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In March and April 2011 we asked you to nominate a fallen rock hero, and these are the twenty rock legends that received the most nominations.

JIMI HENDRIX
November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970


James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix reinvented rock guitar for the modern age, providing the types of fretwork fireworks that had never been seen before - and have never been seen since. That the world's best guitarists have never been able to replicate Jimi's work is testament to how amazing he was. He only released a handful of records in his lifetime, but his legacy is enormous. Ask any rock musician about their influences and Jimi will be in there.


FREDDIE MERCURY
5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991


The greatest frontman of all time. No argument, no debate. His undeniable brilliance will bring grudging respect from even Queen's biggest critics, and their fans simply adore him. You will never meet a person who saw a bad gig from Freddie and you will never see a better 21 minutes of sheer frontman brilliance than during the band's Live Aid set in 1985.
RONNIE JAMES DIO
July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010


Ronnie remains one of the most loved characters in rock, and when he passed away a couple of years ago there was such an extraordinary outpouring of grief that the rock world seemingly stopped still for a few days. He is undoubtedly the voice of metal, and his "devil horns" will forever remain the international symbol of rock.


PHIL LYNOTT
20 August 1949 – 4 January 1986


Thin Lizzy's enigmatic frontman overcame such an staggering amount of adversity during his short life, but his catalogue of music speaks for itself. As well as writing some of the most iconic rock songs of all time, he also recorded what is widely regarded as the greatest live album of all time. An extraordinary man who went before his time.
GARY MOORE
4 April 1952 – 6 February 2011


The blues lost a leading light when Gary tragically passed away in Spain in 2011. Gary's sublime skill was the ability to bridge the gap between hard rock and pure blues without anyone batting an eyelid. Amongst his devotees he could name artists from the world of heavy metal (Metallica's Kirk Hammett) and the world of blues (Joe Bonamassa). Indicative of his brilliance is the fact that Moore will forever be mentioned in the same breath as fellow blues/rock luminaries such as Beck, Page, Clapton and Green.


BON SCOTT
9 July 1946 – 19 February 1980


AC/DC's hard rocking and hard living frontman practised what he preached for the entirety of his short lived career, but he left behind some of the best rock songs of all time and a band that has changed the world. Scott was a unique frontman who inspired a generation of singers, and despite AC/DC's subsequent world conquering success you still can't help but wonder "what might have been".
RORY GALLAGHER
2 March 1948  – 14 June 1995


Prolific, underrated and hugely loved, Rory Gallagher sold more than 30m records in his career despite being unflinchingly resolute in his dedication to his music. He never seemed to bow to commercial pressure or trends in music. And it's that steadfast dedication to his own craft that has made him one of the most adored rock musicians of all time. As well as being a fantastic songwriter and consummate live performer he was a brilliant blues guitarist who is occasionally, and unjustifiably, overlooked in great guitarist polls.


JOHN BONHAM
31 May 1948 – 25 September 1980


Bonham did for the drums what Hendrix did for the guitar. Thunderous, powerful, explosive, precise - four words that partially describe, but can never quite encapsulate what made Bonzo's drumming so spectacular. His drum playing was like poetry, and it was why his solos were never too long or too indulgent. He inspired a generation of young men to pick up some sticks and start rhythmically beating the hell out of things. Certainly Dave Grohl (knowingly) owes a thing or two to the legend that is John Bonham.
JIM MORRISON
December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971


More performance artist than rock star, Morrison's legend was born while he was still alive and made even more powerful in his death. His striking image has graced the walls of teenagers for more than 40 years, and his music has endured for just as long as each new generation of fans discovers and then tries to emulate some of the rebellious artistic spirit that Morrison embued upon The Doors during their short time together.
 

