Some Rock and Roll Deaths

Jimi Hendrix, Age 27, September 18, 1970 London, England Asphyxiation on vomit

Jim Morrison (The Doors), Age 27, July 3, 1971 Paris, France Heart failure (disputed)

Elvis Presley, Age 42, August 16, 1977 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Heart attack

John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Age 32, September 25, 1980 Windsor, England Asphyxiation on vomit

John Lennon (The Beatles), Age 40, December 8, 1980 New York City, New York, USA Shot to death by Mark David Chapman

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Age 35, August 27, 1990 East Troy, Wisconsin, USA Helicopter accident

Steve Clark (Def Leppard), Age 30, January 8, 1991 London, England Accidental overdose of painkillers, anti-depressants, and alcohol

Freddie Mercury (Queen), Age 45,  November 24, 1991 London, England Complications due to AIDS

Frank Zappa, Age, 52 December 4, 1993 Los Angeles, California, USA Prostate cancer

Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Age 27, April 5, 1994 Seattle, Washington, USA Suicide

Layne Staley (Alice in Chains), Age 34, April 5, 2002 Seattle, Washington, USA Speedball overdose

Johnny Cash, Age 71, September 12, 2003 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Complications from diabetes

Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd), Age 60, July 7, 2006 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England Pancreatic cancer

Michael Jackson, Age 50, June 25, 2009 Los Angeles, California, USA Cardiac arrest

Les Paul, Age 94, August 13, 2009 White Plains, New York, USA Pneumonia

Ronnie James Dio (Dio & Black Sabbath), Age 44, March 8, 2011 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Prescription Drug Overdose

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Pink Floyd Facts

During the recording of “The Dark Side Of The Moon“, the guys from Pink Floyd wrote on little papers questions like “Are you afraid of death?” and gave them to everyboy that was working at Abbey Road studio at the time. This included all the roadies, sound technicians, the Irish doorman, and even Paul McCartney who was recording on the same studio. The answers to the questions were recorded, and the best ones were put on the disc. However, Paul’s answers weren’t put on the disc because “he tried to be funny”.

Ummagumma (a Pink Floyd cd) is (british) slang for sex.

Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” LP was originally released in blue plastic shrink wrap; you could not see the cover unless you bought it.

If the song “Empty Spaces” from “The Wall” is played backwards, you can hear the phrase “You have now discovered the secret message of Rock ‘N Roll…please write”.

Pink Floyd’s original name was Sigma 6. The band included Roger Waters on bass,Nick Mason on drums, Richard Wright on keyboard, Bob Close on guitar, and Syd Barret also on guitar. With Syd’s influence, the band changed their name to The Pink Floyd Sound, named after Pink Anderson and Floyd Council

Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is dedicated to the band’s former leader Syd Barret

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