Upcoming Episode: "Everybody Plays The Fool"...
This event, "Have A Drink On Me..." centers around Alcohol which can be a necessary evil for most people, especially Musicians. Some of the best songs were created while under the influence of alcohol. There's something about taking that first sip that takes your breath away. I know that this episode really hit home for my Admin, Laura Reynolds. She comes from a family of alcoholics and wanted to make sure this episode did not encourage or endorse reckless drinking. However, in the right setting drinking alcohol can create some killer memories. So tune in!
Alcoholic Musicians (They Died from It, Quit, or Continue Drinking)
Alcoholic musicians are not unusual. In fact, alcoholism occurs in every occupation. Also, musicians often work in settings conducive to drinking too much. Indeed, people often push drinks on them. Some alcoholic musicians have died from its effects on their bodies. Others have quit drinking. And many alcoholic musicians continue to drink. In reality, many who do drink have cut back their consumption.
Bon Scott (July 9, 1946 – Feb. 19, 1980)
Bon Scott was an Australian singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. Most remember him as the lead singer for the band AC/DC. Died of alcohol poisoning and choking on his vomit. (Birth name Ronald Belford Scott.)
Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959)
Billie Holliday was a jazz singer. She was alcoholic most of her life. Billie Holiday died of heart disease caused by cirrhosis of the liver from alcoholism. (Birth name Eleanora Fagan.)
John Bonham (May 31, 1948 – Sept. 25, 1980)
John Bonham was an English musician and songwriter. Drummer for the rock band Led Zeppelin. Died after drinking over one liter of vodka and choking on his vomit.