HIS music would reverberate throughout the centuries but his mainstream career, incredibly, would last just four years!

Jimi Hendrix, "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music", died this day in 1970 following drug-related asphyxia. He was just 27.

Hendrix, born Johnny Allen Hendrix, first picked up a guitar at the age of 15, but his music career took a backseat as he enlisted in the US Army as a paratrooper.

What is your favourite Jimi Hendrix song?

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Hey Joe

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Purple Haze

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The Wind Cries Mary

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Foxy Lady

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All Along the Watchtower

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After his honorable discharge in 1962, Hendrix moved to Clarksville, Tennessee and began playing with the Isley Brothers and Little Richard.

But his career didn't take off until he moved to England and was spotted by manager Chas Chandler.  

"Hey Joe", "Purple Haze", and "The Wind Cries Mary" - three immortal songs of rock and roll - followed each other in quick succession into the top ten of the UK billboard.

American audiences soon picked up on their prodigal son when he famously set his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.

But their love affair with the flamboyant, colourful and erotically-charged Hendrix wasn't confirmed until the following year when his third and final album - Electric Ladyland - reached No.1 in the US.

Then, at the height of his powers, Hendrix instigated his coup de grace, taking the stage as the headline act of the world's greatest festival - Woodstock - which included an ear-rattling, distorted version of the US anthem.

But like many of his contemporaries, Hendrix's candle burned bright but all too short and in 1970, he was rushed to hospital after failing to wake September 18.

He was pronounced dead shortly after by, following a post-mortem examination, drug-induced asphyxiation.


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