KEITH MOON
23 August 1946 – 7 September 1978


Unpredictable, wild and brilliant. The unique talent of Keith Moon has not been equalled since he sadly passed away a little more than 30 years ago. His style was by no means conventional and some of his critics might point to his technical failings, but Moon's remarkable performances in the Who almost single handedly created the mystique of the "drummer" as a respected and loved musician in his own right, rather than "the guy at the back with the sticks"
KURT COBAIN
February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994


The reluctant rock idol took his own life at the young age of 27, but in his short career he did nothing short of changing the world. Nirvana swept away the overblown, overbloated and oversexed glam metal of the late 80s and replaced it with a primal scream born of frustration at a post-Reagan America and a disaffected youth. No song has been more important in the past 30 years as 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and it's testament to Cobain's enduring legacy that Nirvana are as lauded today as they were 20 years ago.


STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990


With his astonishingly accomplished guitar playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan ignited the blues revival of the '80s. Vaughan drew equally from bluesmen like Albert King, Otis Rush, and Muddy Waters and rock & roll players like Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack, as well as the stray jazz guitarist like Kenny Burrell, developing a uniquely eclectic and fiery style that sounded like no other guitarist, regardless of genre. Vaughan bridged the gap between blues and rock like no other artist had since the late '60s.
PAUL KOSSOFF
14 September 1950 – 19 March 1976


Kossoff remains to this day amongst the most underrated musicians to have graced this earth. His work may be understated, but dig out those Free records right now and listen to his extraordinary playing if you don't believe us. It's the subtle nuances of those solos and the fluidity of the playing that makes it so beautiful. There's a sense that he was taken before he had had a chance to really show us what he could do and that makes it even more sad.

MARC BOLAN
30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977


Bolan was destined for fame from a young age, taking up modelling and then acting before moving into music. His theatricality was his trademark, and with an unbelievable run of hit singles T-Rex remain one of the UK's greatest exports. He transcended genres and was as loved by rock fans as he was by the popular masses, while his songs remain iconic and utterly addictive.
ALEX HARVEY
5 February 1935 – 4 February 1982


It's one of life's great tragedies that the majority of the world will never see quite how exhilarating Alex Harvey was as a live performer. The dearth of archive footage available means that we will never be able to enjoy some of those extraordinary live shows again. But what we have left is a fantastically inventive and unique back catalogue of music that continues to inspire generation after generation of musicians
JOHN LENNON
9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980


There's not a great deal that needs to be said about John Lennon. One half of the most famous and most important songwriting duo of all time, Lennon's tragedy is not just that he was shot down but that he was shot down when we all knew that he still had so much to give. He had changed the world once before, and there was always a sneaking suspicion that he could do it again at any time.
JANIS JOPLIN
January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970


Another young casualty of the early rock revolution, Joplin was never able to fulfil her staggering potential. Her voice was utterly unique and absolutely compelling, and those handful of records which she left behind are heartbreaking not just because they are so beautiful but because they hint at what might have been.
RANDY RHOADS
December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982


The shock at the death of Randy Rhoads still resonates to this day. When you see news footage of the accident today all of that sadness, and all of that shock comes flooding back. In just a couple of years Rhoads had not only made his mark on the world of music in electrifying fashion but he had also helped reinvent Ozzy Osbourne's career. Much more than a hired shredder, Rhoads' playing was god-sent and a joy to behold, and that we only got to enjoy it for a few short years is one of rock's greatest tragedies.
RICHARD WRIGHT
28 July 1943 – 15 September 2008


While Gilmour and Waters hog the limelight, Rick Wright is arguably the true soul of Pink Floyd. Take ANY of the great Floyd records and listen to it carefully. Pay attention to those unbelievable layers, those beautiful soundscapes that sit behind the guitars and vocals... that's the the real essence of what makes those albums so great. And that was almost all Rick Wright. Take him out of Floyd and there's no Dark Side, no Wish You Were Here; hell, there's no Pink Floyd.


COZY POWELL
29 December 1947 – 5 April 1998


Aka the drummer's drummer. He appeared on at least 66 albums during his lifetime, including those by Jeff Beck, Emerson, Lake & Powell, Rainbow, Gary Moore and Black Sabbath and it's no surprise that his powerhouse hitting style was so in demand. Listen to any of those classic early Rainbow albums and you will hear a drummer whose style was continually evolving, but also one that was so markedly different to anyone that had gone before.

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