Your Favorite 'DEAD' Singer (besides Jerry Garcia) :-)

Maybe I should more sensitively title this "favorite NO LONGER WITH US" singer, but anyway:

who's, er, make that who WUZ your favorite dead singer--not the best, but your favorite:

(some from different eras, different styles, etc. ....... Morrison, Hendrix, Joplin, Cash, Ray Charles, Freddie, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Kurt Cobain, Lennon, Sinatra, Patsy, Elvis, Nat King Cole, Garland, Jerry "Dead" Garcia, Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke.......)

While on the subject: anyone wanna start a betting pool on when Amy 'hic-cup!' Whiiinehouse? joins "the club?"
Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown.

Whinehouse can join up at anytime but will be quickly forgotten. Sorry.

albino, excellent. how'd i forget marley, j.b. on that list?....(that's why i included that "escaped my memory" list to begin with). good ones. btw, could this also include Biggie, Tupac et al?....
I personally always liked Layne Staley, frontman for Seattle grunge-lite band Alice in Chains. Their MTV Unplugged session was excellent.

Honorable mention for various reasons -

Michael Hutchence of INXS, because he died of autoerotic asphyxiation. :oops:

Aaliyah, because she refused to have excess luggage removed from her chartered plane and it crashed because of it.

"Left Eye" Lopes - because she burned down Andre Rison's mansion and got away with it.

Freddy Mercury, because he was almost as flamboyant as Liberace.

Easy E, because he was a founding member of NWA.

Rick James, because he truly was a Super Freak.

Shannon Hoon, singer from Blind Melon, because I met him and had a beer with him once.
Guy from the Gin Blossoms

He wasn't the singer though, was he? I think he played guitar, but he's the one who wrote all of the songs. Got kicked out of the band for drinking too much, promptly drank himself to death.

Don't think the Gin Blossoms ever had a hit song after that, either. Seems like maybe they should have gotten him some help or gotten him to write a few more songs before they kicked him out.


Paul McCartney. Back in the 60s, he was rumored to be dead. Right now, his career definitely is---he hasn't put out a decent album or song in years---must be old age.... (But since his recent divorce that cost him $48 million, he now has a new young hottie that might inspire him again. Maybe her and some Viagra....)


Layne Staley, for sure.

Such a unique and talented vocalist. Didn't hurt to have Jerry backing him up, of course.


Hall of Fame
Nat King Cole and Jo Stafford. Somewhere in the 90's, when the current music started going bad for me, I went into the past for my new music. These two are the standouts for me.


Agree. But I honestly didn't know Buckley was dead until your post. That seems wrong somehow.
Damn Morpheus! He's been dead for like 10 years!
But Jeff, like no one else, can send shivers down my spine with his sweet, angelical, yet thunderously powerful vocals


Hall of Fame
LOL, you must be close to my age.

Nat King Cole. One of a kind.

actually... i am probably half your age... but my dad had some influence over my music when i was young! i just loved buddy holly growing up, and my dad has always loved nat king cole, frank sinatra, dean martin, etc. you just gotta love the oldies!


Hall of Fame
Mick Jagger. He was one of the great ones.

Musically, he's been "dead" for around 35 years. And he certainly LOOKS like a cadvear...hey, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck...


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Vladimir Vysotsky and Luis Mariano come to mind. Highly distinct from each other - Mariano's work being melodious and vocally smooth, while Vysotsky cut with a knife like Mayakovsky.

Here's Mariano:

Vladimir Vysotsky - he is a miracle. When you listen to him, you don't hear the voice or the melody, you hear the penetrating heart.

Для меня он один из самых незабываемых певцов.


Mick Jagger. He was one of the great ones.

Musically, he's been "dead" for around 35 years. And he certainly LOOKS like a cadvear...hey, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck...

Astute observation, my man, absolutely astute. :)