By dint of her age at the time of her death, Amy Winehouse joins an unusual group. The 27 Club refers to the large number of recent famous musicians who have died at the age of twenty-seven. The core group, all dying in a precise two year period from July 3, 1969, are Brian Jones, Jimmi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison.
After his suicide in 1994, Kurt Cobain was added, then the club was expanded retrospectively to include dozens of other musicians, many of lesser fame but often with a substantial influence on rock music. Cobain had apparently mentioned the possibility of joining the club and there is some speculation it may have contributed to his death. Unsurprisingly given her obvious troubles, Amy Winehouse was repeatedly predicted to become a member, most recently by Danny Bonaduce, only days before her death.
The more exclusive 9 Curzon Place Club, has just two members: Keith Moon, drummer for The Who; and Mama Cass of The Mamas & The Papas. Both died at the age of thirty-two in the same London flat, 9/12 Curzon Place, Mayfair, four years apart.