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so i've been invited to a friends 27th birthday party. it's a costume dealio where we've gotta dress up as some 'creative or artistic genius who, in fact, died soon after their 27th birthday (by their own hand or natural causes).' i dunno about the genius part, but you get the idea, no?

i'm thinkin janis would be a good one, but how about some other options? preferably female, but who else to add to the list?

jimi hendrix

jim morrison

kurt cobain

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Ritchie Valens was 17 when he died.


The song Donna was his biggest all-time hit and first million seller. It was a two-sided hit and the flip side 'La Bamba' was a traditional Spanish song which Ritchie sang in Spanish after adding a rock'n'roll beat to it. He was a hero to Mexican-American communities, just a young boy but a hero. A flip of a coin sealed his fate.

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Here's a few more for you ( I'm pretty sure quite a few jazz and blues guys never made it past their 27th year too):


I know Hendrix was mentioned, but the guy on the left was not:


Al Wilson from Canned Heat:


Gary Thain from Uriah Heep:


Chris Bell from Big Star

And of course, this band never tragically never made it to 27:


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