James Marshall Hendrix (born Jonny Allen Hendrix)
on 27/11/1942 in Seattle,USA.
Guitarist and singer songwriter and considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in musical history and one of the most influential musicians of his era.
He achieved fame in the USA following his 1967 performance at the Monterey pop festival.
Hendrix headlined the iconic 1969 woodstock festival and the 1970 Isle of wight pop festival.
Jimi often favored raw overdriven amplifiers with high gain and treble and also helped develop the technique of amplifier feedback and popularized the use of the Wah-Wah pedal in mainstream rock which he used to exaggerate his pitch in his solos, particularly with high bends,complex guitar playing and the use of legato.
In the studio he broke new ground by using the recording studio as an extension of his musical ideas and was one of the first to use Stereophonic phasing effects for rock recording.
Hendrix won many of the most prestigious rock music awards in his lifetime,and has been posthumously awarded many more,including being inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and UK Music Hall of Fame and he has a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.
Early on september 18 1970 Jimi died in London, He had spent the latter part of the previous evening at a party and was picked up by girlfriend Monika Dannemann and driven to her flat at 22 Lansdowne Crescent Nottinghill London.
Autopsy data and statements from friends about the evening of september 17th conclude that he died a few hours after midnight,though no precise estimate was made at the original inquest.
Dannemann claimed in her original testimony that after they returned to her flat the evening before, Hendrix unknown to her, had taken nine of her prescribed Vesparax sleeping pills, the normal medical dose was half a tablet, but Hendrix was unfamiliar with this very strong brand.
According to Surgeon John Bannister the doctor who initially attended to him, Hendrix had asphyxiated on his own vomit.
There are many contentious issues surrounding the death of Jimi with allegations of murder and the fact that Dannemann’s later statments were often contradictory and varying from interview to interview.
Following a libel case brought by Jimi’s long-term girlfriend Kathy Etchingham, Monica Dannemann comitted suicide.
In a book published in may 2009 a former Animals roadie James “Tappy” Wright claimed that Jimi’s manager Mike Jeffery, admitted to him that he had Hendrix killed because the rock star wanted to end his managment contract.
We wil probably never know the whole truth behind the death of Jimi but he will live on forever in his music and will go on inspiring young artist’s always.
The Legend Jimi Hendrix.
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