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Jimi Hendrix was a musician and songwriter who is most known for being one of the most epic and influential guitarists in musical history. Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington and started playing the guitar when he was 15 years old. He moved to Clarksville, Tennessee and began his music career after receiving an honorable discharge from the US Army.
His career spanned just four short years and began in earnest when he began playing for the Isley Brother’s and then Little Richard. In 1966, he moved to England after being discovered by bassist Chas Chandler. His release of the Jimi Hendrix Experience catapulted him to fame with three UK top ten hits for “Hey Joe,” “Purple Haze,” and “The Wind Cries Mary.”
Hendrix music was distinctively known for popularizing the use of the wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock. He was also the first artist to use sterophonic phasing effects in his music recordings.
Hendrix won fame in the U.S. after performing at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. He was voted Pop Musician of the Year by readers of Melody Maker that same year. In 1968, Hendrix was named Artist of the Year by Billboard and Rolling Stone. His last album was Electric Ladyland, and the album reached number one in the U.S.
Hendrix became the world’s highest paid performer and headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970.
Hendrix died tragically at the age of 27 from barbituate related asphyxia.
Hendrix received many awards posthumously including being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In 1991, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was dedicated to him. In addition, Rolling Stone ranks Hendrix as the greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest musical artist of all time.
The following video is of Hendrix being interviewed in England on September 11th, 1970. The interview took place just seven days before his death