The Infamous 24 Rock Stars That Died at Age 27

by Kelley
Robert Leroy Johnson was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician.
Robert Leroy Johnson was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician.

This is not a comprehensive list—it is a list of rock stars who died infamously at the age of 27. The list includes blues artists such as Robert Johnson, as well as performers of rhythm and blues, since rock ‘n' roll grew from these genres, but does not include artists from other genres such as jazz or country, etc. The list also doesn’t include rockers who died of natural causes or accidents. Lastly, the artists are listed chronologically by the dates of their demise.

As the legend goes, blues artist Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads so he could attain virtuosity with the guitar. Well, somehow Johnson got his wish, recording 29 songs—many of them classics—during a short career. Perhaps Johnson’s greatest tunes were “Come on in My Kitchen,” “Sweet Home Chicago” and “Crossroad Blues,” famously covered by the rock group Cream on their double album set Wheels of Fire.

Many consider Johnson the father of modern rock ‘n’ roll. (Incidentally, an actor portrays a Johnson-like character in the movie Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?) It is generally accepted that Johnson was poisoned—perhaps given some tainted rye moonshine—by a jealous husband or girlfriend while playing at a juke joint near Greenwood, Mississippi. Johnson took days to die and was buried in an unmarked grave. Robert Johnson passed on August 16, 1938.

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