Quiz about Singing Stars of the Forever 27 Club
Quiz about Singing Stars of the Forever 27 Club

Singing Stars of the "Forever 27" Club Quiz


If you don't believe in coincidences, than what else explains how all these entertainers came to die at the age of 27?

A multiple-choice quiz by darksplash. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
darksplash
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
340,633
Updated
Jul 18 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
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1. Some call it "The 27 Club" and the list of musicians who died at the age of 27 is impressive. Which of these 'members' famously asked the Lord to give her a Mercedes Benz? Hint

Ella Fitzgerald
Cass Elliott
Karen Carpenter
Janis Joplin

2. The Rolling Stones were one of the biggest rock bands of their day but tragedy struck with the death of a founder-member in 1969 at the age of 27. Who was he? Hint

Dave Dee
Gerard Smith
Brian Jones
Gerry Rafferty

3. All along the watchtower the mourners came in view following the demise of one of the greatest rock guitarists of his era. Who probably did not have to be asked "Are You Experienced"? to join the heavenly choir? Hint

Ron Ashton
Mike Laboa
Jimmy Boyd
Jimi Hendrix

4. Which singing star who died at the age of 27 in July 2011 perhaps should have said "yes" when they asked her to go to rehab? Hint

Eartha Kitt
Gidget Gein
Paula Goodspeed
Amy Winehouse

5. He was a rider on a storm that blew him away at the all-too young age of 27 in 1971. Which star's final resting place in Paris became a shrine for his fans? Hint

Jim Morrison
Les Paul
Frank Zappa
Norman Whitfield

6. Teenage kicks may be hard to beat, but teen spirit does not last forever, no matter how fragrant. Which artist was left free from suffering following his suicide in 1994 at the age of 27? Hint

Sheb Wooley
Brad Nowell
Lou Rawls
Kurt Cobain

7. He was, some said, the inaugural member of the "27 Club", performers who died at that age. While he lived too early to have been a big recording star, which of these Southern-born blues singers was a major influence on those who followed?
Hint

Steve Goodman
Jerry Reid
Robert Johnson
Steve Clarke

8. His brother was a sensational singer, but which guitarist turned down a chance to be an animal and might have said "stone the crows" if anyone predicted he would be in the "27 Club"? Hint

Jim Croce
Andy Gibb
Tiny Tim
Les Harvey

9. He was noted for his keyboard skills with a rock band of the 1960s that was feted for the breadth of its music and its improvising style. Its fans became known as Deadheads, but who were they left mourning when he died at the age of 27 in 1973? Hint

Townes Van Zandt
Jerry Finn
Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan
Conway Twitty

10. Richey Edwards became an honorary member of the "dead at 27 club" only because he disappeared at that age in 1995 and was never seen again. He was officially presumed dead in November 2008. Of which Welsh band was he a member?
Hint

The Corrs
Catatonia
Rockpile
Manic Street Preachers


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Some call it "The 27 Club" and the list of musicians who died at the age of 27 is impressive. Which of these 'members' famously asked the Lord to give her a Mercedes Benz?

Answer: Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas on January 1943 and died in Los Angeles on October 4 1970. Joplin was famous for her drug use and a heroin overdose, some say accidental, claimed her life.
One of the last tracks that Joplin recorded was the Mercedes Benz song:
"Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?"
Joplin was something of a non-conformist at school and University and moved to California where she hung out with beat poets and started to write songs.
A growing reputation earned her a place in the band Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1966. That lasted just two years and several other bands and solo projects followed. Joplin was a prolific writer and recording artists, but her biggest hit was to be "Me and Bobby McGee" which was co-written by her former lover Kris Kristofferson, and was a posthumous US Number one song on the Billboard charts
2. The Rolling Stones were one of the biggest rock bands of their day but tragedy struck with the death of a founder-member in 1969 at the age of 27. Who was he?

Answer: Brian Jones

Brian Jones was born on 28th February 1942 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and was found dead in a swimming pool at Hartfield, Sussex on 3rd July 1969. The death of the multi-instrumentalist came just seven years after he founded the Stones. The original line-up in July 1962 was Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ian Stewart, Dick Taylor, and Tony Chapman.

By the following January the band had settled down to comprise Jones, Jagger, Richards, Stewart, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts. The band became a success, with eight UK Number one singles and five US number one songs in the 1960s.
3. All along the watchtower the mourners came in view following the demise of one of the greatest rock guitarists of his era. Who probably did not have to be asked "Are You Experienced"? to join the heavenly choir?

