So many musicians have passed away too fast over the past couple of decades. They left their fans heartbroken, listening to their music until today. Regardless of your taste in music, chances are you remember when the news cycle covered one of their deaths. You are probably constantly thinking about what they could have yet created if they hadn’t died. Unfortunately, we cannot possibly know that, but what we could do is imagine what they would 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 if they weren’t dead?
1. Elvis Presley
The King of Rock passed away on August 16, 1977, aged 42. The singer, songwriter, and actor is also one of the most iconic symbols of pop culture. If he was alive today, he’d be 82. Looking something like the man on the right.
2. Jimi Hendrix
The great instrumentalist passed away on September 18, 1970, aged 27. Although he died young, he was considered the best guitarist of his generation. His influence can be felt in pop music today. He’d be 77 years old had he lived.
3. Kurt Cobain
Nirvana’s frontman passed away on April 5, 1994, aged 27. The troubled young performer and his band were at the peak of their fame in the 90s during the heyday of grunge music. He’d be 50 years old today.
4. Janis Joplin
She passed away on October 4, 1970, aged 27. Many loved her powerful blues-inspired voice of the 1960s. She’d be 74 years old today.
5. Jim Morrison
The lead singer of The Doors passed away on July 3, 1971, aged 27. It seems like 27 is a unlucky number for musicians. 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.
6. John Lennon
He passed away on December 8, 1980, at the age of 40. Being one of the most influential Beatles, his murder shook the world to its core. He would be 77 years old today.
7. Bob Marley
The Jamaican singer and songwriter passed away on May 11, 1981, aged 36. His songs blended reggae, ska and rocksteady, and are still popular today. He would be 72 years old today.
8. Karen Carpenter
The drummer and singer of the duo The Carpenters passed away on February 4, 1983, aged 32. She passed due to anorexia nervosa and would have been 67 years old today.
9. 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.
10. Dennis Wilson
The co-founder and member of the Beach Boys passed away on December 28, 1983, aged 39. He would be 73 years old today.
11. Bobby Darin
The singer, songwriter, and actor passed away on December 20, 1973, aged 37. His are the iconic songs like Splish Splash, Mack the Knife, Dream Lover and Beyond The Sea. He would be 81 years old today.
12. 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.