Jimi Hendrix would have turned 75-years-old today. Born in Seattle, Washington, as Johnny Allen Hendrix on November 27, 1942, Jimi Hendrix became one of the most (if not most) influential guitarists and performance in rock history. With cutting-edge technical skills and visionary proficiency, Hendrix revolutionized the electric guitar, bringing its sounds into new musical dimensions. The profound impact he had on music history and the influence he would wield on upcoming guitarists was unimaginable. Jimi Hendrix died on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27-years-old, the official cause was asphyxia.
In only four short years, Jimi Hendrix left an indelible mark on rock music and changed it forever. He is the most influential guitarist who has ever lived and continues to inspire new guitarists to this day. Some of his most notable performances include “Purple Haze,” “Foxy Lady,” “Voodoo Child,” “Castles Made of Sand,” “Fire,” “The Star Spangled Banner,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” and “Wild Thing.”
Jimi Hendrix performed live at Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival. His album “Band of Gypsies” was recorded live.
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Happy 75th birthday to the legendary Jimi Hendrix! His legacy will live forever. ? pic.twitter.com/htVrbV7l5Z
— Okayplayer (@okayplayer) November 27, 2017
Birthday tributes spread across social media networks with shout-outs from Fender, BBC, Okayplayer, The Blues Foundation, Mzilikazi wa Afrika, Rolling Stone, Discogs, and more.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) November 27, 2017
— Fender (@Fender) November 27, 2017
The United States Army remembered Jimi Hendrix for his military service. Hendrix served in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division.
— U.S. Army (@USArmy) November 27, 2017
Many in the music industry recognized Jimi’s amazing foresight and not only how he revolutionized music, but how many today are still trying to catch up to where Jimi was back in the sixties.
The Grio shared an animated infographic that shared some of Hendrix’ history.
Happy Birthday to the legendary Jimi Hendrix, who revolutionized music! Rock and Roll will never forget you! pic.twitter.com/cOGBEywZDu
— theGrio.com (@theGrio) November 27, 2017
Though Jimi Hendrix died in 1970, he continues to be the subject of movies and documentaries. His archival footage is in high demand and is often used in various media projects.
Jimi Hendrix’ songs can be heard in movies such as War for the Planet of the Apes, Almost Famous, Now You See Me 2, Minions, and Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Jimi Hendrix is the subject of the documentary Electric Church.
Some fans chose Jimi’s birthday to ask the question if you could bring back one famous musician who had passed away, who would it be. Without hesitation, numerous people responded they would bring Jimi Hendrix back.
While many people shared birthday wishes and greetings, it was evident that the rock and roll legend is missed and loved by many.