“I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”
― Jimi Hendrix
“Music is a safe kind of high.”
― Jimi Hendrix
Oh, I loved… I loved Jimi Hendrix.
~Bob Dylan (Verona press conference, May 1984)
Neil Young inducts Jimi Hendrix Experience Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions 1992:
All Along The Watchtower (live):
|Birth name||Johnny Allen Hendrix|
|Born||November 27, 1942
Seattle, Washington, US
|Died||September 18, 1970 (aged 27)
Kensington, London, England
|Genres||Psychedelic rock, hard rock, blues rock, acid rock, experimental rock,progressive rock|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, musician,producer, recording studio entrepreneur|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, bass, keyboards,percussion|
|Labels||RSVP, Track, Barclay, Polydor,Reprise, Capitol, MCA|
|Associated acts||Little Richard, The Isley Brothers,The Blue Flame, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, Band of Gypsys, Curtis Knight|
James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician and singer-songwriter. He is widely considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in music history and one of the most influential musicians of his era despite his mainstream exposure being limited to four years. He achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival after initial success in Europe with his group The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Later, he headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. He favored raw overdriven amplifiers with high gain and treble and was instrumental in developing the previously undesirable technique of guitar amplifier feedback.
Hendrix helped to popularize use of the wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock, which he often used to deliver tonal exaggerations in his solos, particularly with high bends, complex guitar playing, and use of legato. Hendrix was a pioneer in experimentation with stereophonic phasing effects in rock music recordings. He was influenced by electric blues artists such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King and Elmore James, surf rock guitarist Dick Dale, rhythm and blues and soul guitarists Curtis Mayfield and Steve Cropper, and the jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery. Hendrix began dressing and wearing a moustache like Little Richard when he performed and recorded in his band from March 1, 1964, through to the spring of 1965. In 1966, he stated, “I want to do with my guitar what Little Richard does with his voice“.
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
― Jimi Hendrix
Hendrix won several prestigious rock music awards during his lifetime, and many more posthumously.
- The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. The award’s biography noted that Jimi Hendrix “expanded the range and vocabulary of the electric guitar into areas no musician had ever ventured before. His boundless drive, technical ability and creative application of such effects as wah-wah and distortion forever transformed the sound of rock and roll.”
- Hendrix was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
- An English Heritage blue plaque was erected to identify his former residence on Brook Street, London, in September 1997.
- A star for Hendrix on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was dedicated on November 14, 1991 at 6627 Hollywood Boulevard.
- In 2005, his debut US album, Are You Experienced, was one of 50 recordings added that year to the United States National Recording Registry to “be preserved for all time” in the Library of Congress as “part of the nation’s audio legacy.”
- Rolling Stone named Hendrix the top guitarist on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all-time in 2003.
- All three of the band’s studio albums, Are You Experienced (1967), Axis: Bold as Love (1967) and Electric Ladyland (1968), were featured in the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – each within the top 100 – at positions 15, 82 and 54 respectively
- Guitar World’s readers voted six of Hendrix’s solos among the top 100 Greatest Guitar Solos 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).