Far too many of music’s great artists have left us long before their time. Thankfully we have their music, and precious footage of them doing what they love -and what we loved them for. Continue on to see the spellbinding final performances from 15 music legends, just before we lost them.
Otis Redding: December 9th, 1967 in Cleveland, Ohio
The soul pioneer performed a stirring rendition of his immortal “Respect” for an episode of the regional music program, Upbeat. He died the following day in a plane crash that also claimed four members of his backing band, The Bar-Kays.
Jimi Hendrix: September 6th, 1970 in Isle Of Fehmarn, West Germany
Hendrix’s last show at the German The Love And Peace Festival has gone down into legend. Only a few videos of the show have survived, and here they’ve helpfully been edited together into one. He died less than two weeks later on September 18th.
John Lennon: April 18, 1975 at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel
Although his last live concert was November 28th, 1974 as a special guest for two songs at Elton John’s Madison Square Garden show, the last time Lennon played in front of an audience was for this television special honoring entertainment magnate, Lew Grade. He retired from music soon after following the birth of his son, Sean in October. He had just released his comeback album Double Fantasy when he was assassinated on December 8th, 1980.