Happy Birthday Jimi Hendrix: Fans Show Love on Would-Be 78th Birthday

by Joe Rutland

Jimi Hendrix and his mark on music and culture remains as strong today as it did when the guitar virtuoso died in 1970.

Fans from all over the world are paying homage to Hendrix, who would have turned 78 on Friday. He set the music scene on fire with his electric performances, a mixture of blues and rock influences, and out-of-sight clothes.

In addition, it can be difficult to put into words what Jimi Hendrix and his legacy mean right now.

So, let’s let Hendrix, through his music, speak.

Here’s a performance of “Purple Haze” at the Atlanta Pop Festival.

For the blues fans, here’s Hendrix performing “Hey Joe” live in 1967.

On Twitter, remembrances are being posted too.

Additionally, Hendrix’s biography on his website fittingly ties together the strings of his many talents and influences.

“From demo recordings to finished masters, Jimi Hendrix generated an amazing collection of songs over the course of his short career,” according to the biography.

“The music of Jimi Hendrix embraced the influences of blues, ballads, rock, R&B, and jazz a collection of styles that continue to make Hendrix one of the most popular figures in the history of rock music.”

Jimi Hendrix Death Remains Mysterious

Meanwhile, there continues to be a swirl of ongoing rumors and stories around Hendrix’s death on Sept. 18, 1970, in London.

Author Philip Norris offers his insights through his book, “Wild Thing: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix.”

For many purposes, in the years since Hendrix’s death, many theories have surfaced about what actually happened.

These include, according to Fox News, that the mafia murdered him or he was killed by secret service agents. Norman rejects these as possibilities.

“It was an avoidable accident,” Norman said. “A totally avoidable accident.”

In any case, stories will come and go about Hendrix. What’s left, though, is a musical treasure trove of psychedelic greatness and guitar wizardry.