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Monday, March 19, 2012

The Days the Music Died

Last week, one of our regular patrons called with a question about a female singer who had died young. He described in great detail exactly where she gained her fame, and how, and how she died. He then fell to wondering about other young female singers who met their demises before their time. For him, and for you, I compiled this list of twenty ladies under 40 who knew how to belt out a tune:
  1. Evelyn Preer 7/16/1896 – 11/27/1932
    Double pneumonia at age 36   
    Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Preer was also a noted actress of the day and helped to define African-American women in film. She performed with the likes of Duke Ellington (http://www.silentera.com/).
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  3. Patsy Cline 9/8/1932 – 3/5/1963
    Plane crash at age 30
    Cline was a pioneering female country singer, being one of the first ladies to break into the genre (Cline, Patsy).
    Patsy Cline
  4. Cass Elliot 9/19/1941 – 7/29/1974
    Heart attack at age 32
    Elliot, who was born Ellen Naomi Cohen, was a member of the 60s pop folk group, The Mamas and the Papas (Cass Elliot).
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  6. Janis Joplin 1/19/1943 – 10/4/1970
    Heroin/morphine overdose at age 27
    Blues rock musician of the late 1960s. Famous for singing, among other songs, "Me and Bobby Mcgee" (Janis Lyn Joplin).
    Janis Joplin
  7. Florence Ballard 6/30/1943 – 2/22/1976
    Heart attack at age 32
    An original member of The Supremes, Ballard grew up with Diana Ross and Mary Wilson (Florence Ballard).
  8. Tammi Terrell 4/29/1945 – 3/16/1970
    Brain tumor at age 24
    The talented Terrell performed with Marvin Gaye and other Motown favorites (Tammi Terrell).
  9. Sandy Denny 1/6/1947 – 4/21/1978
    Brain hemorrhage at age 31
    Denny was a British folk rock singer of the 1960s and 1970s (Sandy Denny).
  10. Minnie Riperton 11/8/1947 – 7/12/1979
    Breast cancer at age 31
    Riperton had an amazing voice with a 5 octave range (Minnie Riperton).
  11. Mary Ann Ganser 2/4/1948 – 3/14/1970
    Encephalitis at age 22
    Ganser was a member of the girl group The Shangri-Las along with her twin sister Marge (The Shangri-Las).
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  13. Karen Carpenter 3/2/1950 – 2/4/1983
    Anorexia nervosa at age 32
    Carpenter sang with her brother Richard in the duo The Carpenters (Karen Anne Carpenter).
    Karen Carpenter
    
  14. Karen Young 3/23/1951 – 1/26/1991
    Bleeding ulcer at age 39
    Young was a one hit wonder with Hot Shot (Karen Young American singer).
  15. Eva Cassidy 2/2/1963 – 11/2/1996
    Melanoma at age 33
    Cassidy, who had a strong voice and was adept at harmonizing, became better known after her death (Eva Cassidy).
  16. Wendy Holcombe 4/19/1963 – 2/14/1987
    Cardiomyopathy at age 23
    Holcombe was a talented singer who also played the banjo (http://www.findagrave.com/).
  17. Mia Zapata 8/25/1965 – 7/7/1993
    Strangled at age 28
    Zapata was the lead singer for the grunge punk band The Gits when she was murdered. Her killer was found ten years later with DNA tests (Westmoreland).
  18. MC Trouble 7/30/1970 – 6/4/1991
    Epileptic seizure at age 20
    Born LaTasha Sheron Rogers, MC Trouble was the first female rapper signed to Motown (http://www.findagrave.com/).
  19. Selena 4/16/1971 – 3/31/1995
    Shot at age 23
    Selena was born Selena Quintinilla and later married guitarist Chris Perez. She was a major voice of Tejano music in the 1990s. She was shot by the president of her fan club, who was suspected of mismanagement and embezzlement (Selena).
  20. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes 5/27/1971 – 4/25/2002
    Automobile crash at age 30
    Lopes was part of the all-female rap group TLC. Her vehicle was estimated to be travelling at 85 mph when she crashed in the Honduras (Lisa Lopes).
  21. Amie Comeaux 12/4/1976 – 12/21/1997
    Automobile accident at age 21
    Comeaux was a country singer who was just getting her big break when she died in a car accident (http://www.amiecomeaux.com/).
      
  22. Aaliyah 1/16/1979 – 8/25/2001
    Plane crash at age 23
    Born Aaliyah Dani Haughton, Aaliyah was just coming into her own as a rising pop singer when her plane crashed leaving the Bahamas (Aaliyah).
     
    Aaliyah
  23. Amy Winehouse 9/14/1983 – 7/23/2011
    Alcohol poisoning at age 27
    Winehouse was a soul and R&B singer with a history of alcohol abuse and an outstanding musical talent (http://www.bbc.co.uk/).
Did I miss your favorite lady of song? Let me know in the comments.
Rest in peace, ladies. Rest in peace.

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aaliyah_Dana_Haughton_02.jpg
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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Karen-carpenter_white_house.jpg
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Patsy_Cline_II.jpg
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http://www.silentera.com/people/actresses/Preer-Evelyn.html

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