Of all professions, perhaps none are more intertwined with the influence of the supernatural than that of the Artist.
As such, perhaps those of an artistic mind are more open to paranormal experience – or more willing to accept an experience as such.
Please enjoy our list of 5 musicians who are believed to have had paranormal encounters!
5. MEAT LOAF
Yes, the guy who sang “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”.
Evidently, Meat Loaf is an avid believer in the paranormal, going so far as to frequently use an EMF meter to track apparitions.
He also experienced an encounter with a ghostly lady, clad in white, during the recording period for his Bat Out of Hell album.
As he lay in his bed, he saw a thin, pale woman pass by his window. Thinking that it was one of his producers’ groupies, he thought nothing of it until a short time after.
He later was confronted with poltergeist-like activity, slamming doors and smashing glass until he finally downed an entire bottle of sleeping pills – not exactly the wisest action – and only then slept until morning.
4. KENDRICK LAMAR
Kendrick Lamar reportedly met the ghost of Tupac, who told him “Not to let (his) music die”.
He purports to have seen Shakur come to him in a dream, appearing in silhouette and giving his fan a moving word of encouragement.
Pardon the pun, but the experience must have been… “humbling”. 😉
3. BOB DYLAN
During the recording of his seminal album Time Out of Mind (Because all of his albums are “seminal” somehow), Bob Dylan had repeated experiences involving Buddy Holly.
Always subtle, as most experiences of the sort are, Holly’s music became a dominating prescence on the radios of Dylan’s recording studio.
The catch – Dylan and crew had no hand in tuning in.
He even alluded to this in a Grammy acceptance speech:
“I just wanted to say, one time when I was about sixteen or seventeen years old, I went to see Buddy Holly play at the Duluth National Guard Armory (late January, 1959)…I was three feet away from him…and he looked at me. And I just have some sort of feeling that he was – I don’t know how or why – but I know he was with us all the time we were making this record, in some kind of way.”
2. DAVID BOWIE
We’ll be honest, it’s not surprising that David Bowie has made it on to this list.
During the mid-70’s, Bowie’s ‘Thin White Duke’ phase was in full swing, at which time he began experimenting with magic and… other substances.
However, all this experimenting came with a price, as Bowie gradually grew paranoid that seemingly everything was out to kill him;
Nazis, heights, a group of witches called the Brides of Satan, and even the Manson family (though this was 1970’s California, so perhaps this was not so farfetched as his other fears).
This all came to a head, at which point he hired a White Witch by the name of Walli Elmark to come and exorcise the demons from his home.
According to Bowie’s wife at the time, Angie, the swimming pool bubbled and boiled and churned and ‘thrashed’ in unexplainable ways until the exorcism came to a conclusion.
1. ROBERT JOHNSON
Probably the most notable example of a musician meeting the supernatural, the tale of Robert Johnson barely needs an introduction.
Leaving home as a teenager (and mediocre blues musician), Johnson would within the course of his short life become one of the most influential musicians of all time.
So how could someone who, upon leaving home an unimpressive instrumentalist, suddenly become renowned as a blues crooner for nearly a century after his untimely death at the age of 27?
Practice certainly could have had nothing to do with it.
Clearly, Johnson made a deal with the Devil himself.
This may seem like hyperbole, but it must be remembered that a great amount of the man’s personal life is an enigma… the only lasting testiments that Johnson existed at all are a handful of eyewitness accounts… and his songs.
Most of his 29-song repetoire consisted of reworkings of older blues traditionals – unsurprising for a delta blues musician – but included three songs he penned himself.
Hellhound On My Trail, At the Crossroads Blues, and Me and the Devil Blues.
These songs detail a Faustian pact made at a crossroads between the speaker and a ghostly dealmaker (for women and fame in exchange for his soul, naturally), and the demon’s subsequent pursuit of the speaker to the ends of the earth in order collect his debt.
The speculation that this story is more than pure fiction – in fact, possibly autobiographical – has not been lost in the generations since.
After all, we know nothing of Johnson except what he left as a legacy.