Sunday, September 18, 2011

September 18: Jimi Hendrix died on this day in 1970...

... he was 27 years old.

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix, born in Seattle, Washington, is considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in the history of rock music by other musicians and commentators in the industry, and one of the most important and influential musicians of his era across a range of genres.

 After success in Europe, he achieved fame in his native country following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Later, Hendrix headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.

Hendrix often favored raw over-driven amplifiers with high gain and treble. He also  was one of the musicians who popularized the wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock. 

Hendrix won many of the most prestigious rock music awards in his lifetime, and has been posthumously awarded many more, including being inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. An English Heritage blue plaque was erected in his name on his former residence at Brook Street, London, in September 1997. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was dedicated in 1994.

In 2006, his debut US album, Are You Experienced, was inducted into the United States National Recording Registry, and Rolling Stone named Hendrix the top guitarist on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all-time in 2003. He was also the first person inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame.

Hendrix was ranked number 3 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock behind Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Hendrix was ranked number 3 on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Rock N' Roll, behind the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. He has been voted by Rolling Stone, Guitar World, and a number of other magazines and polls as the best electric guitarist of all time.

Guitar World's readers voted six of Hendrix's solos among the top "100 Greatest" of all time: "Purple Haze" (70), "The Star-Spangled Banner" (52), "Machine Gun" (32), "Little Wing" (18), "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" (11) and "All Along the Watchtower (5).

Jimi belongs to a group known as "The 27 Club" which includes Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (of the Grateful Dead), and Kurt Cobain; a group which is comprised of 1960s rock stars who suffered drug-related deaths at age 27 within months of each other, leaving legacies in death that have eclipsed the popularity and influence while alive and performing. A new member "joined" on July 23, 2011; Amu Winehouse.

HIGHLY Recommended:
BBC Sessions (2 CD/ 1 DVD Deluxe Edition)West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology (4 CD/ 1 DVD Collectors Box)Live At Woodstock (2 CD)FREEZE Boys 8-20 Jimi Hendrix T-Shirt,Brown,Large


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

its incredible that all of them died on 27...half of them are murdered..kurt, jimmy, maybe amy, maybe jim morrison