Theme Times –The Guitar Talkers 14#

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James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music”.

Born in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. In 1961, he enlisted in the US Army, but was discharged the following year. Soon afterward, he moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, and began playing gigs on the Chitlin’ Circuit, earning a place in the Isley Brothers’ backing band and later with Little Richard, with whom he continued to work through mid-1965. He then played with Curtis Knight and the Squires before moving to England in late 1966 after bassist Chas Chandler of the Animals became his manager. Within months, Hendrix had earned three UK top ten hits with the Jimi Hendrix Experience: “Hey Joe”, “Purple Haze”, and “The Wind Cries Mary”. He achieved fame in the US after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and in 1968 his third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland, reached number one in the US. The double LP was Hendrix’s most commercially successful release and his first and only number one album. The world’s highest-paid performer, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 before his accidental death in London from barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27.

Hendrix was inspired by American rock and roll and electric blues. He favored overdriven amplifiers with high volume and gain, and was instrumental in popularizing the previously undesirable sounds caused by guitar amplifier feedback. He was also one of the first guitarists to make extensive use of tone-altering effects units in mainstream rock, such as fuzz distortion, Octavia, wah-wah, and Uni-Vibe. He was the first musician to use stereophonic phasing effects in recordings. Holly George-Warren of Rolling Stone commented: “Hendrix pioneered the use of the instrument as an electronic sound source. Players before him had experimented with feedback and distortion, but Hendrix turned those effects and others into a controlled, fluid vocabulary every bit as personal as the blues with which he began.”

Hendrix was the recipient of several music awards during his lifetime and posthumously. In 1967, readers of Melody Maker voted him the Pop Musician of the Year and in 1968, Billboard named him the Artist of the Year and Rolling Stone declared him the Performer of the Year. Disc and Music Echo honored him with the World Top Musician of 1969 and in 1970, Guitar Player named him the Rock Guitarist of the Year. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Rolling Stone ranked the band’s three studio albums, Are You ExperiencedAxis: Bold as Love, and Electric Ladyland, among the 100 greatest albums of all time, and they ranked Hendrix as the greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest artist of all time.

This mini series The Guitar Talkers is dedicated to fans of brilliant guitarists. If you are also a fan let me know below.

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So, 14th in the series presents us with Jimi Hendrix – fan or not?

Let me know below and meanwhile here are 9 favourites of his.

Jimi Hendrix By A. Vente.

Red House – 1967
All Along The Watchtower – 1968
Voodoo Child – 1968
Third Stone From The Sun – 1967
 If 6 Was 9 – 1967
Purple Haze – 1970
Killing Floor – 1969
Machine Gun – 1970
Star Spangled Banner – 1969

Bonus

So, 14th in the series presents us with Jimi Hendrix – fan or not?

Now the episode which will B.B King will be the very last in this series on Guitarists. Following that, the new mini series of six episodes only will be on Drummers! Who in your mind are six of the best drummers?

17 thoughts on “Theme Times –The Guitar Talkers 14#

  1. Jim was a very talented and innovative guitarist. I like Wind Cried Mary and Hey Joe.

    Drummers… neil peart from Rush and Bonzo from Zeppelin. I loved that he’d throw away the sticks and just use his hands. “

  2. Love me some Hendrix. He’s the only one of my favorite guitarists that made the list lol. Anyway, his version of “Born Under A Bad Sign” is SOOOO good!!

    Best drummers:
    John Bonham from Led Zeppelin
    Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Dave Grohl from Nirvana
    Neil Peart from Rush
    Danny Carey from Tool
    Vinny Paul from Pantera

      1. Good morning, Rory! ☀️ I did miss Clapton the first time around, do he would be on the list as well, but here are my other favorites:
        Prince
        John Mayer
        Stevie Ray Vaughan
        Kenny Wayne Shepperd
        Gary Clark Jr.
        Tony Iommi
        Kirk Hammett
        Buddy Guy
        The Edge
        Tom Morello

              1. It’s still going well. I’ve had to take a few more rest days. Challenging myself by increasing reps and I’m so stiff and sore. I’m so old!!! Lol.

              2. Old hahaha! I know that feeling and whilst l am not seriously old, l feel seriously bloody old!! Hell five years ago l felt younger than l do now, back then l was 52 and swinging with life well without all this exercise. All this exercise is doing to me is making me feel old!!

                Erm?? Hello .. is that right??

                🙂

              3. Yeah. I’m not really old either. I’m 35 (for two more weeks, but I’m holding onto it) But when I wake up in the morning and can barely move from the previous night’s workout, it sure does make me FEEL old!

                Haha. Exercise is to blame. Just kidding. I am sore, but it also feels good. It just means it’s working!! 🙌

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