James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was born November 27, 1942. He was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter widely considered the greatest electric guitarist of all time, and one of the most influential musicians of his era across a range of genres. He often favoured raw overdriven amplifiers with high gain and treble, and helped develop the previously undesirable technique of guitar amplifier feedback. Hendrix popularized use of the wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock which he often used to deliver an exaggerated pitch in his solos, particularly with high bends and use of legato. Hendrix’s first full length release with his band The Jimi Hendrix Experience, came with Are You Experienced in 1967 at the age of 25, which went on to debut at number 1 in the UK charts. However, whilst there was widespread success in other parts of the world, The Jimi Hendrix experience was yet to crack America, with their first single release there Hey Joe, failing to make an impression. Fortunately after befriending John Lennon and Paul Mccartney, they were able to recommend the band to the Monteray International Pop Festival. This was an opportune moment for the band firstly because of the size and reputation of the festival, but more importantly due to the myriad of journalists sent to report on it. The Jimi Hendrix Experience did not disappoint, famously ending their set with Jimi smashing and setting alight his guitar. A documentary was made of the festival and the Jimi Hendrix Experience were a prominent part, soon after becoming a force in American music culture.
With America conquered and another successful album released in the form of Axis: Bold as Love in the same year, the band were to release their third and most famous studio LP, Electric Ladyland. The making of the album was marred by Jimi’s insistence on perfection with sources reporting that the recording of one of its tracks Gypsy Eyes took place 43 times before Hendrix was content. The recording period lead to the breakdown of manager/friend Chas Chandler professional relationship with Hendrix, and tensions created here would inevitably lead to Bassist Noel Reading leaving the band. Despite this the album went two times platinum and remains arguable the bands most acclaimed work. Following Readings departure, the band played a famous set at Woodstock in which Hendrix allegedly played whilst on LSD, but soon after the band went their different ways before Hendrix began work with a new band, The Band of Gypsies. They release a live album in 1970 which went multi-platinum and things continued to progress well for Hendrix and his musical associates. Tragically however, on the 18th of September 1970, Hendrix was found dead in his apartment from an apparent sleeping pill overdose, subsequently dying of asphyxiation on his own vomit. With the relatively shallow catalogue of music released within his lifetime ,Hendrix sold more than 20 million albums and will forever be remembered as one of, if not the greatest electric guitarist of all time.