This month it's 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash aged just 22. Our arts editor takes a look back at other stars we lost before their time, from Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain to Whitney Houston.
It's scarcely more than a year since Mario Vrancic was widely derided as too slow and insufficiently physical to cut it in the Championship and Christoph Zimmermann was written off as a German fourth division defender - yet on Friday night both were absolutely central to City's stunning statement of intent.
Saturday's game kicks off what could be a massive two weeks in the latest chapter in our fine club history - but little did we know, back in June, when the fixture list came out, how big the next three games were going be.
Daniel Farke joked he did not have the spare time to star in the club's superb 'The Office' inspired season ticket renewals video. We saw the fruits of his labours again in the composed 3-1 home win over Birmingham City.