collection: famous music deaths
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from the replacements posted in music by prof_improbable
Bob Stinson, lead guitarist for the legendary rock band the Replacements, died in an apartment above this address on 2/18/95.
Despite reports to the contrary, Stinson did not die of an overdose, but as the coroner reported, "...rather his body simply wore out after years of abuse."
This location is referenced in Chuck Klosterman's, "Killing Yourself to Live."
from etta james posted in music by prof_improbable
Etta James (a.k.a Jamesetta Hawkins, a.k.a. Miss Peaches, a.k.a. The he Matriarch of R&B) died of complications related to leukemia at the Riverside Community Hospital on January 20, 2012. She had been diagnosed with the disease in early 2011.
Etta James had received numerous awards throughout her career, including six Grammy Awards, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1993), the Rockabilly Hall of Fame (2001), and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2003).
Etta James was 73 years old when she died.
The Obamas slow-danced to James' signature song, "At Last," during one of their inaugural balls on January 21, 2009.
from blind melon posted in music by crabapple
On Saturday, Oct. 21, 1995, Shannon Hoon was found dead from a heroin overdose in the Blind Melon tour bus near Kingsway Studios, where the band had recorded their second album, Soup, earlier that year. He was 28 years old.
from gwar posted in music by prof_improbable
Gwar guitarist, Corey Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus), was found passed away in his bunk in the tour bus of this border town gas station on 11/3/11.
A statement from the band said, "Flattus has decided to return to his beloved 'Planet Home', and will never return to this mudball planet again. And this is a sadder place for that."
from davy jones, the monkees posted in music by corporate_sunshine
Davy Jones (actor/singer/musician, former member of the Monkees), was pronounced dead of a heart attack at Martin Medical Center on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 29. Jones had been complaining of chest pains the previous night at his Indiantown, Florida.
Jones was initially an actor, appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show with the cast of Oliver! the same night the Beatles made their first appearance on that show (on February 9,1964). Later recalling that evening, Jones said:
"I watched the Beatles from the side of the stage, I saw the girls going crazy, and I said to myself, this is it, I want a piece of that."
From 1966 to 1971, Jones starred in the hit tv show The Monkees, a semi-parody sitcom version of The Beatles that created some fun tunes like "Last Train to Clarksville","Daydream Believer", and the psychedelic-inspired film (co-written by Jack Nicholson), Head.