Musician mortality data, 1956-2007
This collection includes a comma-separated file (.csv) containing musician's dates of birth, dates of number one hit, and dates of death; a data file for the R software (RData file) to accompany the .csv file; R syntax to create a Lexis diagram displaying all data by calendar time and age at death; and R syntax to create death rates and musicians at risk figures. Data were obtained from Wikipedia, using the lists of number one albums by decade, starting with 1956 and ending at 2007.
Using this data, researchers investigated whether famous musicians are at an increased risk of death at age 27, thereby testing the "27 club" hypothesis.
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