Originally Posted by Sea Ray
Interesting no one has mentioned Elvis. I'm of the opinion that if he were still alive he'd be doing shows in Branson, Missouri and that's about it...
Elvis was 42 when he died. While that is still very young to die, when I think about those singers who died "too soon" I first think of those who perished in their 20s, before they really completed their body of work. For example, the previously mentioned Buddy Holly was only what, 22, when he died. Elvis and John Lennon, who was 40 when he was murdered, almost certainly had largely emptied their creativity tanks.
If Elvis was alive today he would be on the verge of his 78th birthday, so even doing shows in Branson would be an accomplishment of sorts.