Jimi Hendrix was described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as, “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.” Pretty high praise for someone whose career only spanned four years in the late 60s and Jimi Hendrix earned every bit of it. After being granted an honorable discharge from the United States Army in 1962, Hendrix moved from his hometown of Seattle, Washington to Clarksville, Tennessee, finding his way to a spot in the Isley Brothers’ backing band. Hendrix went on to collaborate with Little Richard before being discovered in late 1966 after relocating to England. Within three months of his discovery, Hendrix and his band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, had earned three UK top 10 hits. After performing at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, Hendrix began to skyrocket in popularity in the United States. His third and final studio album, 1968’s Electric Ladyland, reached No. 1 in the United States and earned him the title of the highest-paid performer in the world. Hendrix played Woodstock in 1969, one of the most famous performances of all time. In 1970, Hendrix died from drug-related asphyxia. He has earned numerous awards posthumously and is widely considered to be one of the most important figures in rock and roll history.
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