Happy Birthday, Jimi Hendrix! (Nov. 27, 1942)

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(Image created with DALLE-3. I know the guitar configuration is not exactly correct, but it's just a dumb AI representation! Lol 😎)

Hi WA Friends!

Just a quick reminder that It's Jimi's birthday today!

I previously wrote about him here:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/frankb-1/blog/happy-birthday-jimi-hendrix-nov-27-1942-excuse-me-while-i-kiss-the-sky

In the realm of music, there are guitarists, and then there is Jimi Hendrix. Jimi was not just a player; he was an innovator, a visionary, a sorcerer who conjured magic from six strings. His playing was a symphony of emotions, a cosmic dance that defied the boundaries of genre and convention.

His Brilliance

Hendrix's brilliance lay in his ability to seamlessly blend genres, incorporating elements of blues, rock, psychedelia, and even classical music into his own unique style. He was a master of technique, effortlessly employing effects pedals, feedback, and other sonic trickery to create sounds that had never been heard before. But what truly set him apart was his creativity, his ability to tap into the deepest recesses of human emotion and translate it into music.

Musical Impact

Hendrix's impact on music was nothing short of revolutionary. He single-handedly redefined the role of the electric guitar, transforming it from a rhythm instrument to a lead instrument capable of expressing a vast range of emotions. His influence can be heard in the music of countless guitarists who followed him, from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan to Eddie Van Halen.

Legacy

But Hendrix's legacy goes beyond mere technical mastery. He was a showman, a captivating performer who could mesmerize audiences with his electrifying stage presence. His flamboyant style and wild stage antics were as integral to his music as his guitar playing.

Hendrix's life, though tragically short, was a whirlwind of creativity and innovation. His four-year career spanned a period of immense musical change, and he was at the forefront of it all. His three studio albums, "Are You Experienced," "Axis: Bold as Love," and "Electric Ladyland," are considered masterpieces of rock music, and his live performances were legendary.

Discography:

Many of the albums below were released after Jimi's death, and there are many more "bootleg" albums that I didn't list. You should listen to all, but if you must choose just one, then go with Electric Ladyland (1968), which showcases how versatile Jimi was!

  • Are You Experienced (1967)
  • Axis: Bold as Love (1967)
  • Electric Ladyland (1968)
  • Band of Gypsys (1970)
  • Cry of Love (1971)
  • Rainbow Bridge (1971)
  • The Cry of Love Experience (1973)
  • War Heroes (1975)
  • In the West (1972)
  • Jimi Hendrix (1979)
  • Voodoo Soup (1970)
  • First Rays of the New Rising Sun (1997)

Happy Birthday, Jimi! πŸŽ‚

Rock On! 🀘
Frank 🎸

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Sorry I'm bit late to the party here Frank, haven't been around the last few days!

But, I couldn't miss out on wishing a belated happy birthday to the GOAT!!

Happy birthday Jimi, keep Rockin' on!!

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No worries, Nick. 😎

And, yes, Jimi is the Greatest of All Time! πŸ‘πŸ‘

Rock On! 🀘
Frank 🎸

Absolutely is Frank!!

Rock On buddy!!

πŸ‘πŸŽΈπŸ˜ŽπŸ»

I heard an anecdote that John Lennon was absolutely awestruck by Jimi's guitar playing. I couldn't really remember how it went, so I asked ChatGPT4:

"There are accounts and anecdotes suggesting that The Beatles, including Lennon, were awestruck by Hendrix's performance, especially his rendition of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Hendrix played this Beatles' song in a concert just two days after the album was released, showcasing not only his admiration for The Beatles but also his incredible ability to learn and reinterpret music quickly."

I guess talent knows talent when it sees it.

Cheers, Frank!

Dave

Hi Dave

Check it out:😎

https://youtu.be/czCvUiTt6vo?si=57WEBqBZ9QgyoYKL

https://youtu.be/Ma18RWRxRIw?si=E5-pC_rrhDJj5FKr

Frank 🀘🎸

Nice. Sir Paul is in awe.

...a slightly different rendering of Sgt. Pepper's than the Beatles did. I wonder if John asked Jimi to join the band.

Dave

Hi Dave

Jimi always did things his way, even when recording cover songs.

I can think of these covers, but I'm sure there are others:
Beatles: Sgt Pepper's
Clapton: Sunshine of your love
Dylan (who Jimi adored): All along the watchtower & Like a rolling stone
Billy Roberts: Hey Joe
Howlin' Wolf: Killing Floor
Chuck Berry: Johnny B. Goode

Jimi would never have fit in with the Beatles!

Jimi went on tour as the opening act for The Monkeys back in the 1960s. I was so excited that I was going to see Jimi play live, but he was kicked off the tour, and I lost the chance!

Apparently, The Monkeys fans did not appreciate Jimi's guitar playing.

The Monkeys never even recorded any of the music on their albums. It was all played and recorded by the wrecking crew. They were a made-for-TV sitcom band and were given music lessons so they could play basic versions of their songs on tour. Mike Nesbit was actually a real guitar player.

Check it out: Rock On!😎
Frank 🎸

I don't get the Monkees - Hendrix pairing in the first place. Mixing acid and bubblegum doesn't make sense to me.

I read your Wrecking Crew post. I didn't know who they were. Now I do thanks to FrankB-1.

Thanks, Frank. Your posts rock!

Dave

I appreciate that, Dave! πŸ‘πŸ™

Yeah, I agree. Having Hendrix as the opening act for The Monkees was one of the worst musical ideas of all time, Haha!

Back then, most young kids wanted to hear songs by The Monkeys, Partridge Family, etc. My band was playing Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, etc., but we also knew some Bubble Gum stuff to play at dances in middle school, etc.

I remember when my cousin was having a birthday party back in 1969. It was Bubble Gum heaven (or hell, depending on your point of view), and everyone was dancing to the music. I put on my Led Zeppelin I album, which was shut off after the first song ("Good Times Bad Times")! Lol 😎

Rock On! 🀘
Frank 🎸

That's a riot! Tommy Roe, The Cufflinks, then, BAM! Led Zeppelin.

I was into the Ohio Express and 1910 Fruitgum Company in 1969.

Haha, I still remember it like it was yesterday! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

I remember watching the clip of Jimi lighting his guitar on fire. I believe he was inspired by Peter Townshend of the Who and wanted to one up him. 🎸πŸ”₯
I imagine you would need to bring some 'spares' on tour if he did that regularly. πŸ€”

Appreciate the post, Frank! 🀘
Isaiah 😊

Hi Isaiah

That’s correct. Jimi lit his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival.

Many others have copied him by wrecking guitars and amps including Pete Townsend, Ritchie Blackmore, Yngwie Malmsteen, and many others.😎

Frank πŸ€˜πŸ™

Jimi was an awesome talent, arguably the greatest guitarist of them all.
One of many musicians taken far too early.

Rick

Absolutely correct, Rick!😎

He died when I was in high school and I was totally crushed.

Frank 🀘🎸

Thanks for this, Frank.

Happy Birthday, Jimi!

JD

You’re welcome, JD. 😎

If you enjoyed it check out my other post on Jimi that I linked to.

Frank 🀘🎸

Truthfully, Frank, Jimi was not a favorite, but he does have his place.

I enjoy all of your articles.

JD

Thanks, JD! πŸ˜ŽπŸ™

Frank 🀘🎸

Welcome, Frank.

JD

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