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How 12 Great Musicians Who Died Young Would Look If They Were Still Alive

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015  —  By Jason Lopez

HOW 12 GREAT MUSICIANS WHO DIED YOUNG WOULD LOOK IF THEY WERE STILL ALIVE

BOBBY DARIN

BOBBY DARIN

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Bobby Darin was one of the forerunners of rock'n'roll. He was a great pop singer, famous for songs like "Splish Splash" - Splish splash, I was takin' a bath, long about a saturday night!

OLD BOBBY DARIN

OLD BOBBY DARIN

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He died in 1973 at the age of 37. He would be turning 80 next year. He was starting to dabble in politics and hung out with one of the Kennedys, so he could have ended up a politician or maybe just a social activist had he lived.

BOB MARLEY

BOB MARLEY

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Bob Marley was one of reggae music's most influential artist. He has inspired millions with his music, and while alive was an extremely influential person in Jamaican politics through sheer popularity.

OLD BOB MARLEY

OLD BOB MARLEY

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He died in 1981 at age 36, losing a battle to cancer. He would have just turned 70 this February. His potential for defining a new era of world music was sorely missed.

DENNIS WILSON

DENNIS WILSON

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Dennis was the drummer for the ever popular Beach Boys, pioneering surf music that was also family friendly.

OLD DENNIS WILSON

OLD DENNIS WILSON

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He died in 1983 at age 39. He would have been 70 years old just last year.

ELVIS PRESLEY

ELVIS PRESLEY

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Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll. He was wildly influential for his time, and his death was a great tragedy. He was just a truck driver when discovered. He made lots of great music, was well known for being extremely generous, and was even drafted into the military. He is still popular to this day, earning over $50 million in sales as recent as 2011.

OLD KING

OLD KING

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Elvis died in 1977 at the age of 42 to a heart attack. Born in '35, he would have been 80 this year. Based on his generosity, he would have been a great positive influence on the world had he lived.

CASS ELLIOT

CASS ELLIOT

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Also known as Mama Cass, she sang with the group 'The Mamas and the Papas" and even released a few solo albums of her own.

OLD CASS ELLIOT

OLD CASS ELLIOT

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She died in 1974 at the age of 33. She would be 75 next year.

JANIS JOPLIN

JANIS JOPLIN

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Janis was a great rock-blues singer of the 60's. She led the way in her genre, and was able to play at the 1969 Woodstock.

OLD JANIS JOPLIN

OLD JANIS JOPLIN

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Janis died in 1970 at the age of 27 to a drug overdose. She would have been 72 this year.

JIM MORRISON

JIM MORRISON

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The lead singer for the famous band The Doors, Morrison helped to lead The Doors to a decade of innovative and genre-defining music.

OLD JIM MORRISON

OLD JIM MORRISON

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Morrison died in Paris in 1971 at the age of 27. He would have turned 70 in 2014. His variation of musical aspirations leaves the world wondering what could have been had he lived longer and made more music.

JIMI HENDRIX

JIMI HENDRIX

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Jimi Hendrix is known as one of THE greatest rock guitarists, ever. He inspired and mesmerized many with his skills, including a great closing act for Woodstock of 1969.

OLD JIMI HENDRIX

OLD JIMI HENDRIX

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Hendrix succumbed to drugs in 1971 at the age of 27. He would have also turned 70 in 2014. His skills as a guitarist had the potential to lead the world to new heights in guitar creativity, so his loss was a great one.

JOHN LENNON

JOHN LENNON

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One of the founders of the Beatles, Lennon was wildly popular. The Beatles were such a culture defining group that nothing said here will really encompass the number of successes they had.

OLD JOHN LENNON

OLD JOHN LENNON

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In 1980 at the age of 40, Lennon was shot to death on his way home from the studio. He would have been 75 this year. The world lost great value in his potential to return to the music scene and become a major social activist.

KARIN CARPENTER

KARIN CARPENTER

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A singer and drummer for the hit band The Carpenters, Karin helped define one of the most popular groups of the 70's.

OLD KARIN CARPENTER

OLD KARIN CARPENTER

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Karin died in '83 at the age of 32 after a long battle with anorexia. She would have been 65 this year. At the time of her death, the world was hoping to hear more of the Carpenters as they might have been starting a comeback. Unfortunately, that possibility will be missed.

KEITH MOON

KEITH MOON

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Keith was the wildly eccentric drummer for The Who. He had an aggressive playing style, lived a wild life, but was well known as one of the best drummers of his time. Plus, where would CSI be without "Who Are You" as their theme song?

OLD KEITH MOON

OLD KEITH MOON

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Moon died in 1978 at age 32 after combating alcoholism. He would have been 70 next year. The Who would have been able to keep on making music had he stayed alive, so the world truly misses him.

KURT COBAIN

KURT COBAIN

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One of the greatest rock artists of the 90s, Cobain was the lead singer of the super popular band Nirvana. They pushed boundaries and helped define new genres in rock.

OLD KURT COBAIN

OLD KURT COBAIN

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Cobain died in 94 at the age of 27. Born in 1967, Cobain would have been only 48 years old this year. Many would have expected him to have continued to pursue great musical and artistic goals, and those will be sorely missed