Karen Carpenter at the White House in 1972 (Photo: Robert L. Knudsen via Wiki Commons) On February 4th, 1983, one of the most beautiful voices in the history of modern popular music was silenced forever when Karen Carpenter was rushed to a California hospital and pronounced dead. She was only a month shy of … Continue reading Rock & Roll Heaven: Karen Carpenter
This past week I've brought you a series of mini-bios on rock stars who died young: 60's & 70's hippie icons Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison; 80's MTV generation star Michael Hutchence; 90's grunge-rock star Kurt Cobain. Each of these young people died at those youthful stages of their lives thanks to conditions … Continue reading Rock & Roll Heaven, or Gone to Hell?
Sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. It's the oldest cliche in the business. Rock stars are legendary for their booze consumption, drug abuse, and sexual escapades. Some, including the legends already profiled in this "Rock and Roll Heaven" series - Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain - have died from this excessive lifestyle. In April of 1997, … Continue reading Rock & Roll Heaven: Michael Hutchence
If there's a rock-n-roll heaven, you know they got a hell of a band" are the famous lyrics from a song that was itself called "Rock and Roll Heaven" released as a comeback reunion hit by the 60's duo The Righteous Brothers. In 1974, the song rose to #3 on the U.S. charts, talking … Continue reading Rock & Roll Heaven?