Sid Vicious, Jimi Hendrix, Tupac, Elvis—this is the last word list of all those that arrived, rocked, and looked at during the last 40-odd years of quick automobiles, inner most jets, challenging medicinal drugs, and reckless dwelling. The truths at the back of hundreds of thousands of interesting stories—such as how blood brother Holly purely made up our minds to fly so he’d have time to complete his laundry—are coupled with perennial questions, together with Which band boasts the main useless participants? and Who had the brilliant thought of fixing a mild bulb whereas status within the shower?, in addition to a couple of stories of lesser-known rock tragedies. up to date to incorporate the entire rock deaths because the earlier edition—including Ike Turner, Dan Fogelberg, Bo Diddley, Isaac Hayes, Eartha Kitt, Michael Jackson, Clarence Clemons, Amy Winehouse, and lots of, many more—this new version has been comprehensively revised all through. An quintessential reference choked with worthy and lifeless info, with countless numbers of pictures of the great, the undesirable, and the foolish, this assortment is certain to rock the area of minutiae buffs and diehards alike.

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One other belter, this list showcased the enormous skills of Joe Meek - greatly the UK’s personal ‘Shadow’ Morton. Meek and composer Geoff Goddard claimed to have spoken to the overdue blood brother Holly in a séance - their bespectacled hero informed them the track could visit no 1. Which it did. three ‘Tell Laura i admire Her’ Ricky Valance/Ray Peterson (1960) regardless of US most sensible Ten prestige, Ray Peterson’s model of Jeff Barry’s seminal pile-up sob-inducer drew the ire of Christian teams, who suggestion it ‘ungodly’. For younger Welsh crooner David Spencer (recently renamed in deference to past due singer Ritchie Valens), the stuff began to hit the fan while the BBC positioned a ban on it after numerous motorsport deaths that 12 months - however it nonetheless lapped all competition, finishing the yr in pole place. The tune additionally spawned the 1st ‘answer’ list within the form of Laura Lee’s ‘Tell Tommy I omit Him’ (1961) – one other Meek creation. four ‘Running undergo’ Johnny Preston (1960) This transatlantic chart-topper - whole with ersatz whoops - acknowledged the melodramatic story of the younger courageous and the objective of his affections (a rival tribe’s Little White Dove) who have been pulled underwater as they tried to consummate their love. one other tale of local American love got here within the form of Roy Orbison’s ‘Indian Wedding’, whose tragic couple disappeared within the snow (yes, fairly) in lyrics too trite to endure repetition right here. five ‘Teen Angel’ Mark Dinning (1960) surprise, horror - Dinning’s deceased motive force was once a girl- bringing one other BBC ban for a list that had shifted over 1000000 copies within the States. Boasting (if that’s the proper verb) but extra of the crassest verses obvious in pop track, ‘Teen Angel’ was once co-written by means of Dinning’s sister Jean – previously of forties vocal sensations the imaginatively named Dinning Sisters. to people who comprehend their paintings, this can make whole experience. 6 ‘Honey’ Bobby Goldsboro (1968) Replete with heavenly choirs of angels, Goldsboro’s US chart-topper (and two times united kingdom runner-up) shifted mawk on a way technologically yet by no means relatively acquired round to telling us how Honey snuffed it. She’d already wrecked Bobby’s automobile - so it couldn’t were that. I suggest, two times might were undeniable silly. 7 ‘Ebony Eyes’ The Everly Brothers (1961) The spin the following was once that ‘Ebony Eyes’ was once a tender bride-to-be killed in an air crash as she flew to marry her GI groom not able to safe depart for a rite at domestic. This overly emotional sentimental delusion was once initially the B-side to the Brothers’ ‘Walk correct Back’. eight ‘Terry’ Twinkle (1964) prior to The Shangri-Las, there has been adorable little Lynne Ripley - aka British vocalist Twinkle. simply prior to the ‘Leader of the Pack’, a grease-stained, DA-sporting British biker arrived within the form of ‘Terry’. Like ‘The Leader’, Twinkle’s fella rode his motorcycle into oblivion - and he too left a less-than-adept chanteuse to cry at his graveside. nine ‘The Water was once crimson’ Johnny Cymbal (1963) so that you could the murky depths of the chart. well known crooner Johnny Cymbal (possibly now not his actual identify) surfaced in 1963 with some of the most strange tearjerkers, the definitely over-the-top ‘The Water used to be Red’.

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