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50 Greatest Dead Rockstars 1-25 May 6, 2008

Posted by texasheartland in bands, music, rock.
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Here it is! The 50 list you’ve been waiting for! The following 50 rock stars are NOT in order, so don’t get mad if someone is lower or higher than they should be… Though I thought it would be nice to have the FIRST 6 stars stay there… They deserve it…

P.S. They’re pictures are below the bio.

Dimebag Darrell (Real name: Darrell Abbott)

DOB: August 20, 1966

DOD: December 8, 2004 (at age 38)

Best known as a founding member of the heavy metal bands Pantera and Damageplan

Abbott shot to death while performing with Damageplan on December 8, 2004 by ex-Marine Nathan Gale.

Kurt Cobain

DOB: February 20, 1967

DOD: April 5, 1994 (at age 27)

Best known as founder of Nirvana.

Cobain committed suicide by self-inflicted shotgun wound.

Freddie Mercury (Real name: Farrokh Bulsara)

DOB: September 5, 1946

DOD: November 24, 1991 (at age 45)

Best known as the lead singer of Queen.

Mercury died of bronchopneumonia induced by AIDS.

Jimi Hendrix (Real name: Johnny Hendrix)

DOB: November 27, 1942

DOD: September 18, 1970 (at age 27)

Considered one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in rock music history.

Hendrix’s cause of death noted on the coroner’s report was inhalation of vomit after barbiturate intoxication.

Janis Joplin

DOB: January 19, 1943

DOD: October 4, 1970 (at age 27)

Rolling Stone magazine ranked Joplin 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Joplin died of a drug overdose.

Jim Morrison (Real name: James Morrison)

DOB: December 8, 1943

DOD: July 3, 1971 (at age 27)

Best known as the lead singer and lyricist of The Doors, and is widely considered to be one of the most charismatic and influential frontmen in rock music.

Morrison’s death was ruled a drug overdose.

Cliff Burton

DOB: February 10, 1962

DOD: September 27, 1986

Bass guitarist best known for his work with Metallica from 1982 until 1986.

Burton died due to a bus crash.

David Wayne Williams

DOB: February 29, 1972

DOD: August 14, 2002 (at age 30)

Best know as the singer for the band Drowning Pool.

Williams died from cardiomyopathy.

John Lennon

DOB: October 9, 1940

DOD: December 8, 1980 (at age 40)

Best known as one of the founders of The Beatles.

Lennon was shot four times in the back at the doorstep of the Dakota by Mark David Chapman.

Peter James

DOB: June 19, 1980

DOD: September 24, 2006 (at age 26)

Best known as a founder and drummer of rock band, Bipolar.

James died of cardiac arrest.

Ronnie Van Zant

DOB: January 15, 1948

DOD: October 29, 1977 (at age 29)

Best known for lead vocalist, primary lyricist, and a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Van Zant died of a plane crash.

John Bonham

DOB: May 31, 1948

DOD: September 25, 1980 (at age 32)

Best known for being the drummer of Led Zeppelin

Bonham died from asphyxiation from vomit.

Erik Braunn

DOB: August 11, 1950

DOD: July 25, 2003 (at age 52)

Best know as guitarist with the band Iron Butterfly.

Braunn died of a heart attack.

Eric Carr (Real name: Paul Caravello)

DOB: July 12, 1950

DOD: November 24, 1991 (at age 41)

Best known as drummer for KISS.

Carr died from heart cancer.

Joey Ramone (Real name: Jeffry Hyman)

DOB: May 19, 1951

DOD: April 15, 2001 (at age 49)

Vocalist and songwriter best known for The Ramones.

Ramone died of lymphoma.

Steve Clark

DOB: April 23, 1960

DOD: January 8, 1991 (at age 30)

Best known for co-lead guitarists for Def Leppard.

Clark died of a drug overdose.

John Entwistle

DOB: October 9, 1944

DOD: June 27, 2002 (at age 57)

Best known as the bass guitarist for band The Who.

Entwistle died of a heart attack induced by cocaine.

Jerry Garcia (Real name: Jerome Garcia)

DOB: August 1, 1942

DOD: August 9, 1995 (at age 53)

Best know as lead guitarist and vocalist of the Grateful Dead.

Garcia died due to a heart attack.

Brian Jones (Real name: Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones)

DOB: February 28, 1942

DOD: July 3, 1969 (at age 27)

Best known as founding member, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist for The Rolling Stones.

Jones died due to “Death by misadventure”.

Jonathan Melvoin

DOB: December 6, 1961

DOD: July 12, 1996 (at age 34)

Best known as the touring keyboardist for The Smashing Pumpkins.

Melovin died from a drug overdose.

Keith Moon

DOB: August 23, 1946

DOD: September 7, 1978 (at age 32)

Best known as the drummer for The Who.

Moon died of a drug overdose.

Gar Samuelson (Real name: Gary Samuelson)

DOB: February 18, 1958

DOD: July 22, 1999 (at age 42)

Best known as the drummer for the band Megadeth.

Samuelson died of liver failure.

Bon Scott (Real name: Ronald Scott)

DOB: July 9, 1946

DOD: February 19, 1980 (at age 33)

Best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of band AC/DC.

Scott died of acute alcohol poisoning and “death by misadventure.”.

