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(1942 – 1970)

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; 27th November at Seattle’s King County Hospital, 1942 - 18th September 1970) was a U.S. guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

Hendrix was not very popular in the U.S.A. at the outset of his musical career, only later gaining recognition after taking a trip to England in 1966 with The Animals’ Chas Chandler, where he subsequently formed The Jimi Hendrix Experience with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell. While The Experience quickly became popular in England, they remained relatively unrecognised outside the country. It was not until their 1967 performance at the Monterey International Pop Festival in the States that The Experience became, quite literally overnight, one of the most popular bands of the era.

Hendrix was mostly self-taught on the guitar. He was ambidextrous but chose to play the guitar upside-down and re-strung for playing left-handed, which suggests that he was more comfortable left-handed. As a guitarist, he built upon the innovations of blues stylists such as B.B. King, Albert King, Buddy Guy, T-Bone Walker, and Muddy Waters, as well as those of rhythm and blues and soul music guitarists such as Curtis Mayfield. Hendrix’s music was also influenced by jazz; he often cited Rahsaan Roland Kirk as his favourite musician. In addition, Hendrix extended the tradition of rock guitar; although previous guitarists, such as The KinksDave Davies, Jeff Beck, and The Who’s Pete Townshend, had employed techniques such as feedback, distortion and other effects as sonic tools, Hendrix was able to exploit them to a previously undreamed-of extent, and made them an integral part of his own private, unique genre, which he called “Red”.

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  • M0rbidBoy

    Come to Brazil!

    Yesterday 2:05pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Gotcha.

    21 Jan 5:38pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Not sure how that's ironic. There have been tons of great black guitar players throughout the instrument's history.

    21 Jan 9:43am Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    thats the irony that the best guitarist is black?

    20 Jan 5:20pm Reply
  • Moonlight_Dawn

    Fiery, dreamy, and Brilliant! <3

    17 Jan 8:11am Reply
  • BuddieLove

    baby, why'd you burn your brother's house down?

    15 Jan 3:19am Reply
  • alex_robe

    nothing to say. genius.

    14 Jan 4:58pm Reply
  • niQboy

    It's incredible how influential Hendrix still is to this day. You'd think his playing would have lost it's uniqueness due to all the countless imitators, but none of them could come close to the real thing. I love contemporary guitarists like Guthrie Govan, Vai, Tosin Abasi, Petrucci and others, but Hendrix still provides that primal, rough and hard-edged sound that only he could produce. Also, with his later recordings he proved that he was an amazing composer. Tracks like Angel have been so influential to modern electric guitar it's astounding. It's a shame he died because I would have loved to see what kind of music he was going to make. People praise Hendrix for a reason, he was ahead of his time.

    5 Jan 2:49pm Reply
  • MegaDave89

    Little Miss Strange is not on the toplist.

    4 Jan 5:33pm Reply
  • Radioakhar

    Burning Desire Album. is very gooooooooodــــــــــــــــــ Trak Ezy Ryder,mlk Jam (Aka Captain Coconut)(23-01-1970)

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Dualtone_

    vvv god's left hand.

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • METALEROARG

    "What's so special about him?" He did the first interracial pr0n scene my nigga

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • DKDC22

    V You need to clean get your ears cleaned! [2]

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • anaemic_royalty

    V You need to clean get your ears cleaned!

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • chipsydirty

    What's so special about him?

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • anaemic_royalty

    Jimi Hendrix photo. Please vote up if you like! http://www.last.fm/music/Jimi+Hendrix/+images/99781659

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MrShayton

    Ъ

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Radioakhar

    Ezy Ryder,mlk Jam (Aka Captain Coconut)(23-01-1970)

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Cokiee_

    'scuse me while I kiss the sky <3

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • SadSpirits

    Happy birthday! Jim

    27 Nov 2014 Reply
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