Saturday July 23, 2010
English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse died today at age 27 at her home in London. She was a known for her powerful contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz. Winehouse was credited as an influence in the rise in popularity of female musicians and soul music, and also for revitalizing British music. Her distinctive style made her a muse for fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld. Winehouse's problems with drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and her self-destructive behaviors were regular tabloid news from 2007 until her death.
Some of my friends on Facebook asked about age 27 as representing 9 or endings in referencing Amy's death. Amy's birthday was September 14, 1983, which carries the energies of number 9. She was also entering Saturn Return, a major turning point in anyone's life representing change. Amy was obviously mentally ill as determined by her behavior, appearance, and substance abuse history. She clearly had challenges she couldn't overcome, so she literally self medicated with drugs and alcohol until she burned out. It is indeed very sad.
The 27 Club occasionally known as the Forever 27 Club or Club 27 - the name for a group of influential rock and blues musicians who all died at the age of 27. The 27 Club consists of two related phenomena, both in the realm of popular culture. The first is a list of five famous rock musicians who died at age 27 - Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain. With the exception of Cobain, everyone was my age born 1942-1943. I am sure there are others entertainers who are not as well known who died at age 27. Where were you at age 27?
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