Wallace Yohn Death At 27, Dying With Members Of Band “Chase”

Wallace Yohn was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, on January 12, 1947. He died on August 12, 1974 at 27 years and 212 days of age. The cause of death was a small plane crash that took 6 lives, 4 of them band members. Yohn was a keyboard player for the jazz rock band, “Chase”
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Formed in 1970, Chase was named after its founder Bill Chase. He was a trumpet player and composer who envisioned a rock band with a contingent of 4 trumpets providing a decidedly different sound than the usual guitar-based rock of the time. Over the course of 3 albums and several personnel changes, Chase attained some notoriety for their eclectic approach to a jazz-based rock that was appealing to fans of both kinds of music. They were midway into recording the 4th album when tragedy put an end to the band.

Strangely enough, small plane crashes have not caused any other deaths of members of the forever 27 club (one other member died in a commercial airplane accident). But they are part of the legacy and history of rock and roll, beginning with the day the music died. The crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper in 1959 was the beginning of a string of deaths that ended so many talented lives over the years. From Otis Redding to Stevie Ray Vaughan, it seems that falling out of the sky has been a last chapter in many musicians’ life stories.

Maybe it makes sense in a way that Yohn holds the distinction of being the only 27 year old musician who was the victim of a plane crash. Most of the members of the club died through combinations of drugs, alcohol, suicide, hard living, and other types of accidents. The drama of their lives was played out on the mass media under public scrutiny in many cases. Not much is known about Wallace Yohn, except for the way the career of his band was cut short by his and other band members’ deaths. The fact that he was 27 years old at the time is just another of those odd coincidences that pepper the life stories of 27 club members.

 


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