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1959-1969

 

Rock and Roll as a music genre did not arrive on the scene until the 1950s. Early superstar performers were guys like Lead Belly, Bill Haley, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. When Holly perished in a 1959 airplane crash, he “officially” became the first rocker to be eligible for the Band of Legends. Since that day when “the music died” many have gone, and if we’d ever by any chance of luck can get backstage passes to any of their Rock and Roll Paradise performances in the hereafter, dying – even the thought of it – would become a whole lot easier.

The only legend with a listing before Buddy Holly is Huddy Ledbetter, better know as Lead Belly, because his importance to early rock and roll can not be denied, more so even than Robert Johnson, who was pure blues.

February 3, 1959 The Day the Music Died

Buddy Holly, born Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) – Plane crash http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddy_Holly

Ritchie Valens born Ricardo Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959) – Plane Crash http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ritchie_Valens

• Jiles Perry “J. P.” Richardson, Jr. (October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959), commonly known as The Big Bopper – Plane Crash • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Bopper

Eddie Jones (December 10, 1926 – February 7, 1959), better known as Guitar Slim – Pneumonia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guitar_Slim

Billie Holiday born Eleanora Fagan or Elenore Harris according to her birth certificate (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959)- Liver and Heart Gave up http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billie_Holiday

1960

Edward Raymond ‘Eddie’ Cochran (October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960)- Car Crash http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Cochran

1961

1962

• Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe (23 June 1940 – 10 April 1962) – The Beatles Brain Aneurysm – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart_Sutcliffe

1963

• Virginia Patterson Hensley (September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963), known professionally as Patsy Cline – Plane Crash http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patsy_Cline

• Elmore James (January 27, 1918 – May 24, 1963) – Heart Attack http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmore_James

• Édith Piaf (19 December 1915 – 10 October 1963) – Liver Cancer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89dith_Piaf

• Dinah Washington – born Ruth Lee Jones (August 29, 1924 – December 14, 1963) – Accidental Overdose http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinah_Washington (1993)

1964

• Samuel “Sam” Cooke (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964) – Shot and Killed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Cooke

1965

• Nat King Cole aka Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) – Lung Cancer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat_King_Cole

• Sonny Boy Williamson II born Alex Miller (possibly December 5, 1912 – May 25, 1965), – apparent heart attack http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonny_Boy_Williamson_II

1966

Robert Gaston “Bobby” Fuller (October 22, 1942 – July 18, 1966) – “accident” and “suicide” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Fuller ( I Fought the Law)

• Johnny Kid born Frederick Albert Heath – 30 – (23 December 1935 – 7 October 1966)- Car crash http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Kidd_%28singer%29

• Alma Cogan (19 May 1932 – 26 October 1966) – Ovarian Cancer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Cogan

1967

• Woodrow WilsonWoodyGuthrie (July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967) – Huntington’s Disease http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woody_Guthrie

• Otis Ray Redding, Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) – Plane Crash http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otis_Redding

1968

• Little Walter born Marion Walter Jacobs (May 1, 1930 – February 15, 1968) – Coronary Trombosis  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Walter

• William Edward John (November 15, 1937 – May 26, 1968), better known by his stage name Little Willie John – suspicious heart attack http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Willie_John

Franklin Joseph “Frankie” Lymon (September 30, 1942 – February 27, 1968) – Heroine Overdose http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankie_Lymon

John Leslie “WesMontgomery (March 6, 1923 – June 15, 1968) – Heart attack http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes_Montgomery

1969

Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones (28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969) – The Rolling Stones http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Jones