The Day The Rock Star Died takes viewers on a guided journey of the extraordinary lives and unparalleled legacies of artists who each changed music forever and left an indelible mark on fans across the world. The series examines what made these artists so incredible and what makes their art so enduring, offering rare insights into their personal lives and re-tracing their tragic final hours. Featured icons include soulful songstress Janis Joplin; genre-defying showman David Bowie; guitar superstars Buddy Holly and Jimi Hendrix; powerful percussionist Keith Moon; standouts Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston; rock n’ roll king Elvis Presley; Country music titans Johnny Cash and Hank Williams; folk hero John Denver; pop trailblazers Michael Jackson, George Michael, and Michael Hutchence; and celebrated singer-songwriter Tom Petty.
With an enormous body of hit singles, commercial success in many genres, including pop, country, blues, and gospel music, Elvis Presley is the best-selling music artist in the history of recorded music. Prescription drug abuse severely compromised his health and he died suddenly in 1977 at his Graceland estate, just 42 years of age.
With hits like "That'll be the Day," "Everyday," and "Peggy Sue,” Buddy Holly was a central figure of late 1950s rock and roll. In early 1959, he assembled a new band and embarked on a tour of the midwestern U.S. that ended in tragedy.