Find out how the death of legendary musicians was announced
Before social media and the internet, music fans learned of the deaths of their favorite artists in a variety of ways, from watching TV, listening to the radio, or in some cases hearing the news while attending a concert. .
On December 8, 1980, Stevie Wonder shared the sad news regarding the tragic death of John Lennon with his fans during his performance at the Oakland Coliseum. “I want you all to understand that I am not a person who likes to bring bad news,” he said. “Someone was shot recently. He was shot tonight. Three times.”
His voice broken, he continued, “I’m talking about Mr. John Lennon.”
News of Kurt Cobain’s 1994 death, which was later ruled a suicide, quickly spread across radio and television. MTV’s Kurt Loder opened his regular weekly show in the first week of April with a somber tone: “This is an edition of ‘The Week in Rock’ that we hoped never had to do, a memorial to Kurt Cobain. ”He informed his listeners that a Seattle County medical examiner had identified the body found Friday morning as being the leader of Nirvana.
Maryland listeners were among the first to hear news of the tragic plane crash that would claim the lives of several Lynyrd Skynyrd members in October 1977. DJ Randy Roberts has cut off regular WMJS-FM programming to announce that the Federal Aviation Administration reported the crash of a plane “carrying 25 passengers in southwestern Mississippi.”
Among those on board, he explained, was the “rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd”. In his initial report, Roberts also gave some details about the FAA bulletin which noted that there were “several dead and a few survivors.”
The video below pulls together a number of death announcements over the years, including Eddie Van Halen, Freddie Mercury, Tom Petty, Jimi Hendrix and others.
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