At first glance the fascination with autographs from famous people seems silly. After all, what is it other than a bit of ink left behind on a piece of paper, a magazine, a t-shirt or… well, maybe even a body part.
But it’s so much more than just the raw materials. It’s a physical reminder of a treasured memory — meeting someone you admire, your paths crossing tangentially as you go your separate ways after a brief exchange of pleasantries. When the memory begins to fade, a quick glimpse at that scribble will remind you of the nervous anticipation you felt while standing by, hoping you could get that permanent reminder of a probably all-too-brief encounter.
With that in mind, here are the autographs of eleven lost music legends, many gone far too soon. How many of these singer’s signatures do you have — or wish you had — in your collection? – AJW
1) Buddy Holly’s autograph
Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959)
2) Best always from Nat King Cole
Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965)
3) Love Janis Joplin
Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970)
4) Autograph from Jimi Hendrix
James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970)
5) Jim Morrison’s autograph
James Douglas “Jim” Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971)