Only the Good Die Young
By Gunner Glam
It was Billy Joel who said, “But they never told you the price that you pay, for things that you might have done… Only the good die young.”
Forming and remembering new ways of life for the future are concepts which Studio Brow fully embraces.
Although they passed away young, these individuals created movies and songs that people could enjoy and learn to live fulfilling lives.
James Dean, was an American film actor best known for his starring role in Rebel Without a Cause. American teenagers at the time of Dean’s major films identified with Dean and the roles he played, which is the typical teenager caught where no one, not even his peers, can understand him.
According to author and Harvard professor Marjorie Garber, this quality is, “The indefinable extra something that makes a star.”
Buddy Holly, former lead singer of Buddy Holly & The Crickets, established himself as a singer, songwriter and pioneer of Rock & Roll. Holly’s works and innovations have inspired and influenced contemporary and later musicians, notably The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton.
Ritchie Valens, a Rock & Roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicago rock movement, had a recording career lasted only eight months.
During this time, however, he scored several hits, most notably La Bamba, which was originally a Mexican folk song that Valens transformed with a rock rhythm and beat that became a hit in 1958.
Jiles Perry The Big Bopper Richardson Jr., was an American disc jockey, singer and songwriter whose big voice and exuberant personality made him an early Rock & Roll star. He is best known for his recording of Chantilly Lace.
Bobby Darin, was an American singer, musician and actor.
Darin performed in a range of music genres, including pop, rock, jazz, folk and country.
Songs Darin was known for are Splish Splash, Mack the Knife and Beyond the Sea.
In 1960, Darin married actress Sandra Dee, whom he met while making his first film Come September.
The couple made a few more movies together at Universal Studios that were moderately successful, such as If a Man Answers and That Funny Feeling.
Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician.
Marley was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the ska, rocksteady and reggae band Bob Marley & The Wailers from 1963 to 1981.
His best-known hits include I Shot the Sheriff, No Woman, No Cry and Could You Be Loved.
The compilation album Legend is reggae’s best-selling album, going ten times Platinum which is also one Diamond in the U.S. and selling 25 million copies worldwide.
Brandon Lee was an American actor known for his starring role in The Crow and the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. Starring in several action films, such as Rapid Fire and Showdown in Little Tokyo, Lee studied martial arts from his father’s top students and best friends Dan Inosanto and Richard Bustillo.
In an interview during the making of The Crow, Lee quoted a passage from Paul Bowles’ book The Sheltering Sky that he had chosen for his wedding invitations; it is now inscribed on his tombstone:
Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. And yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four, or five times more? Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless…
River Phoenix was an American film actor, musician and teen icon. He was the oldest brother of fellow actors Rain, Joaquin, Liberty and Summer Phoenix.
Phoenix appeared in diverse roles, making his first notable appearance in the 1986 film Stand by Me, a coming-of-age film based on a novella by author Stephen King.
Aaliyah was an American R&B recording artist, actress and model.
She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in Detroit, Michigan. Song artist and producer R. Kelly became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number.
The album sold three million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Films Aaliyah starred in were Romeo Must Die with co-star Jet-Li and Queen of the Damned based on Anne Rice’s novel of the same name.
Heath Ledger was an Australian television and film actor. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger moved to the United States in 1998 to develop his film career. His work spanned numerous films, including 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot and The Dark Knight.
Ledger received numerous accolades for his critically acclaimed portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
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