Imagine

John Lennon.
b. December 9, 1940

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Marc Bolan

b. September 30, 1947. Bolan was the front-man for T. Rex. On September 16 1977, the then 29-year-old was killed instantly when the car driven by his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, left the road and hit a tree in Barnes, London.

The thing about success, certainly in the rock’n’roll business, is that it gives you an incredible amount, but what it takes away is irreplaceable and sometimes I get a funny feeling that I shan’t be here very long. And I’m not talking in terms of things like success. It frightens me sometimes.”

Marc Bolan

Roy Buchanan ~ The man who tumbled The Stones down

Roy Buchanan (September 23, 1939 – August 14, 1988)

For whatever the reason, people rarely mention Roy Buchanan when asked for their list of great guitar players. But you have to have somethin’ goin’ on to be asked to join the greatest rock n’ roll band in the world — and say no.

Take a gander at Roy Buchanan live in Austin, Texas circa 1976. The whole thing is a wonder but particularly so around the 5:40 mark.

The Hillbilly Shakespeare

Born on September 17, 1923, Hiram King “Hank” Williams Sr. scored his first hit in 1947 with “Move It On Over.” Although his career in the spotlight only lasted 4 years, in that 4 years he forever changed the face of popular music. His songs would be recorded by everyone from Perry Como to Isaac Hayes to the Melvins to Social Distortion.

Very few artists have transcended the genres like Hank and certainly no one has ever put words to paper quite like him. His nickname, “Hillbilly Shakespeare,” only speaks to his greatness.