Jimi Hendrix (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Jimi Hendrix was a guitarist, singer, and songwriter who made an indelible impact on the music industry in only a few years. He is best known for his experimental electric guitar sound, blending feedback, fuzz, and controlled distortion. His most famous songs include “Foxey Lady,” “Purple Haze,” and “Voodoo Child.”

Hendrix is considered one of the greatest guitar players of all time. He’s in rarified company with Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and the Rolling Stones’ Stones’ Keith Richards.

Hendrix’s meteoric rise in the late ’60s included a handful of successful studio albums, the last of which was 1968’s Electric Ladyland. It was his best-selling record and the only one to top the U.S. charts.

In June and August 1970, he headlined Isle of Wight Festival and Woodstock. Only a month later, Hendrix was dead from accidental drug-induced asphyxia. He was 27.

Since then, his music has inspired many other artists, including Lenny Kravitz, John Mayer, and Prince.

  • Full name: James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix)
  • Born: November 27, 1942, Seattle, Washington
  • Died: September 18, 1970, London, United Kingdom
  • Height: 5’11”
  • Children: James Daniel Sundquist, Tamika Hendrix
  • Genre: Rock
  • Top tracks/albums:Foxey Lady,” “Hey Joe,” “Purple Haze,” “Voodoo Child,” Electric Ladyland
  • Interesting fact: Hendrix joined the U.S. Army to avoid jail time for riding in stolen cars. He completed paratrooper training with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell before being honorably discharged for his disinterest in the military.

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