Talented Musicians Gone Too Soon.

Ronnie Van Zant, the lead vocalist and founder of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd is best known for the most requested song of all time, Free Bird. Forty-one years ago, in Jacksonville, Florida Van Zant, Allen Collins and Gary Rossington met in high school and formed a band called My Backyard. Eventually the band was joined by Leon Wilkenson and Billy Powell and the bands name changed from My Backyard to The Noble Five, and then One Percent, before they decided on the sticking name, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Continue reading “Ronnie Van Zant”

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Marvin Gaye

American singer and songwriter born April 2, 1939  Marvin Gaye Continue reading “Marvin Gaye”

Kurt Cobain

A talented but extremely troubled grunge performer, Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s.  Continue reading “Kurt Cobain”

“Biggie Smalls”

American hip-hop star Biggie Smalls was born as Christopher George Latore Wallace on May 21, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York. Continue reading ““Biggie Smalls””

Tupac Shakur

In the 1990’s the Hip hop scene changed forever, during this time Tupac Shakur was one of the most praised rappers of the time. He was extremely controversial: from his explicit lyrics praising the “Thug Life” to discriminatory lyrics towards woman. Yet he was also extremely poetic and strong supporter of the African American community. His lyrics were known to be extremely deep and have a lot of meaning. He had a long standing feud with former friend and rival New York City rapper “Biggie Smalls,” Continue reading “Tupac Shakur”

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was an extraordinary guitar player, singer, and song writer. He innovated his own style with the electric guitar, which nobody at the time had seen or heard before. Continue reading “Jimi Hendrix”

Bob Marley

Bob Marley is beyond great, he’s beyond a legend, Bob is in a league of his own. His brand and what he stands for is recognized and praised around the world. The term “One Love” derives from Bob Marley’s lifestyle, and the words he preached inside and outside of his music. Bob was passionate about a lot of things including sports, politics, charity, and of course music. Continue reading “Bob Marley”

Janis Joplin

Considered the premier female blues vocalist of the 60’s, Janis Joplin’s raw, uninhibited singing style was considered one of the biggest female stars of her lifetime. She was a very unique artist. She is including in the “27” category, which consist of a number of very talented musicians who all passed away at the age of 27. Widely regarded as one of the greatest performers, she was plagued by drug and alcohol addiction. The 1960’s was a very free spirited, anything goes time. This definitely played a big part in Janice Joplin’s success as well as her demise. Continue reading “Janis Joplin”

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