Which artist's death affected you the most?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by JohnnyQuest, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. Derek Slazenger

    Derek Slazenger Specs, rugs & rock n roll

    John Lennon and the death of The Beatles, and Bill Hicks (who I include here because of the musical interludes on his posthumous albums).
  2. angelo73

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    Michigan, USA
    John Lennon
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  3. Frankh

    Frankh Lucky Man

    Schenectady NY
    Allan Holdsworth
  4. chrism1971

    chrism1971 Forum Resident

    Glos, UK
    John Lennon
    ...and Lowell George.

    I could say Duane Allman, but I only really got into them in 72-3, after his death.
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  5. nikosvault

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  6. Sondek

    Sondek Forum Resident

    This would be my list too.
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  7. The Sage

    The Sage Well-Known Member

    Sydney Australia
    John Martyn and Warren Zevon hit me hardest.
  8. HenryFly

    HenryFly Forum Resident

    John Lennon

    Jeff Buckley

    Woody Guthrie's death via the stock-taking Bob Dylan went through to write the songs on 'John Wesley Harding'
  9. no time

    no time Forum Resident

    Michael Brecker, a bolt from the blue. I was sad for many days
  10. HenryFly

    HenryFly Forum Resident

    After 20 years I've come to terms with the death by misadventure line, and unless a suicide note is found that's how it must be seen. But what I feel in my heart is that he at least had a series of premonitions of early death, the last one strong enough a few days before drowning that he rang a number of friends up out of the blue and in some cases implied that this was goodbye.
    I turned 30 very close to his death and at the time the two things sent me spinning for a few weeks. Three pretty miserable albums pulled me out of the mire, oddly. Ok Computer, Time out of mind and Sound of lies.
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  11. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    Lowell George.
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  12. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    Rory Gallagher.
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  13. Django

    Django Forum Resident

    Dublin, Ireland
    Probably Kurt Cobain. I was 19 when he died. A big one for a lot of my generation.

    Recently Prince, David Bowie, George Michael, Allan Holdsworth all irreplacable talents.
  14. GroovyGuy

    GroovyGuy Forum Resident

    Halifax, NS Canada
    Gord Downie
    Tom Petty
    Michael Becker
  15. Holerbot6000

    Holerbot6000 Forum Resident

    John Lennon for me. I was 19 and a lifelong Beatles fan. Hearing about his death on Monday Night Football was a real punch to the gut. My friend and I talked all night on the phone, consoling each other and I ended up with a huge phone bill I couldn't afford to pay.

    More recently, it was Peter Christopherson of Throbbing Gristle, my other favorite band, not to mention a little group called Coil. He died relatively young and unexpectedly and just as he was in the middle of a very productive and rewarding creative period. He may have been Sleazy but he was alright with me.
  16. BurtThomasWard

    BurtThomasWard Guided by Loke In Memoriam

    Elvis and Lennon when I was a kid. Those are my first two actual memories, really. Probably because my mother was a fan of both and it affected her.

    As a youth/grown man: Phil Lynott, Freddie Mercury and Pete Steele. In addition there's quite a few artists I've discovered after their deaths that I wish could have lived longer, but that is really not the same.

    Lemmy was the least shocking ever and I was actually more relieved that the old man finally could get some rest. He had been a pretty sad spectacle after 2000 or so. You could tell that he was trapped in a role. No disrespect meant, just my opinion.
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  17. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    Johnny Winter.
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  18. AlexDelarge

    AlexDelarge Forum Resident

    Chris Cornell
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  19. Elvis
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  20. SteveCooks

    SteveCooks Forum Resident

    Bowie or Kobain?
    The men who sold their world.

    I was 17 for the latter 41 for the former.
    Almost mirror numbers.
  21. m0thra

    m0thra Active Member

    Jerry Garcia
    Elliott Smith
  22. Bullis

    Bullis Forum Resident

    John and Tom petty
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  23. hurple

    hurple Forum Resident

    Clinton, IL, USA
    John Lennon may come in first in this "contest" for me. I was 12 at the time, and lived in a house where music was just background noise, not really important and just something you had on in the background while house-cleaning. Hearing his music during the many tributes was like a bolt of lightning to me and started this crazy obsession I still have...

    Stevie Ray Vaughan was the first of my "favorites" to die suddenly and surprisingly.

    David Bowie

    Tom Petty
  24. seacliffe301

    seacliffe301 Forum Resident

    1. First & foremost, John Lennon.
    So tragic, and so unnecessary.

    2. Michael Jackson. Not because I was such a fan (I wasn’t), but simply due to our age. We’re only a couple of months apart. This guy has been on my radar since I was 11, and we’ve always been the same age. I guess it just drove home the vulnerability aspect.

    3. Keith Emerson. Although I did not know him personally, I followed him throughout the majority of his career, going back to the Nice.
    ELP were probably my 2nd favorite band, next to The Beatles. My impression of him over the years, either from interviews or reading his book, was that of a kind soul. Even watching a taped piece of him speaking to Rachel Flowers regarding his Moog conveyed a caring person.
    His music and his ability to perform clearly meant everything to him. It was reported that he was distraught with the concept of losing the ability to perform. He was even more devastated by the fact that he was letting his fans down. The notion that this somehow led to his decision and taking his own life is truly sad.
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  25. Dodoz

    Dodoz Forum Resident

    Kurt Cobain because being a teenager then, it was the first real death of one of my current music heroes I got to experience, in quite shocking and tragic circumstances.

    Jeff Buckley for about the same thing, and because the first report I read in the music press was unconfirmed yet and they wrote "we hope we have more positive news in the next issue". There was a blur. Was he dead? Was he still alive?

    Elliott Smith because I'd gotten into his music in 2001 and it's a missed opportunity that breaks my heart to this day. Prior to 2001, I'd heard his name but never heard the music (that'll teach me for not watching the Oscars!). For some reason, I thought he'd be an annoying lame pop folkie, and he was championed by a couple of french music magazines I didn't like, so I lumped him with boring acts these magazines used to advertise...Little did I know.
    One day in 2001, I was listening to music with a good friend from college and something grabbed my attention. "Who is it?" "Elliott Smith". "What? This is what Elliott Smith is?!". I was blown away by his musicality and his words - the songwriting, his voice, everything. I was aware that he had played TWICE in my town but as i was saying I didn't care/wasn't aware at the time (in 1998 and in 2000, neither was sold out - I think there's a recording of the second show, I wish I had it) so I was like, "I hope he comes back!" and then...he died.

    This well-known picture was taken in my town and I think of Elliott whenever I walk past this bar, which is often.


    And France Gall two days ago really affected me, because she's always been around and a very important artist from my childhood onwards, lots and lots of personal memories around her music,it's like losing a relative, no less.
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