The 27 Club

26 Jul

I know it is old news by now, but this is the first free moment that I’ve had to sit down and write since finding out that Amy Winehouse died. It was not a huge shocker when I heard the news. I mean c’mon…when you write a song with the lyrics “they tried to make me go to rehab and I said ‘No, no, no'”, you’ve sort of sealed your fate, don’t ya think? Despite the circumstances of her death, it is still so tragic to hear about a young talented artist’s life (27 years old) ending so suddenly. A friend of mine posted to her facebook page “What an amazing talent she was. But all that extraordinary talent and amazing soul couldn’t overcome the power of the pain and power of the addiction.”

And it seems that 27 years old has been a tragic age for a number of other musicians. Most notably, Brian Jones (a founder of the Rolling Stones.), Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain all died when they were 27. For a list of many others whose fate was sealed at age 27, you can check out the 27 Club on Wikepdia. Kind of crazy.

I thought I’d share Winehouse’s cover of Carole King’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”. This song was actually first recorded by the Shirelles in 1960 (written by Carole King & Gerry Goffin) and since then has been recorded by a number of other artists. But I grew up listening to Carole King’s version and will always think of it as her song. Winehouse recorded a cover for the 2004 film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. I always liked Winehouse’s unique combo of jazz, soul and R&B. It is really too bad that we won’t get to hear more from her in the future.

One Response to “The 27 Club”

  1. rob kagan July 28, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    sorry – I never really got emotionally invested in amy winehouse as a performer as I knew she was a train wreck waiting to happen. It is sad and cynical but …….I don’t know – I am just excited to go see some people that are happy to be alive and performing this weekend at the newport folk festival.

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