Morbid List of the Day: Great Music Made by People Who Were Dying

Seeing the Grim Reaper coming down the hall must do interesting things for the mind.  For the 21 people on this list provided by The AV Club, they decided to become productive, creating music until the dying of the light.

Start with Warren Zevon (d. September 6, 2007 of lung cancer, aged 66).  Listen to the lyrics carefully. Once you recover and wipe away the tears, go forward from there.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Morbid List of the Day: Great Music Made by People Who Were Dying

  • December 5, 2012 at 6:09 am

    BINGO!!! I have heard 'Keep Me in Your Heart' while grabbing something from Starbucks and had to go outside because the song is just that powerful. I can't hear it without tears rolling down my face, and for so many reasons. I highly recommend getting ahold of the documentary of Warren Zevon making his last album.

    "Enjoy every sandwich"…a quote from Warren Zevon when asked by David Letterman if he had any advice for anyone watching? This was during his last visit to Letterman's show.

  • December 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I was totally shocked reading that list that there was zero mention of Freddy Mercury. Listening to the lyrics of the last couple of albums brings tears to my eyes every time.


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