We’ve lost too many great musicians over the past couple of decades. Regardless of your taste in music, chances are you remember when the news cycle covered one of their deaths.
Besides the loss of life, there’s also the loss of everything they could have created. What kind of music would they have made if they were still alive? What wonderful songs did we never get the chance to listen to?
Unfortunately, no one can answer those questions, and anyone who tries to do it hypothetically is bound to fail. But what we can do is try to imagine what they’d look like today if they were still alive.
That’s exactly what the Sachs Media Group set out to do with the project you’re about to see. They hired a photo restoration and manipulation company named Phojoe to create a gallery that answers the question: What would some of the greatest Rock and Roll icons look like today had they not been taken from us in their prime?
Elvis Presley. The King of Rock passed away on August 16, 1977, aged 42. The singer, songwriter, and actor is one of the most iconic symbols of pop culture. If he was alive today, he’d be 82.
Jimi Hendrix. The great instrumentalist passed away on September 18, 1970, aged 27. Hendrix was the best guitarist of his generation. His influence can be seen, heard and felt in pop music today. He’d be 77 years old today.
Kurt Cobain. Nirvana’s frontman passed away on April 5, 1994, aged 27. The troubled young performer and his band rose to fame in the 90s during the heyday of grunge music. He’d be 50 years old today.
Janis Joplin. She passed away on October 4, 1970, aged 27. Janis’ powerful blues-inspired voice is one of the most recognizable of the 1960s. She’d be 74 years old today.
Jim Morrison. The lead singer of The Doors passed away on July 3, 1971, aged 27. After his antics-filled career with The Doors, he moved to Paris to write poetry, where he died of heart failure. He’d be 74 years old today.
John Lennon. He passed away on December 8, 1980, at the age of 40. Known as one of the most influential Beatles, Lennon’s murder shook the world to its core and ended an era in music. He would be 77 years old today.
Bob Marley. The Jamaican singer/songwriter passed away on May 11, 1981, aged 36. His songs blending reggae, ska and rocksteady are still loved and listened to today. He would be 72 years old today.
Karen Carpenter. The drummer and singer of the duo The Carpenters passed away on February 4, 1983, aged 32. Her passing due to anorexia nervosa brought widespread awareness to eating disorders. She would be 67 years old today.
Keith Moon. The English drummer and member of The Who passed away on September 7, 1978, aged 32. He would be 71 years old today.
Dennis Wilson. The co-founder and member of the Beach Boys passed away on December 28, 1983, aged 39. He was the band’s only surfer who exemplified the dream California life. He would be 73 years old today.
Bobby Darin. The singer, songwriter, and actor passed away on December 20, 1973, aged 37. He’s credited with iconic songs like Splish Splash, Mack the Knife, Dream Lover and Beyond The Sea. He would be 81 years old today.
Cass Elliot (Mama Cass). The singer, actress, and member of The Mamas and The Papas passed away on July 29, 1974, aged 32. She would be 76 years old today.