Charles Exford writes:
Here’s the list of “curse of HMHB” victims in order of how long they outlived being mentioned on the records.

This list was compiled after many hours of work by Tony Blews on the HMHB Yahoo Group, with a little help from his friends on there, and we’ll try to keep it up here now.

Before suggesting anybody else, please do check when they died in relation to the earliest release of that particular song. It’s not much of a curse if they were already dead. And please don’t ask questions like “Is so-and-so dead?” in this thread. That would get very tedious too. Look them up yerself and make sure they are dead before suggesting. MAKE SURE THEY’RE DEAD. And don’t leave any evid… (sorry that bit was from another message I need to send).

Other rules: members of groups, teams or organisations mentioned do not count. Yes we know about 8 members of Buena Vista Social Club have died since that august company was mentioned, but it still doesn’t count ‘cos there have been dozens of them over the years. And that one out of Motley Crue died before they were mentioned anyway. Unfortunately.

Abandoned footy grounds, demolished gig venues, defunct companies or discontinued brands don’t count on this list either. Though do feel free to start your own list for those. Note that the list contains both a royal, a pontiff and a premier: a nice hat-trick. Lech Walesa will one day add a president to the illustrious pantheon.

Talking of hat-tricks, I note that the list also contains the only Wembley FA Cup final hat-trick scorer, the only man to score 2 European Cup final hat-tricks, a man highly skilled in rabbit-from-a-hat tricks and the man who decided Brazil could keep the World Cup after their hat-trick.

Harris, Keith
first mentioned 07/10/1985 – died 28/04/2015
outliving the curse by 29 years and 203 days

Trautmann, Bert
??/01/1986 – 19/07/2013
c.27 years and 186 days

Savile, Jimmy
07/10/1985 – 29/10/2011
26 years and 22 days

Ganley, Len
07/10/1985 – 28/08/2011
25 years and 325 days

Lane, Carla
??/10/1990 – 31/05/2016
25 years and 288 days

Titmus, Fred
07/10/1985 – 23/03/2011
25 years and 167 days

Lemon, Meadowlark
??/10/1991 – 27/12/2015
c.24 years and 73 days

Bongo, Ali
07/10/1985 – 08/03/2009
23 years and 152 days

Kitt, Eartha
07/10/1985 – 25/12/2008
23 years and 79 days

Fenton, Shane (aka Stardust, Alvin)
??/10/1991 – 11/09/2014
c.23 years and 9 days

Bastable, Tony
07/10/1985 – 25/05/2007
21 years and 230 days

Puskas, Ferenc
??/01/1986 – 17/11/2006
c.20 years and 300 days

Houston, Whitney
??/10/1991 – 11/02/2012
c.20 years and 120 days

Farm, George
??/01/1986 – 18/07/2004
c.19 years and 180 days

Quinn, Harry
??/10/1991 – 1/10/2009
c.18 years

Eco, Umberto
29/06/1998 – 19/02/2016
17 years and 235 days

Hird, Thora
07/10/1985 – 15/03/2003
17 years and 159 days

Hassell, Sven
15/05/1995 – 21/09/2012
17 years and 129 days

Sinden, Donald
29/06/1998 – 11/09/2014
16 years and 74 days

Mount, Peggy
07/10/1985 – 13/11/2001
16 years and 37 days

Wolstenholme, Kenneth
03/03/1986* – 25/03/2002
16 years and 22 days

Thatcher, Margaret
29/06/1998 – 08/04/2013
14 years and 283 days

Moore, Brian
08/09/1986* – 01/09/2001
14 years and 358 days

Shankar, Ravi
29/06/1998 – 11/12/2012
14 years and 165 days

Roddick, Anita
25/10/1993 – 10/09/2007
13 years and 320 days

Vandross, Luther
??/10/1991 – 01/07/2005
c.13 years and 260 days

Marks, Howard
23/09/2002 – 10/04/2016
13 years and 199 days

Gubba, Tony
25/04/2000 – 11/03/2013
12 years and 320 days

Hull, Rod
08/09/1986* – 17/03/1999
12 years and 190 days

Vine, David
02/02/1997 – 11/01/2009
11 years and 344 days

Spencer, Di
??/01/1986 – 31/08/1997
c.11 years and 230 days

Beefheart, Captain
25/04/2000 – 17/12/2010
10 years and 236 days

Most, Mickey
25/10/1993 – 30/05/2003
9 years and 217 days

Ball, Ernie
15/05/1995 – 09/09/2004
9 years and 117 days

“Harry The Dog”
25/10/1993 – 09/08/2002
8 years and 290 days

Rayner, Claire
04/08/2003 – 11/10/2010
7 years and 68 days

Todd, Bob
07/10/1985 – 21/10/1992
7 years and 14 days

Haley, Alex
03/03/1986* – 10/02/1992
5 years and 344 days

Mortensen, Stanley
??/01/1986 – 22/05/1991
c.5 years and 130 days

Grosvenor, Gerald, 6th Duke of Westminster
25/09/2011 – 09/08/2016
4 years and 319 days

Jackson, Gordon
07/10/1985 – 15/01/1990
4 years and 100 days

Yashin, Lev
??/01/1986 – 20/03/1990
c.4 years and 60 days

Pope JP2
25/06/2001 – 02/04/2005
3 years and 281 days

Queen Mother, The
29/06/1998 – 30/03/2002
3 years and 274 days

Monopoly, Tony
??/10/1991 – 21/03/1995
c.3 years and 160 days

Gerulaitis, Vitas
??/10/1991 – 17/09/1994
c.2 years and 340 days

Dali, Salvador
08/09/1986* – 23/01/1989
2 years and 138 days

Savalas, Telly
??/10/1991 – 22/01/1994
c.2 years and 100 days

Kwango, Johnny
??/10/1991 – 19/01/1994
c.2 years and 97 days

Lee, Arthur
26/09/2004 – 03/08/2006
1 year and 311 days

Warhol, Andy
07/10/1985 – 22/02/1987
1 year and 138 days

Rushton, Willie
05/08/1995* – 18/08/1996
1 year and 13 days

Moult, Ted
20/11/1985* – 03/09/1986
287 days

Rous, Stanley
??/01/1986 – 18/07/1986
c.180 days

De Paul, Lynsey**
20/10/2014 – 01/10/2014
minus 19 days

* Note: Peel session dates have been given, if these preceded the particular track going on sale.
** Lynsey De Paul is the first and only person to hand back her ticket between the recording of the song and its release. Maybe she’d heard an advance copy of the album.