Layne Staley

DOB: August 22, 1967

DOD: April 5, 2002 (at age 34)

Best know as lead singer and co-lyricist of Alice in Chains.

Staley died of a drug overdose.

Stevie Ray Vaughn

DOB: October 3, 1954

DOD: August 27, 1990 (at age 35)

Best known as blues-rock guitarist.

Vaughn died in a helicopter crash.



1. mu - May 11, 2008

I did actually search for John Lennon, silly me.. of course he’s on the list.. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hey, thanks to Barney lyrics.. ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s still being shown to the next next generation of kids.. they never ran out of audience it seems. ๐Ÿ™‚

2. TheImproper.com - May 14, 2008

Where are the guys from Pink Floyd? Surely they deserve to make this list.

3. benny - August 8, 2008

Where’s home boy from sublime??

4. iggy - August 20, 2008

freddie mercury ๐Ÿ˜ฅ john lennon ๐Ÿ˜ฅ so sad.

5. metalupyourass - October 2, 2008

The guy from Sublime is sucking cocks in hell.

6. Darren - October 8, 2008

Where is Randy Rhoads? One of the greatest guitarist of all time!
1956 – 1982

7. Stephen Struss - November 12, 2008

Peter James (under Lennon) was one of my close friends and a great guy. He was one of the best drummers I’ve ever seen (being a drummer myself) and the rest of Bipolar was quite the group of guys too. The nicest, most fun to be around and of course, INCREDIBLY talented. Shame they broke up….


8. Diane - November 12, 2008

That was really cool for you to honor PETER JAMES, drummer from BIPOLAR. Awsome band, no more…. Too bad.. But we do miss you Patrick…Hope all is well from Troy, NY

9. JUNIOR OMNI - January 9, 2009
10. jojo - March 20, 2010

We miss you Kurt Cobain!!!!

11. Jim - July 26, 2010

RIP Layne Staley

12. Natalia - October 16, 2010

wow..Ronny Van Zant was born the day after me!!! And also, my friend Craig Reed worked for them – amazing band!!!

Also –
Freddie Mercury
John Lennon
Ronnie Van Zant

13. Marty - April 3, 2011

While I’m big on Metal. From Black Sabbath up to some of today’s new bands. I do not understand how Elvis was not included in the 25. If you watch interviews of a lot of those you have listed Elvis was their hero and reason for wanting to play rock.He gave us the foot hold to get where we are today. He was the first. John Lennon even dressed like Elvis played his songs in his younger days before he was a star.These are just my own thoughts and I don’t expect anyone to agree.

14. Stuart - May 27, 2011

in response to Marty’s comment above. I love the Beatles……never really got into Elvis. But after meeting Elvis, John Lennon wrote his a letter saying “without Elvis there would have been no Beatles”

15. Spence - January 20, 2012

Without Randy Rhoads on there your Credit is “0”! seriously!!

16. Spence - January 20, 2012

Bon Scott is #1 out of the 50 for sure… so we may have to raise the Credit bar to 5 out of 10 lol.

17. Maximus - February 3, 2012

What about the dude from Blind Melon?

18. Theodor - June 15, 2012

“The dude from Blind Melon” = Shanoon Hoon.
Also deserves a place: Ronnie James Dio, Randy Rhoads, Randy Castillo and more.

19. Styles Loophole - July 7, 2012

Eddie Hazel will make you ask Jimi who?

20. Styles Loophole - July 7, 2012

I know Hazel was under the radar. But where is Brian Jones. Too ancient for you’se guys?

21. BOB MARLEY - October 9, 2012

how come Bob Marley isn’t on the chart? you SUCK

22. Gage - October 16, 2012

What about avenged sevenfolds drummer the rev James Owen Sullivan what about slipknots drummer Paul gray

23. zach - October 16, 2012

what about peter steele

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29. Godfather - June 1, 2013

um… Where’s Buddy Holly? you can’t seriously have this list without him that inspired all rock musicians.. and yes even the King, Elvis.. however I am glad that you remembered Brian Jones ๐Ÿ™‚ who was murdered by Mick (the story about him drowning in the pool is bogus as $ell) Keep on Jammin’

30. Star - August 8, 2014

Rest in peace my Rockstar brothers I love you all.. rock n roll forever

31. Dan - May 21, 2015

WTF? WTF? WTF? I can’t believe I just read a list called the greatest 50. For once I see Randy Rhoads appear. Finally. But Cmon man there no mention of Ronnie James Dio? Really? That guy had an incredible range and a massive thundering roar. The front man of greats like Rainbow, Sabbath, Dio. By the way John Bonham died from drowning in his pool. Eric Carr died of stomach cancer not heart cancer. How can you make this list without Pink Floyd’s Rick Wright. I’m not an Elvis fan but you could at least put him on it. Most of these rockers were influenced by him. I can’t believe it! No Dio. Since you failed to acknowledge one of our biggest losses to rock I’ll give you a suggestion. Listen to the original version of we catch a rainbow by rainbow. We rock by Dio. Or Stargazer by rainbow. The emotion and power in his singing. You get a 4 out of 10 on your list. Please give him the credit he deserves. He died in 09 of stomach cancer. Jesus you idiot, the guy created the metal symbol that we would make in concerts. The split fingers. Dio started that.

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