81 years since the birth of Jimi Hendrix: the best guitar in rock history in 5 songs

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On this day, 81 years ago, someone who is considered one of the most influential musicians and guitarists in the history of rock was born in Seattle, Washington. Jimi Hendrix. Nobody like him combined blues, rock and psychedelia with so much ease and so much charisma.

Three albums recorded, in just seventeen months, with The Jimi Hendrix Experience elevated him as the most influential musician of the second half of the 60s of the last century and how one of the greatest rock legends.

Although his professional career was brief, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “unquestionably one of the greatest musicians in the history of rock.” His talent, his virtuosity, his expertise and his vigor are beyond doubt.

His death in London, September 18, 1970, at 27 years of ageit was a real setback for an entire generation for which Hendrix had become a reference for liberation through the sound of his guitaran instrument that no one like the Seattle musician has gotten as much out of in the history of rock.

Every November 27, thousands of fans around the world continue to remember him with respect and veneration on his birthday. For this reason, we collect five of the most celebrated interpretations of him.

Hey Joe (1966)

Various lawsuits and claims have led to confusion as to the true authorship of the song. It has had dozens of versions and reinterpretations over the last decades. For rock posterity, it was forever fixed in the way Jimi Hendrix gave it with his band when he chose it as his first single.

The Wind Cries Mary (1967)

Hendrix wrote the song as a reconciliatory love song for his London girlfriend, Kathy Etchingham. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 379 on its list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

Fire (1967)

Considered one of Hendrix’s most popular songs, he frequently played it at his concerts. Several live recordings have been released and the original version is included on numerous Hendrix compilation albums.

All Along the Watchtower (1968)

This song was written by the American singer Bob Dylan, and is also the song that Dylan has played the most times live. It has been performed by numerous artists, however, Jimi Hendrix’s version is usually considered the best of all time.

Stepping Stone (1970)

Written and produced by Hendrix, he recorded it in the early 1970s with the band Band of Gypsies by Hendrix, Billy Cox and Buddy Miles. It was published on April 13, 1970 and was the last single released by Hendrix before his death.


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