Jimi Hendrix was an extraordinary guitar player, singer, and song writer. He innovated his own style with the electric guitar, which nobody at the time had seen or heard before. His live performances were amazing, considered up there with the likes of the other artist I have chose to write about. He is widely recognized as one of the most prominent musicians of the 20th century. His guitar skills are in the running debate as the best of all time and rightfully so. The highpoint of his stardom only lasted four years. He passed away at the age of 27 and is included in the “27” club along with the likes of Janis Joplin, previously mentioned. It was in the 1960’s he flourished, a time where drugs and alcohol reigned supreme. His drug abuse led to his untimely demise on September 18, 1970.
His play style was a mixture of American rock and roll and electric blues, a very unique sound at the time. He captured and mastered a style of music that many artist before him failed to do. In a relatively short time he took his captivating style and incomparable skills to unbelievable heights. At one point and time he was the worlds highest-paid performer, headlining for “The Woodstock Festival” in 1969. Accomplishing so much in so little time ,leads me to ask the question of “What could have been?”. The talent he had was so vast and there was so much more he could have accomplished. Although he was inducted into “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, I believe he would have went above and beyond ,the already formidable feats accomplished.
Here’s a look at him performing live –Jimi Hendrix