3 Tragic Rockstar Deaths In 1972

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1972 was a bittersweet year for everybody for various reasons. While it’s safe to say that this year had produced a lot of incredible artists and their careers blooming, it is also inevitable to express sorrow to the artists that had died in this year as well. And without these three people, we might never have encountered the prosperity of music that had flourished ‘til today.

3. Rory Storm from Rory Storm and the Hurricanes

Perhaps you never heard of Rory Storm’s name, but without his efforts, we wouldn’t even have The Beatles in the first place. Assumed as the Beatles’ “godfather”, Storm’s actions led to the group’s formation in the late 50s to early 60s. Ringo Starr was the drummer of his band before he left and join the fab four. George Harrison auditioned first to his band, before Rory’s mother refused him due to his young age, thus prompting Harrison to join Lennon’s group, the Quarrymen.

In the latter part of his life, he developed insomnia and was using sleeping pills. But on the night of the 28th of September 1972, Rory and his mother died. In the postmortem, it was concluded that both had sleeping pills and alcohol in their system, yet not enough to kill each of them. The court ruling was deemed accidental.

2. Brian Cole from The Association

Another tragedy that befell the 60s group The Association was when the death of the founding member Brian Cole had occurred. The group had several chart-topping hits and went on to produce a lot of successful albums that contributed to their epic sales in the 60s.

Brian Cole was a talented bass player from the band and was even labeled as having a knack of skills in playing the bass accordingly. But, at the young age of 29, Cole had died from a heroin overdose when he was on tour in Los Angeles. The poor man had left his 3 children in the care of his wife.


1. Leslie Harvey from Stone the Crows

Leslie Harvey founded his own band Stone the Crows after a series of unfortunate bands that had never flourished during his time.

But his tragic death came forward in 1972 when, during a supposed-to-be performance, he touched a poorly grounded microphone in front of his thousands of fans. The severe injuries he had acquired led him to his death at the young age of 27.