The Legacy of Jimi Hendrix

Here we are in March of the year 2016, 46 years since the death of Jimi Hendrix, who is quoted at the rock and roll hall of fame as being arguably the greatest instrumentalist of the rock and roll genre. His music has survived the test of time, and his legacy has grown along with it. His handiwork with a guitar has earned him the utmost respect from musicians the world over. His music has touched the hearts of millions, and his legacy will continue to grow strong as time marches ever forward.

What can be told about a guitarist who virtually created a genre of rock music all its own, long before it was thought to be proper in his era? When guitar legend Eric Clapton first heard Jimi Hendrix play live in the middle of his own bands set, he later described the experience. He said that Jimi walked out onto the stage and played his cover of the song Howlin’ Wolf. Clapton went on to say that Jimi did not play as if to upstage him, but rather with a casual finesse that more or less meant that Jimi was just playing like he always would. Clapton also said that after he witnessed that moment, his life was never the same again.

Many have wondered what led to Jimi Hendrix and the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s legacy. Not a bad question. There have been many great short lived musicians that weren’t nearly as influential or memorable, but why? It may have been that Jimi Hendrix almost always performed in clothing that was as wild and exotic as his guitar playing and music. It might also be that he played guitar as if it were a part of his own body, an extension of himself. Indeed, there are few guitarists who can match his level of natural skill.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience consisted of Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell on drums, Noel Redding on bass Jimi Hendrix ​Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame guitar, guitar, and backing vocals, and later Billy Cox on bass and backing vocals. Interestingly enough, the Experience was originally created as a backup band for Hendrix, but soon gained enough fame Jimi Hendrix after his ​death to become the actual band along with Hendrix.

After his untimely death in 1970, the band ceased and the world mourned the loss of who was likely the best guitarist of modern times. One by one, all of the original members of the Jimi Hendrix Experience died. Only Billy Cox, who was an additional member and not an original member, still survives today.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and even now his legacy lives on. Whether played on original vinyl’s, reprinted vinyl’s, cassettes, CD’s, mp3. YouTube, or some streaming audio service; The legacy will never die.

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