Phil Lynott (of Thin Lizzy)
Only 36 years old when he died in January 1986, from longtime heroin and alcohol abuse, Irish rock 'n' roll stalwart Phil Lynott has a similarly tragic legacy to guys like Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain: an enormously talented, young musician robbed of bigger successes by deadly narcotics. So why don't more people know about him?
In the eyes of Ireland's music fans (namely U2's Bono, an outspoken admirer of Lynott's), he's a certifiable rock god. Always dressed flamboyantly and able to shred a mean guitar and sing with the best of them, Lynott lived and breathed the flashy, all-eyes-on-me lifestyle of a master showman. And with his group, Thin Lizzy, he released chart-toppers like "Whiskey in the Jar" and "The Boys are Back in Town."
If anything, the Irish film industry should've put together a Lynott biopic by now. In September, his name caught a newspaper resurgence when his widow, Caroline Lynott-Taraskevics, ordered Mitt Romney's presidential campaign to not use "The Boys are Back in Town" anymore following its use during the Republican National Convention. "Absolutely in no way would Philip have supported Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan," said Lynott-Taraskevics. "He would have been so happy about Obama becoming U.S. president." It's time the world got to know even more about Phil Lynott.