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The 27 Club

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Betty Rubble

A startling number of influential musicians have died at the age of 27, including Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin. Strangely, they all knew each other, and their deaths happened within a 10 month period. The list goes on…Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones, Robert Johnson, Mia Zapata…all members of The 27 Club…This is such a dark, grim and troubling topic, that on this week's Record Bin Roulette blog we choose to ignore it and look instead at the mysteries of the number 27. Who knew that a humble number could have such a bizarre and potent symbolism? Not us.


Try Googling “27 numerology” and you’ll be amazed to find chat rooms and blogs, where people reveal that their lives are ruled by the number 27, they see it everywhere, it follows them around, popping up in birthdays, lottery tickets, Bible verses and bus routes. Here’s a sample:

All those who see 27 everywhere, do not fear. I used to think it was a curse, but now I have been awakened. Just wait for the right moment. We are the next evolution of the human race. If you are receiving this message do not ignore it. It is truly a gift.

Trust us, there’s a LOT more where that came from.

John Lennon was deeply into numerology, and considered the number 27--- “the triple nine”--- to be of great importance. And then there’s Weird Al Yankovic, who for years has woven the number 27 into his album art, songs and videos.

All he’ll say publicly about it is, “27 is a funny number”.

Next, we’ll try Googling “28”.

Pop Quiz

  1. What is the aliquot sum of the two odd discrete semi primes 69 and 133?
  2. How many Amendments to the US Constitution?
  3. How old is Betty Rubble from The Flintstones?
  4. What number comes after 26?

Extra Credit
What is Betty Rubble’s maiden name?

See answers below




  1. (27)  
  2. (27)
  3. (27) is this spooky or what?  
  4. (27)

Extra Credit: McBricker

John has worked as a professional bassist for 20 years, including a 15 year stint as Musical Director of the Mountain Stage radio program. John has been at KNKX since 1999 where he hosts “All Blues”, is producer of the BirdNote radio program, and co-hosts “Record Bin Roulette”. John is also the recording engineer for KNKX “In-Studio Performances”. Not surprisingly, John's main musical interests are jazz and blues, and he is still performing around Seattle.
John Maynard started working in radio in the seventies as a DJ at Seattle’s KJR AM which at the time was the dominant AM station in the Seattle market. After a brief stint as a restaurateur and night club owner, Maynard returned to radio with Robin Erickson, creating the hugely popular “Robin and Maynard Show.” In the more than 20 years under that marquee, Maynard flew with the Blue Angels, piloted the Goodyear Blimp, sang with Donny Osmond and hung out in a Universal Studios bar with Kojak (Telly Savalas).