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DVD Smith
1286425.  Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:47 pm Reply with quote

Q: What is the most common age of death for musicians?

[Klaxon: 27]

A: 56, according to a 2014 study by Professor Dianna Kenny of the University of Sydney. [1] [2]

The 27 Club refers to a select group of musicians who all died unexpectedly at the age of 27. The most famous members of the Club are considered to be Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Brian Jones from the Rolling Stones, who all died aged 27 within just two years of each other, between July 1969 and July 1971. The idea of a “27 Club” gathered traction after the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, [3] and then was revisited again after the death of Amy Winehouse in 2011. [4] [5] This led to a belief that 27 was a disproportionately common age for famous musicians to die at, and that the age of 27 was somehow "cursed" for musicians. [6] [7]

(The 27 club was previously covered on the QI boards here, but I thought it would make a good GI thread since we have an actual answer to the question above now.)

Professor Kenny studied the age of death of 11,054 musicians from 1950 to 2010, and found that only 1.3% died at 27, well within the bell curve. The most common age of death was found to be 56, the last birthday of just over 2% of musicians. [8] (You can see the full range of ages on this chart.)

In another study, Kenny also found that the age of death also varied considerably by genre, with hip hop and rap the genres with the youngest age of death. However, this result is perhaps slightly skewed by the fact that rap and hip hop are among the newest musical genres, and so those musicians haven’t lived long enough to die old yet. [9]

[This question would probably best suited to a QI episode featuring someone with a good musical knowledge, such as Phill Jupitus or Danny Baker, in order to get the highest chance of triggering the Klaxon.]

1286445.  Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:35 am Reply with quote

Perhaps in the S series. For 'Snuffed it'?

T for Terminated

U for Undertaker?

1286446.  Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:52 am Reply with quote

R for Rock'n'Roll?

1286722.  Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:38 pm Reply with quote

Or 27 - when you reach the end of the alphabet, you could have series "1", "2" etc?

1286736.  Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:26 am Reply with quote

An entire series devoted to the number 27? I think you'd run out of interesting facts very quickly.

One programme per number might be feasible for the smaller numbers, though. (And of course we've already got one fact per number all the way up to 4689!)


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