Rock Legend Jimi Hendrix Died 44 Years Ago Today

On September 18, 1970, the American musician Jimi Hendrix died in London, aged 27 years. One of the most influential guitarists of the 1960s, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.”

Although the details of his final hours and death are disputed, Hendrix spent much of his last day with German figure skater Monika Dannemann. During the morning of September 18, she found him unresponsive in her apartment in Notting Hill.

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Music journalist Chuck Philips wrote: “In a field almost exclusively populated by white musicians, Hendrix has served as a role model for a cadre of young black rockers. His achievement was to reclaim title to a musical form pioneered by black innovators like Little Richard and Chuck Berry in the 1950s.”

Hendrix has influenced millions of guitarists including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Prince, Lenny Kravitz, and many more.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked Hendrix number one on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

 

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