On the prior post (OMG! It's ELO), a reader left a comment pointing out how Jeff Lynne was only 27 y.o. when he wrote ELO's classic hit, "Showdown." Impressive as that is, it got me thinking about other artists who wrote (or co-wrote) mega-classics all before the age of 30. Here are a few that come to mind:
Steve Winwood (21) - "Can't Find My Way Home"
Robby Krieger (20) - "Light My Fire"
George Harrison (26) - "Something"
Bob Dylan (21) - "Don't Think Twice It's Alright"
Eric Clapton (25) - "Layla" (w/ Jim Gordon)
Paul McCartney (22) - "Yesterday"
Billy Joel (28) - "Just the Way You Are"
Jimmy Page (26)/Robert Plant (22) - "Stairway to Heaven"
Donald Fagen (24)/Walter Becker (22) - "Reelin' in the Years"
Neil Young (24) - "Cowgirl in the Sand"
Robbie Robertson (26) - "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
I hope you are all now as depressed as I am after putting your lives in perspective.
Here is a great clip of Steely Dan performing their hit "Reelin' in the Years" from The Midnight Special (1973).
Editor's note: Part of the reason I chose this clip in particular is because of the individual introducing the band. This is why I love the 70's!