Answer: Jimi Hendrix

Hyperbole is common in rock music, but few would argue that Hendrix was probably the best electric guitarist - ever.
Born in Seattle, Washington in November 27 1942, Hendrix was found dead, apparently having choked, on September 18, 1970 at Kensington, London.
Hendrix was revered by peers and fans alike and was a consummate performer. Chart success eluded him, though, with his biggest hit being his cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower". It reached Number 20 in the US in 1968, though Hendrix had five top 10 hits in the UK, including the Number one, "Voodoo Child" in 1967. "Are You Experienced?" was the title of an LP released in 1966.
4. Which singing star who died at the age of 27 in July 2011 perhaps should have said "yes" when they asked her to go to rehab?

Answer: Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was born on September 14, 1983 in London and died in that city on July 23, 2011 of a suspected drugs overdose.
Winehouse packed a lot into a short career, but throughout she was bedeviled with problems of alcohol and drugs abuses. Her 2006 album "Back To Black" was a chart topper in the UK and earned five Grammys.
In 2008, the song "Rehab" earned three Grammys. It had the - perhaps visionary - line "They tried to make me go to rehab but I said no, no, no." (In fact Winehouse did seek treatment for her addictions on several occasions.)
5. He was a rider on a storm that blew him away at the all-too young age of 27 in 1971. Which star's final resting place in Paris became a shrine for his fans?

Answer: Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison was born in Florida on December 8, 1943 and died in Paris on July 3, 1971. He formed The Doors in 1965 and the band went on to produce some acclaimed recordings, such as "Riders On The Storm" and "Light My Fire, a US Number one single. Many people were struck by Morrison's poetic approach to lyric writing.

He was found dead in his Paris apartment, but as no post-mortem examination took place, a cause of death was never satisfactorily established. He was buried in Paris and thousands of people visit his grave each year.
6. Teenage kicks may be hard to beat, but teen spirit does not last forever, no matter how fragrant. Which artist was left free from suffering following his suicide in 1994 at the age of 27?

Answer: Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain was born on February 20, 1967 in Aberdeen, Washington and died on April 5, 1994 in Seattle, Washington.
He was the co-founder and lead singer of the band Nirvana. ("Free from suffering" is one description of the term Nirvana in some Indian religions). The band formed in 1987, but their career took off in 1990. The single "Smells Like Teen Spirits" was a top 10 hit in several countries. Despite being hailed as a spokesman for a new generation, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction and his official cause of death was suicide.
7. He was, some said, the inaugural member of the "27 Club", performers who died at that age. While he lived too early to have been a big recording star, which of these Southern-born blues singers was a major influence on those who followed?

Answer: Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson was born in Mississippi on May 8, 1911 and died in the same state on August 16, 1938.
He was an itinerant singer and guitarist whose techniques were copied by the many who followed. In his lifetime he sold few records, but that changed when they were reissued at the start of the 1960s. In 2008, "Rolling Stone" magazine placed him fifth in a list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
8. His brother was a sensational singer, but which guitarist turned down a chance to be an animal and might have said "stone the crows" if anyone predicted he would be in the "27 Club"?

Answer: Les Harvey

Les Harvey was born in Glasgow on September 13, 1944 and died in Swansea, Wales, on May 3, 1972 when be was electrocuted by a live microphone.
He was a brother of Alex Harvey, frontman of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. Les Harvey was asked by Alan Price to join The Animals in the 1960s. He went on to form Stone The Crows in 1969. The band recorded four albums before breaking up in 1973.
9. He was noted for his keyboard skills with a rock band of the 1960s that was feted for the breadth of its music and its improvising style. Its fans became known as Deadheads, but who were they left mourning when he died at the age of 27 in 1973?

Answer: Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan

Ron McKernan was born on September 8, 1945 in San Bruno, California and died on March 8, 1973 at Corte Madera, California. He was a founder member of The Grateful Dead in 1965. The band played in many styles, including jazz, blues, folk and reggae. He died from medical complications brought about by his alcoholism.
10. Richey Edwards became an honorary member of the "dead at 27 club" only because he disappeared at that age in 1995 and was never seen again. He was officially presumed dead in November 2008. Of which Welsh band was he a member?

Answer: Manic Street Preachers

Richey Edwards was born on December 22. 1967 and was member of the Welsh band Manic Street Preachers. He started off as their roadie, but through strength of character came to dominate the others and became their spokesman. If truth be told, many of the concerts featured him pretending to play the rhythm guitar.

However, he did become their chief songwriter. He disappeared on February 1, 1995, the day before he was due to fly to the USA on a promotional tour. His car was found 14 days later parked near the Severn Bridge.

Despite rumoured sightings thereafter, no trace was ever found of him.
Source: Author darksplash

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