September 18, 1970 was undoubtedly a particularly sad day for many people. It was the day guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix passed away. He was hailed by millions of fans and every music critic and magazine as one of the best instrumentalists of all time. Almost every guitar player notes Hendrix as a main influence in their playing and have nothing but admiration for the musician. Hendrix had an illustrious career and made some dazzling recordings over the years despite passing at a very young age.
Hendrix is unfortunately a part of the notable ’27 club,’ a collection of musicians who died way too soon at the age of 27. These include Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, and of course, Hendrix.
This photo of Hendrix is from the iconic 1967 Monterey Pop Festival in California. Although he was becoming a well-known sensation, this performance really established him as guitar force to be reckoned with. This was also the performance when he literally set his guitar on fire! This stunned the audience and still remains as one of the most memorable moments in rock history.
Rest in peace Jimi, thank you for everything you did!