[an error occurred while processing this directive] George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight | Living Fast, Dying Young: Jim Morrison And The 27 Club


Sundays 8pm to 11pm on Radio 2

New Episodes at CBC Music

New Episodes at CBC Music

Need more Strombo Show? Head over to our page on CBC Music for new episodes, playlists and video extras.

CBC Music Past Shows



Living Fast, Dying Young: Jim Morrison And The 27 Club
July 3, 2012
submit to reddit

41 years ago today, on July 3, 1971, Jim Morrison died in Paris of apparent heart failure. He was 27 years old, the age Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin were when they died (separately) the year before, the age Kurt Cobain was when he committed suicide in 1994, and the age Amy Winehouse was at the time of her death in 2011. In fact, so many well-known musicians have passed away at the age of 27 that the phenomenon has a nickname: the 27 Club.

So is there a correlation between being a famous musician and dying at age 27? Medical science says ... not really. Research published last December in the British Medical Journal found that while fame may increase the risk of death for musicians - they found musicians in their 20s and 30s were two to three times more likely to die prematurely than the general UK population - that risk is not limited to age 27.

Still, the list of legendary musicians who died at 27 includes some of the greatest who ever lived. And that means the myth of the 27 Club will probably live on. To commemorate Jim Morrison and the many other talented musicians who passed away at the same age, here are some of their songs:

Jim Morrison - The Doors Perform 'Light My Fire'

Jimi Hendrix - 'Rock Me Baby' At Monterey Pop Festival

Kurt Cobain - Nirvana Plays 'Heart Shaped Box' In Rome, Italy

Amy Winehouse - 'Tears Dry On Their Own'

Chris Bell - 'I Am The Cosmos'

D. Boon - The Minutemen Perform 'History Lesson - Part II'

Janis Joplin - 'Cry Baby' Live In Toronto

Brian Jones - The Rolling Stones Perform 'Carol' & 'Tell Me' With Brian On Lead Guitar

Robert Johnson - 'Me And The Devil Blues'

Related stories on Strombo.com:

Happy Birthday Kurt Cobain: 27 Songs That Influenced Nirvana's Lead Singer


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.